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Name of Scholarship Eligible Program Status/Reference Closing Date
Research Pathway Scholarship
MRES2 OPEN 30 SEPT 14

All full-time domestic candidates receive a stipend in Session 1 of $4,000. To receive a stipend of $4,000 in Session 2 candidates require an average Standardised Numerical Grade (SNG) of 65 or above at the end of Session 1. To be eligible to receive a stipend of $16,000 in Year 2 candidates require an overall average SNG of 75 or above in Year 1 of the program, or equivalent in the highest level of previous study.

In 2015, fulltime domestic candidates entering the second year of the program who have attained an average score over 85, in either the first year of the program or in the qualification they use for entry, will receive a stipend at the same rate as the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for PhD (currently $25,392, subject to indexation). Fulltime domestic candidates who attain a score of 75 or more, but less than 85 will continue to receive $16,000.

From 2016, Macquarie will offer a significant number of scholarships at the APA rate for MRes Year 2 candidates, based on merit.

Further information can be found at the Research Pathway Scholarships webpage

Additionally, refer to scholarships listed below with an eligible program of MRES2 for further funding opportunities.

2014 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)/MQRES Round
MPHIL
PHD
CLOSED 31 OCT 13

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarships for domestic higher degree research candidates for enrolment in Semester 1 2014

The Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) is a Government funded scholarship offered to domestic higher degree research candidates of exceptional promise. Macquarie University has a number of APA scholarships available to offer newly commencing or currently enrolled suitably qualified higher degree research candidates for Semester 1, 2014. Applicants must be citizens of Australian or New Zealand or have been granted Australian Permanent Residency by the closing date.

The number of APA places funded varies from year to year. All applications are competitively rated and ranked.

Unsuccessful shortlisted APA applicants may also be considered for additional Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) opportunities.

APA scholarship holders are awarded a scholarship for three years for a PhD candidate and for two years for a Masters by research (MPhil) candidate. All successful APA or MQRES applicants will receive a fortnightly stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) stipend rate, $25,392 pa in 2014, tax exempt. APA and MQRES holders in either a PhD or MPhil additionally receive Research Training Scheme (RTS) support to cover research degree tuition fee costs.

APA and MQRES scholarships require applicants to be eligible for entry into a PhD or MPhil program.
Please note that the Macquarie University Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (MRes) degree program is not a 'research masters' degree for the purpose of applying for an APA.

Information about eligibility requirements for PhD and MPhil programs is available at:
http://hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/research_degrees/doctor_of_philosophy_phd and
http://hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/research_degrees/master_of_philosophy_mphil

Successful applicants will usually have an outstanding academic record, a history of scholarships and prizes at the undergraduate level, and may have evidence of peer-reviewed research activity, such as publications and/or conference presentations.

While currently enrolled higher degree research candidates are eligible to apply, any consumed enrolment will be counted as advanced standing and reduce the scholarship duration.

Additional information for applicants (PDF)

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Closing Date: 31 October 2013.

We strongly recommend that all applicants submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date. Incomplete applications can not be considered.

2014 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Mid Year Round
MPHIL
PHD
CLOSED 30 JUN 14

Mid-Year 2014 APA
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarships for domestic higher degree research candidates for enrolment in Semester Two (2), 2014

The Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) is a Government funded scholarship offered to domestic higher degree research candidates of exceptional promise. Macquarie University has 30 APA scholarships available to offer newly commencing or currently enrolled suitably qualified higher degree research candidates for Semester Two (2), 2014

Who can apply?
Applicants must:

  • commence the APA in Semester Two (2) 2014 and no deferral of award is allowed
  • be citizens of Australian or New Zealand or have been granted Australian Permanent Residency by the closing date
  • be eligible for entry into a PhD or MPhil program. Please note that the Macquarie University Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (MRes) degree program is not a 'research masters' degree for the purpose of applying for an APA.
  • Information about eligibility requirements and the form to apply for PhD and MPhil programs is available at: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

    All applications are competitively rated and ranked. Successful applicants will usually have:

    • an outstanding academic record
    • a history of scholarships and prizes at the undergraduate level, and
    • may have evidence of peer-reviewed research activity, such as publications and/or conference presentations

    What do APA scholarship holders receive?

    APA scholarship holders are awarded a scholarship for up to three years for a PhD candidate and for up to two years for a Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) candidate. All successful APA applicants will receive a fortnightly living allowance stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) stipend rate, $25,392 pa in 2014, tax exempt. APA holders in either a PhD or MPhil additionally receive Research Training Scheme (RTS) support to cover research degree tuition fee costs.

    How do I apply?
    Applicants need to:

    • complete a candidature/scholarship application form
    • arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office.

