PhD Scholarship
Queensland University of Technology

School of Mathematical Sciences

Posted on: Mon Apr 18 2016

Project Description

My research group is recruiting several PhD students who will work on projects at either the interface between applied mathematics and cell biology, or the interface between applied mathematics and medical technology.

Together with a number of collaborators at Brisbane's Translational Research Institute, the Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation, and the Centre for Children's Health Research, there are several opportunities for PhD students to work on exciting real world research projects that involve developing and analysing mathematical models of various biological and medically inspired problems. These processes include:

  1. three-dimensional tumour spheroid assays
  2. propagation of thermal energy and associated damage in living tissues, and
  3. the treatment of paediatric hydrocephalus by shunting.

These projects will involve formulating appropriate mathematical models, calibrating these models to experimental data/observations, and interpreting the predictions of the calibrated mathematical models in terms of the biological/medical problem. The success of the projects require working in interdisciplinary research teams with applied mathematicians, cell biologists and medical researchers. As such, the outcomes will contribute to both the applied mathematics literature and the biological/medical literature.

The successful applicants will be based in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queensland University of Technology, and join my research group who are working on projects in mathematical biology.


Applicants should hold a first class Honours degree or equivalent (such as a Master's degree) in applied mathematics, engineering or related discipline. Strong academic performance, excellent written communication skills and expertise in computational techniques (FORTRAN, C++, MATLAB) are essential.

The applicant must be eligible to enrol in a PhD at Queensland University of Technology. Scholarships, indexed annually (AU$26,288 in 2015), are available. The scholarship is tax exempt for full-time students, and is to support living costs for up to 3 years for doctoral students. International students will receive an accompanying QUT Higher Degree Research Tuition Fee Sponsorship.


For further information please contact Professor Matthew Simpson,


Open all year round.

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