PhD research scholarship in "Collective properties of biological cells"
Swinburne University of Technology

Department of Mathematics

Closing date: 31st May 2014

PhD scholarship applications are welcome from suitably qualified graduates in physics, applied mathematics or engineering, to undertake cutting-edge research in the field of collective motility of biological cells, in the group of Dr. Federico Frascoli at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia). The project will be in collaboration with A/Prof. Matthew Simpson of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and will be focused on computational and analytical modeling of growth, diffusion and transport phenomena in biological cells. In particular, investigation of the role of individual forces in shaping macroscopic properties of collections of cells will be pursued. This is relevant for a variety of biologically fundamental contexts, such as wound healing and cancer development processes.

Swinburne University of Technology is ranked in the top 400 Universities in the world in the latest 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities, and is within the top 10 in Australia. It is only one of two Australian Universities in the top 100 Universities in the world for physics. The city of Melbourne has been ranked the most liveable city in the world in a variety of surveys throughout the last decade, including The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Survey.

Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Awards offer a non-taxable indexed stipend of $25,392 per year and a tuition fee scholarship (total value: around $49k p.a.) for up to three years for doctoral studies, with the possibility of a 6-month extension. Furthermore, students will have access to funds to attend and present their research at local and/or international conferences. Candidates for this project are also expected to spend time at QUT during their PhD. Given the strong ties our group has with local and international researchers, there is also the opportunity to travel in Australia and overseas for further collaborations.

International students should apply for both an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and a Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award (SUPRA). Permanent residents of Australia may apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). Outstanding international and local candidates may also apply for the Swinburne Chancellor's Research Scholarship (CRS). Details of available scholarships and application forms may be found at the following web site:

http://www.research.swinburne.edu.au/higher-degrees/scholarships/.

Please note that international students who have received their university instruction in a language other than English must sit their IELTS or TOEFL test before the close of applications and receive the minimum required results, see

http://www.international.swinburne.edu.au/entry-requirements/english/

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Federico Frascoli (ffrascoli@swin.edu.au) to discuss their suitability and interests, and should attach their CV, undergraduate and postgraduate academic transcripts.

For more information about the participants please consult the following websites:

http://www.swinburne.edu.au/science-engineering-technology/staff-profiles/view.php?who=ffrascoli

http://mj-simpson.com.



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