    Refer to: HDR Applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    While currently enrolled higher degree research candidates are eligible to apply, any consumed enrolment will be counted as advanced standing and will reduce the scholarship duration.

    Additional information for applicants (PDF)

    When do I need to apply by?

    Closing Date: 30 June 2014

    We strongly recommend that all applicants submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date. Incomplete applications can not be considered.

    Macquarie University Indigenous Research Pathway Program
    MRES2
    MPHIL
    PHD
    OPEN (All Year)
    Please refer to the following link for more information:
    HDR Scholarships for Indigenous Australians

    Faculty of Arts

    ARTS: Sociology - Affinities in Multicultural Australia
    PHD 2014074 7 JULY 14

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Sociology associated with successful ARC Discovery Project DP140100424 for the following project.

    Project Name: Affinities in Multicultural Australia

    One of the most significant and ongoing concerns in Australia is the implicit, and sometimes explicit, assumption in public discourse s that some ethnic groups practice 'backward religions', maintain 'inferior values' or live ‘parallel lives’. Australia’s policy and public discourses continue to concentrate on the consequences of diversity and the need for immigrant integration and social cohesion. The ‘Australian Value Statement’ and the Citizenship Test are both focused on statements of Australian core values. Although there is a renewed commitment to multiculturalism, concern with issues of ‘social cohesion’ and ‘shared values’ remains. But what are the values actually held by Anglo-Celtic Australians and members of immigrants groups, and where do our similarities and differences lie?

    The PhD candidate will conduct in-depth ethnographical research, with an emphasis on the ‘practices’ aspect of values and affinities. S/he will have access to the data collected for the main project and will build on this by including two more ethnic groups and an in-depth comparison between two locations.

    Applicants should have research qualifications in a relevant discipline (eg, Sociology, Anthropology, History).

    The successful applicant will need to start in the second half of 2014. The doctoral students will be supervised by Associate Professor Ellie Vasta (Principal supervisor Sociology) and Professor Lucy Taksa (Associate Supervisor Marketing and Management).

    Associate Professor Ellie Vasta has published on themes of of social solidarity and transnational identities, community and identity; racism; immigrant women; immigrant agency; second and third generation Australians of immigrant background http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/faculties_and_departments/faculty_of_arts/department_of_sociology/staff/associate_professor_ellie_vasta/

    Professor Taksa has published on migrant workers, inter-cultural relations, identity intersections, multicultural policy and Diversity Management http://www.businessandeconomics.mq.edu.au/contact_the_faculty/all_fbe_staff/lucy_taksa/

    The successful candidate will join approx. 40 students in the department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts. The Department of Sociology has a world class ERA ranking that brings together high quality interdisciplinary researchers. It provides a stimulating intellectual research environment via monthly colloquia, regular Faculty research development workshops, and access to the expertise of academic staff in the Faculty of Arts. The student will have similar access in the faculty of Business and Economics.

    Interested prospective candidates should contact Associate Professor Ellie Vasta, ellie.vasta@mq.edu.au) or Phone: (02) 9850 8078 for further information and before submitting an application form.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number 2014074 on your application

    ARTS: Philosophy - Cinematic Ethics: Exploring Ethical Experience through Film
    PHD 2014093 & 2014094 7 JULY 14

    Two full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are available for suitably qualified prospective PhD candidates in the Department of Philosophy associated with successful ARC Future Fellowship project FT130100334.

    Please quote the allocation reference numbers 2014093 & 2014094 on your application form.

    These two MQRES Scholarships are part of the ARC Future Fellowship project (FT130100334) on Cinematic Ethics awarded to Dr Robert Sinnerbrink. This project is a study of cinema as a medium of ethical experience and critical reflection. It brings together philosophy, film theory, aesthetics, and ethical theory, to understand how film can evoke ethical experience through images and narrative. Although recent work in philosophy of film has begun exploring the question of ethics, there is comparatively little theoretical reflection on what this means: how do movies evoke and express ethical ideas? How can they reveal the complexities of a moral or political situation? What role does our emotional involvement play in this process? Can the aesthetic elements of film be ethically significant? The successful PhD candidates will contribute to exploring these and related questions in order to theorise how film, through its power of aesthetic presentation, can exercise our moral imaginations and enhance our ethical understanding.

    The successful candidates would be expected to produce research with a complementary yet stand-alone focus with respect to the research project outlined above.

    The scholarships must be taken up by second semester 2014.

    Initial inquiries should be directed to Dr. Robert Sinnerbrink, email: robert.sinnerbrink@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 (0)2 9850 9935 before submitting an application.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation reference numbers 2014093 & 2014094 on your application.

