Location University of Newcastle, Centre for Organic Electronics - biomedical sciences
App. deadline 19/07/2019
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

PhD Scholarship in Bioelectronics

Project background

The fields of neurobiology and microelectronics have developed rapidly in the last century, which has presented the tantalising prospect of directly interfacing electronic devices with living tissue. In this way, devices can directly supply information to the neural network of a living entity and neurons can directly trigger electronic devices thus controlling them by a mere thought!

A deep understanding of how neurons interact with electronic materials, in particular semiconductors, benefits a wide range of futuristic and current medical applications. Examples of applications are

  • neurostimulation with light, i.e. artificial retinas to cure blindness or vision loss
  • controlling electrical appliances by neuronal read-out
  • deep-brain stimulation to treat Parkinson disease
  • drug delivery implants
  • nerve cell regeneration and guidance

Organic semiconductors have been identified as a suitable class of materials that meet both the biological requirements (e.g. mechanical elasticity, ionic conduction) and electronic requirements (e.g. solid-state charge conduction), which make them an ideal material for bioelectronic applications. These next-generation medical devices will provide better health outcomes and quality of life.

PhD projects are available in

  • neurostimulation with light
  • nerve cell regeneration and guidance
  • drug delivery
  • 2D and 3D printing of bioelectronic devices

PhD Scholarship

The successful candidate will receive a University living allowance for three and a half years and a relocation allowance of up to $1500. The current living allowance stipend rate is AUD$27,082 per annum (2018 rate, indexed annually) tax-free.

Eligibility Criteria

Minimum eligibility criteria: English proficiency. A research Master's Degree or Bachelor Degree with Honours Class One or equivalent.

The successful candidate must commence his/her PhD program before 31 October 2018.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please contact Dr Krishna Feron (krishna.feron@newcastle.edu.au) and provide your curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies; complete tertiary academic record (with grades/GPA scores, and official grading scale details), and award certificate(s).

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Further Information / Application Enquiries

Dr Krishna Feron