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PhD scholarship - Applied molecular science: energy materials and polymers

Apply now Job No:511874
Area:Aust Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology
Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($28,092.00 - $28,092.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
Location: St Lucia

Research Environment

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

The successful student will join the group of ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Debra Bernhardt, in AIBN which has a well-established research program in study of nonequilibrium systems. They will contribute to the research program and join a team of research fellows and students working on the development of theory and simulation algorithms and their application to clean energy applications, polymer processing and other nonequilibrium processes. They will have access to all the necessary computational facilities through UQ infrastructure and also nationally competitive grants. The student will have the opportunity to interact with the broader community of theoretical and computational molecular scientists through involvement in the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science. The AIBN has an active student society and UQ provides many development opportunities.

The award

Supervisor – Professor Debra Bernhardt

We are looking for PhD researchers to join our team which is investigating processes occurring in clean energy storage systems and/or polymer processing using molecular simulations. Computer simulations at the molecular level allow an understanding of the behaviour of a system to be obtained under operating conditions. This provides the knowledge and information to assist in improving processes. Our group is interested in sustainable energy applications and processing as well as developing new methods to simulate these systems. The PhD student will use state-of-the-art simulation methods developed in our group and by others, to study these out-of-equilibrium systems and contribute to the development of more sustainable technologies in this way.

A working knowledge of undergraduate-level mathematics and a keen interest in either clean energy applications and/or polymer processing would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ. Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of chemistry, physics and/or chemical engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of computer coding or molecular simulation is highly desirable.


The 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$28,597 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply).


For further information, please contact Professor Debra Bernhardt at

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘BERNHARDT POLYMERS’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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