    ARTS: Modern History, Politics and International Relations - Regional Politics in the Southwest Pacific: From Colonialism and Cold War to the Asia-Pacific Century
    PHD 2014068 7 JULY 14

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations associated with successful ARC Discovery Project DP140101227 for the following project.

    Project Name: Regional Politics in the Southwest Pacific: From Colonialism and Cold War to the Asia-Pacific Century

    The principal aim is to investigate the development of regionalism in the Southwest Pacific from the early postwar period to the present with a particular focus on identity politics. For the purposes of the project, the region consists of the Pacific Island countries of Melanesia and Western Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand. Particular issues include colonial legacies and neocolonialism, the geopolitical legacy of the Cold War, panregionalism and the Polynesia/Melanesia divide, and the advent of other actors and interests in the region, especially since the end of the Cold War. It will examine the main drivers of regionalism and subregionalism (including the rise of the Melanesian Spearhead Group) and Australia and New Zealand’s record in regional relations and diplomacy. The conceptual framework incorporates insights from cultural theory and international relations theory.

    Previous research experience in any aspect of Pacific Island politics is desirable but not essential.

    Interested prospective candidates should contact Professor Stephanie Lawson (stephanie.lawson@mq.edu.au) or Phone: (02) 98508878 or 0410970447 for further information and before submitting an application form.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number 2014068 on your application

    ARTS: Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies - 'Switched-on Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers'
    PHD 2014081 31 JULY 14

    A full-time domestic PhD Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies associated with Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley’s ARC Future Fellowship, ‘Switched-on Audiences: Australian Listeners and Viewers’.

    It is hoped the successful domestic applicant will work on an aspect of twentieth-century Australian radio or television reception history. Proposals for an Australian newspaper or magazine reception historical study will also be considered.

    Macquarie University is also home to Australia’s only Centre for Media History

    Interested prospective candidates should contact Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley (b.foley@mq.edu.au) or Phone: (02) 9850 8828 for further information and before submitting an application form.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application

    ARTS: Philosophy - Information and self-organisation in living systems
    PHD 2014110 31 JULY 14

    The PhD project is part of a larger collaborative project on the causal foundation of biological information funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and jointly hosted by Macquarie University and University of Sydney. The project aims to develop a conception of biological information general enough to capture information-processing in gene regulatory networks, epigenetics, and environmental inputs in development, and to incorporate the emergence of de novo information from processes of self-organisation. This unification will vindicate the idea that biological systems are distinctive amongst physical systems in being informed systems, without subscribing to a narrow gene-centric view of biological information. This PhD project will be under the supervision of Dr Karola Stotz, but the candidate will have access to the whole research team for additional expertise. It will focus on creation of de novo information in biological systems through processes of self-organisation. It may also look at the role of self-organisation in evolutionary processes. It will draw on recent developments in the philosophical literature on causation and information, as well as on the literature on self-organisation in philosophy of science and a range of sciences. The project has the potential to make a substantial contribution to the philosophical understanding of self-organising processes and their significance across the sciences.

    Interested prospective candidates should contact Karola Stotz (Karola.stotz@mq.edu.au) or Phone: 0450 224 228 for further information.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions.Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application

    ARTS: MMCS - Cultural Conversations: A History of ABC Radio National
    PHD 2014110 31 JULY 14

    The successful applicant will be working as part of a team to contribute to a qualitative and historical study of the ABC’s national radio network, Radio National (RN). This ARC funded project associated with Dr Virginia Madsen (Lead CI), CIs Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley and Prof. John Potts is mapping RN’s practices and programs to understand their changing contribution to Australian public life, media and culture. The project aims to investigate and assess RN’s singular role as a democratic polity and as a mix of dynamic cultures in conversation, exploring value and impacts of the network’s programming and ‘ideas culture’ on Australian debate and within the wider society over 80 years. It is addressing an underestimated area of Australian cultural history through foundational empirical, contextual and comparative research, examining policy and productions of a longstanding and respected media and cultural institution. The outcomes of this project will be significant for media, radio and public service broadcasting studies nationally and internationally, and offer a resource for policy makers here and abroad.

    The successful applicant’s Doctoral study could focus on one of a range of topics relating to the history and impacts over time of this national ideas broadcaster and cultural institution. Possible areas of research could include: science broadcasting on Radio 2/RN (a prominent strand of RN’s programming); the important nexus between Australian literary cultures and the ABC’s cultural radio outlet over 80 years; qualitative audience studies relating to RN’s influence and impact on diverse communities and the public sphere including/or how it may have influenced public interest discourses, public affairs and policy formation; or, a study of RN’s contributions to the rural sphere and its impacts on regional Australia and/or education in those communities.

    The successful candidate would be expected to produce research with a complementary yet stand-alone focus with respect to the research project outlined above.

    Principal Supervisor: Dr Virginia Madsen.
    Co-supervision: Professor John Potts.

    Interested prospective candidates should contact Dr Virginia Madsen (virginia.madsen@mq.edu.au) or Phone: +61 (0)2 98502180 for further information.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions.Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application

    Faculty of Business and Economics

    There are currently no project-specific scholarships available for the Faculty of Business and Economics. Please refer to the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) information above for further information and availability of main round APA scholarships.

    Faculty of Human Sciences

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Institute of Early Childhood - Investigating educator-infant talk and infant-peer interactions in Long Day Care
    PHD 2014072 30 JUN 14

    Very young children’s participation in language rich experiences form a foundation for their immediate and long-terms learning and wellbeing. Most studies in this area have focussed on mother-child interactions but this project comprises an in-depth investigation of the complex educator-infant and infant-peer interactions which occur in long day care centres. The project aims to:

  • investigate the quantity and qualities of language used by infant educators when interacting with infants,

  • investigate the qualities of the communicative interactions that are entered into by infants in long day care centres,
  • To determine relationships between (i) educators’ qualifications, adult-child ratios, group size and the availability of professional support and (ii) the language qualities of infant long day care programs, and
  • explore how infants and educators in long day care centres use their linguistic resources to initiate and sustain reciprocal interactions between infants, their educators and peers.
  • This 3-year project will use a variety of observational methods to record and analyse the talk and interactions that take place in infant long-day-care rooms providing for 0- to 2-year-old children.

    One full-time PhD scholarship is available: MQRES #2014072 funded by Macquarie University

    The successful candidate will work within a case-study approach to develop and implement a fine-grained analysis of educator-infant and/or infant-peer interactions. There will be the potential for the candidate to develop with own approach and focus within the aims and scope of the ARC funded study.

    This scholarship is for commencement in 2014 semester 2. Candidates should refer to the University’s 2014 PhD admission requirements at Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) web page

    Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Dr Sheila Degotardi(Sheila.degotardi@mq.edu.au) or phone: +61 (0)2 9850 9895

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions.Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application.

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Education - Designing effective learning experiences: Investigating novice and expert teachers’ design processes
    PHD 2014069 30 JUN 14

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Education associated with successful ARC Discovery Project DP140100970.

    Project Name: Designing effective learning experiences: Investigating novice and expert teachers’ design processes

    Primary school teachers are responsible for designing learning experiences for their students in an increasingly complex environment. This project will advance understanding by: characterising and identifying differences in how novice and expert teachers approach the design of learning experiences for their students; capturing expert design processes through practice examples; and investigating how expert practice examples stimulate novice teachers to design learning experiences. This new understanding of teachers' design processes is necessary if we are to enhance teacher preparation and continued professional learning.

    We would like to attract a PhD student who is interested in researching teacher thinking and practices.

    The successful candidate will join with an established collaborative research team including Lori Lockyer, Sue Bennett and Shirley Agostinho.

    Interested prospective candidates should contact Prof Lori Lockyer (lori.lockyer@mq.edu.au) or Phone: 02 9850 9816 for further information and to discuss possible research directions within this project, and before submitting an application form.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number 2014069 on your application

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Linguistics - When do gestures become linguistic? Understanding the gesture-language interface through a corpus-based study of pointing signs in signed languages
    PHD 2014065 31 AUG 14

    The ARC project (June 2014-June 2017) will use corpus-based and experimental studies to compare pointing signs in three sign languages (in Australia, the UK and The Netherlands) and with pointing gestures used by hearing non-signers. The PhD project will focus on eye-gaze behavior when pronouns and pointing gestures are produced. It will involve controlled experiments to collect data on eye-gaze direction using eye-tracking technology when deaf native signers and hearing non-signers use pronouns and pointing gestures.

    The successful applicant will:
  • have a recent appropriate undergraduate degree and masters-level qualification (preferably in linguistics or psychology)
  • ideally should have undergone relevant research training
  • ideally have some competence in a sign language (strongly favored)

  • Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Professor Trevor Johnston(trevor.johnston@mq.edu.au) or phone: +61 (0)2 9850 8067

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions.Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number 2014065 on your application.

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Australian School of Advanced Medicine - CSF Physiology: Fluid flow in the spinal cord and subarachnoid space
    PHD 2014079 31 AUG 14

    A full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate in the Australian School of Advanced Medicine associated with successful NHMRC APP1063628.

    Project Name: CSF Physiology: Fluid flow in the spinal cord and subarachnoid space

    Fluid homeostasis in the CNS is essential for normal neurological function. CSF circulation clears potentially toxic metabolites, proteins, neurotransmitters and pathogens, therefore, abnormalities in CSF homeostasis can lead to serious neurological conditions (eg. hydrocephalus, oedema, syringomyelia). There are numerous ways in which normal CSF flow can be disturbed, including meningitis, head injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. The financial and emotional cost of each of these conditions is substantial, and available treatments are unsatisfactory. Although a fundamental aspect of many of these conditions, the routes of fluid flow into and out of the CNS remain poorly defined.

    We, and others, have recently demonstrated that fluid flows rapidly into the CNS parenchyma via peri-arterial spaces. In the brain, fluid flow has been shown to continue through the interstitum and exit via para-venular spaces. Whether this pathway is also present in the spinal cord has not been determined. In addition, important questions remain with regards to the role of aquaporins lining para-vascular spaces, and effect of obstructions on fluid flow in the CNS.

    Our recently funded NHMRC grant aims to answer these questions by utilising advanced molecular imaging techniques, pharmacological modulation of aquaporins, and the use of experimentally-induced obstructions to CSF flow.

    This project will involve working with research animals, tissue processing, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, and image analysis. Experience with any of these procedures would be a distinct advantage.

    Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Prof Marcus Stoodley at marcus.stoodley@mq.edu.au or phone: (02) 9812 3800

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number 2014079 on your application.

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Cognitive Science and Psychology - Beyond reading jumbled words: Bridging perception and language in the Noisy Channel model
    PHD 2014067 31 AUG 14

    A full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate in the Departments of Cognitive Science and Psychology associated with successful DP140101199.

    Project Name: Beyond reading jumbled words: Bridging perception and language in the Noisy Channel model

    We have recently developed a model of visual word recognition, the Noisy Channel model (Norris & Kinoshita, 2012, Psychological Review). The model is unique in recognizing the role of noisy visual perception in human readers. The project aims to advance understanding of how the product of noisy perception interacts with language in reading.

    Applicants should have research qualifications in a relevant discipline (eg, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Linguistics). We are paticularly interested in applicants with strong experimental background. Methods include, but are not limited to reaction time studies and there are opportunities to develop skills in neuroscience measures such as EEG and MEG.

    Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact A/Prof Sachiko Kinoshita at Sachiko.kinoshita@mq.edu.au or phone: (02) 9850 8004

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number 2014067 on your application.

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Australian School of Advanced Medicine (ASAM) - Developing new treatments for brain AVMs
    PHD 2013085 31 AUG 14

    A full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate in the Australian School of Advanced Medicine associated with successful NHMRC project grant APP1047302.

    Project Name: Developing new treatments for brain AVMs

    The neurosurgery laboratory at The Australian School of Advanced Medicine is researching possible new treatments for brain arteriovenous malformations. Specifically, we are investigating radiation-induced endothelial changes in AVM vessels with a view to targeting those changes with novel biological therapies. We use animal models and cell cultures to study molecular changes.

    Techniques include proteomics, immunohistochemistry, in vivo imaging, angiography, and study of endothelial microparticles using flow cytometry.

    The current project focuses on characterising the radiation-induced molecular changes.

    Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Professor Marcus Stoodley at marcus.stoodley@mq.edu.au or phone: (02) 9812 3822

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number 2013085 on your application.

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Psychology - Preventing, treating and understanding the comorbidity between mental and substance use disorders
    PHD 2014059 31 AUG 14

    This PhD Scholarship presents the opportunity to work within the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS), a world first collaboration of national and international experts in preventing, treating and understanding the comorbidity between mental and substance use disorders. Funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council in 2012, the CREMS includes:

    • Macquarie University
    • University of New South Wales
    • University of Newcastle
    • University of Sydney
    • University of Birmingham, UK
    • Northwestern University Medical School, USA
    • Medical University of South Carolina, USA

    The CREMS is committed to high-quality research, translating research into clinical outcomes and fostering collaborative research. More information about the exciting projects at the CREMS can be found at http://www.comorbidity.edu.au

    The scholarship provides an opportunity to conduct advanced study on a range of topics within CREMS such as psychophysiological studies of the emotion regulation processes and cue reactivity underlying alcohol anxiety comorbidity, advanced analyses of epidemiological datasets to explore the structure of comorbidity, the early identification and prevention/ treatment of comorbidity in young people, or the dissemination of evidence based treatments.

    Please contact A/Prof Andrew Baillie (Andrew.baillie@mq.edu.au) or Phone: +61 2 9850 9436 for further information.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.2013142

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Health Professions - Global health, public policy and the transnational tobacco industry
    PHD 2014105 31 AUG 14

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) linked to an international research project entitled “Tobacco industry, public policy and global health,” funded by the National Cancer Institute, US National Institutes of Health is available in the Department of Health Professions.

    The PhD candidate will join a multidisciplinary, international project conducting a wide-ranging analysis of tobacco industry responses to globalisation including strategies to restructure corporate operations, influence national and international policy formation, challenge domestic legislation through international trade agreements, and to develop new products in response to changing market conditions. The project will produce a range of outputs and put forth conclusions and recommendations on corporate governance within a global economy to ensure the protection and promotion of population health.

    The PhD candidate will contribute to one of four broad research themes:

      1.Impacts of trade policy on public health: research areas include tobacco industry influence on trade and investment policy at the national, regional and global levels; and tobacco industry strategies to restructure and expand their commercial operations, particularly into low and middle-income countries.

      2.Impact of cigarette smuggling on global health: trade in contraband cigarettes accounts for almost 11% of global sales, or 600 billion cigarettes annually, resulting in losses to government of $US 40 to 50 billion as well as threatening global public health and undermining national and international regulation. This project will seek to identify the key actors in illicit trade, including the tobacco industry, and effectiveness of efforts to control supply and distribution chains and implement effective enforcement strategies.

      3.Industry response to increasingly regulated markets: as tobacco industry promotional activities are increasingly restricted, many companies have turned to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy initiatives to communicate with consumers. A second area of analysis relates to the burgeoning electronic cigarette market, with a particular focus on implications of tobacco industry takeovers of e-cigarette producers.

      4.Environmental impacts of cigarette butt waste in Australia: virtually all cigarettes on the market have cellulose acetate (plastic) filters that are not biodegradable and, if not properly discarded, leach organic chemicals and heavy metals into the environment that are toxic to fish, birds and land animals. Research in the United States indicates that 120 billion cigarette butts, approximately one-third of total sales, are discarded into the environment annually. The situation in Australia is understudied, and important issues for local research include measurement of the problem; tobacco industry efforts to distance itself from responsibility for its production of a toxic by-product and to manage potential public relations fallout.

    Specific topics and interests within these themes can be discussed with the supervisor, Dr Ross MacKenzie. The PhD candidate will have opportunities to work collaboratively with project team members at universities in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

    This is a broad, multidisciplinary project and the scholarship will be of interest to those with a background and research experience in a number of disciplines including public and global health, global health governance, international studies, marketing, corporate governance development studies, economics, public policy or environmental management. Suitably qualified candidates from other fields should also enquire. Ability to work with initiative and discretion, and demonstration of excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

    Contact Name: Dr Ross MacKenzie

    Contact Email: ross.mackenzie@mq.edu.au

    Contact Phone: +61 2 9850 6393

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria for more information about this.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants would be expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirementsfor more information about this

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to: http://www.hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/applications for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship

    Please quote the allocation number 2014105 on your application form..

    Faculty of Science

    Joint Research Engagement - Engineering Cadetships
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    Joint Research Engagement (JRE) - Engineering Cadetships are available to HDR students in relevant areas of engineering or science, and involve a combination of formal research training with the Higher Education Provider (HEP) and concurrent employment with a business to carry out R&D activities.

    Macquarie University has been successful in securing 5 grant awards valued at $5,195 per annum in 2013 for currently enrolled MQ HDR candidates to supplement the research training costs for each domestic student participating in the program. This funding enables the HEP to customise the student’s research training experience to enhance their career prospects as well as to increase overall collaboration between universities and industry to strengthen R&D outcomes.

    Interested applications should submit a JRE Coversheet and attach an expression of interest (EOI) to the HDR Scholarships Manager, HDRO, Macquarie University, NSW 2209, or by email at: hdrschol@mq.edu.au

  • JRE MQ Cover sheet

  • EOI's should contain information about the proposed cadetship and industry partner along with information about current enrolment and how this research training opportunity fits in their research and/or research career path, and how this might enhance future research collaboration with the industry or business partner.

    Applications are open all year round.

    SCIENCE: Engineering - Distributed Energy Storage Management System
    PHD 2013201 6 JUNE 14

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Engineering associated with successful ARC Linkage Project LP130100811 for the following project.

    Project Name: Distributed Energy Storage Management System

    A major emerging challenge for energy technology is the integration of distributed energy sources and energy storage systems into the existing power grid. Optimal integration on a large scale will require future energy systems to also be closely integrated with modern telecommunications technology, i.e. for both monitoring and control. Power systems with embedded communication and intelligence are commonly called “smart-grids”.

    This project is to investigate and develop methods for implementing a highly scalable data collection and processing system by automated machine-to-machine (M2M) communications for future smart-grids. The specific application of interest is the integration of electric vehicles into the smart-grid, involving research and development on the implementation of highly scalable wireless M2M communication systems, and also on processing large amounts of dynamic data to predict the source/load on the electricity distribution grid associated with electric vehicles.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Professor Graham Town, email: graham.town@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 9145

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number 2013201 on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Environment and Geography - Closing other gaps: Yolngu perspectives on and proposals for two-ways learning to improve intercultural communication and policy
    PHD 2014109 31 AUG 14

    This PhD project is part of a long term research relationship between human geographers and Indigenous knowledge authorities from north east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Based on an ethics of reciprocity and mutual benefits our research works at the interface of Indigenous self-determination, the co-construction of knowledges and intercultural communication. We are currently working on an ARC funded project developing an intercultural communication framework drawing on concepts and practices of Yolngu mathematics.

    The successful candidate will develop a research project which compliments the above in one or more of the following ways:

    • Exploring the potential for Yolngu mathematics to inform transformational learning.
    • Looking at how intercultural learning can be contextualised in/with other places.
    • Engaging with more-than-human agency in intercultural communication.
    • Looking at how cultural tourism can contribute towards self-determination.
    • Examining how intercultural transformational learning and more-than-human agency contributes to theories and practices in one or more of the following areas: natural resource management, development studies, postcolonial studies, education.

    Applicants should have research qualifications in a relevant discipline (eg, Human Geography, Education, Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, Postcolonial Studies, Development Studies etc.).

    The successful applicant must take up the scholarship by the end of Semester 2 2014.

    This is a unique opportunity to work with an innovative academic-Indigenous research collaborative whose publications and research have received key awards (e.g. their co-authored text Welcome to My Country was recently short-listed for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books) and their contributions around more-than-human agency, Indigenous knowledges and collaborative methodologies are recognized at being in the forefront of thinking in the area.

    The doctoral student will work under the supervision of by Dr Sandie Suchet-Pearson (Department of Environment and Geography ) and Dr Kate Lloyd (Senior Academic Developer (PACE) )

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Dr Sandie Suchet-Pearson, email: sandie.suchet@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 8393.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Computing - More information for better utility; less information for better privacy
    PHD 2014070 31 AUG 14

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Computing associated with successful ARC Discovery Project DP140101119 for the following project.

    Project Name: More information for better utility; less information for better privacy

    This project's aim is to develop new techniques and models to analyse information flows in security-sensitive computer systems where privacy, in particular, is an issue. Such systems include electronic-voting systems and other internet applications. The developed analysis techniques are expected to combine data mining with novel "security metrics" in order to measure how well security-sensitive computer systems can maintain the privacy of the data with which they interact.

    The project is part of an ARC-funded Discovery grant "More information for better utility; less information for better privacy", and it involves a collaboration between Macquarie University, The University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne.

    Applicants should have qualifications in a relevant disicpline (eg computer science and/or mathematics or statistics). We are particularly interested in applicants with experience in logic and/or the analysis of algorithms.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact A/Prof Annabelle McIver, email: annabelle.mciver@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 9579, before submitting an application.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number 2014070 on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Mathematics - Test-beds for the data-driven future: nonlinear dynamical systems and chaotic data analysis
    PHD 2013142 31 AUG 14

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Mathematics associated with successful multi-disciplinary SIEF grant involving MQ researchers.

    Project Name: Test-beds for the data-driven future: nonlinear dynamical systems and chaotic data analysis

    The PhD scholarship is available to support a project in the areas of dynamical systems and chaotic data analysis. The aims are analysis of models underlying physical systems typified by chaotic semiconductor lasers and related systems, and the development of robust and reliable methods for analysing associated chaotic time series. Whilst particular systems motivate this study, the development of methods will be of strong mathematical and scientific interest in their own right and will also support the development of knowledge discovery using machine learning strategies. This project is in conjunction with a major, multi-disciplinary project involving mathematics, physics, computing and other disciplines

    This PhD project is set in the context of a multi-disciplinary project supported by a SIEF grant joint between NICTA, Macquarie University, Sydney University and Sirca entitled “Big Data Knowledge Discovery: Machine Learning Meets Natural Science”. It will be an excellent opportunity for the PhD candidate to be exposed and contribute to the functioning of such a team while being able to focus on a largely independent project. An excellent candidate will be able to build the research track record for a broad range of professional futures including academia, industry, non-government and government organisations.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Professor Paul Smith, email: Paul.smith@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 8944, before submitting an application.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number 2013142 on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Biological Sciences- Where does all the water and carbon go?
    PHD 2014128 31 AUG 14

    Reducing the uncertainty in modelled estimates of Australia’s carbon and water cycle are key to improving management options for natural and agricultural ecosystems in the face of extreme climate variability (i.e. flooding, heat waves and drought). Globally, modelled estimates of land surface fluxes influence policy and provide insight into the Earth systems function. Essential climate variables, based on these land surface processes provide a framework for benchmarking the efficacy of our models. This PhD project aims at improving modelled estimations of land surfaces carbon and water fluxes through the assimilation of observations into the model across a range of spatial and temporal scales. The successful candidate should have a background in the environmental, climate, biological, atmospheric or earth sciences. Experience and understanding of land surface-atmosphere interactions, atmospheric modelling and/or ecosystem modelling is essential. Mathematical and computing skills are highly desirable. Experience in remote sensing or field observational work of plant structure and function would be an advantage. Furthermore, it is recommended that the candidate have a background in the interface of science and policy; an understanding of the use of models in the science, policy and regulation space would be highly regarded.

    Given the unique set of skills called for in this position, candidates with exceptional skills on one or more, but not all of the disciplines are encouraged to apply.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Dr. Bradley Evans, email: bradley.evans@mq.edu.au.

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Engineering- The creation and optimisation of highly efficient 3 µm class fibre lasers
    PHD 2014149 30 SEPT 14

    This project will be concerned with the creation of high power light sources in the mid-infrared that display an unprecedented optical efficiency. New optical excitation and fibre arrangements will be developed using state-of-the-art diode lasers, fibre lasers and soft glass optical fibre compositions. The project will access Macquarie University’s direct-write facility for the creation of highly resonant fibre Bragg gratings in the soft glass optical fibres that will lead to robust all fibre mid-infrared fibre laser sources. Once developed, pioneering experiments in light-matter interactions using the generated high power mid-infrared light will be carried out. Experiments include studying the interaction of the focussed mid-infrared light with biological tissues and industrial materials. These experiments will involve collaborations with other universities within Australia and other departments within Macquarie University. The results from the project will be published in high ranking journals including Optics Letters and Applied Physics Letters and there will be opportunities to present the results at international conferences.

    The applicant will be highly motivated with a strong desire to carry out laboratory experiments and numerical modelling of the systems. Previous experience and knowledge of optics and photonics is essential. Experience in an experimental optics laboratory is also essential.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact A/Prof Stuart Jackson, email: stuart.jackson@mq.edu.au or phone: 9850 9137

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Engineering- Pushing up the peak: creating ultra-short pulses from a mid-infrared fibre laser
    PHD 2014150 30 SEPT 14

    Creating highly efficient and compact light sources in the mid-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum is a growing area of research with opportunities for impact into numerous applications and the carrying out of pioneering experiments. To facilitate this growth, compact, efficient and high peak power sources of mid-infrared light are urgently required. This project will involve with the creation of mode-locked fibre lasers with emission wavelengths longer than 3 µm. New rare earth dopants, optical fibres and diode laser systems will be employed for the creation of an optimised mode locked fibre laser system. The dispersion and nonlinearity of the entire system will be tailored for the generation of the shortest pulse widths and novel master oscillator power amplifier configurations will be developed to boost the peak power from the laser oscillator to the multi-kW regime. Once characterised and optimised, there will be opportunities to explore the use of these sources for applications in mid-infrared nonlinear optics, mid-infrared integrated photonics and fundamental light-matter interactions in biological and industrial materials. The results from the project will be published in high ranking journals including Optics Letters and Applied Physics Letters and there will be opportunities to present the results at international conferences.

    The applicant will be highly motivated with a strong desire to carry out laboratory experiments and numerical modelling of the systems. Previous experience and knowledge of optics and photonics is essential. Experience in an experimental optics laboratory is also essential.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact A/Prof Stuart Jackson, email: stuart.jackson@mq.edu.au or phone: 9850 9137

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Physics and Astronomy- Solid-state light-matter interfaces in diamond
    PHD 2014107 31 OCT 14

    This project investigates colour centres in diamond coupled to the light field of an open, tuneable Fabry-Perot type fiber-cavity system with the goal of developing efficient diamond-based light-matter interfaces with applications in single-photon non-linear optics and quantum information processing. In particular, the candidate will investigate NV- and SiV-centres coupled to fiber cavities both with bulk and nanodiamond samples. The experiments will mainly be performed at liquid-helium temperatures, where little work with high finesse cavities and diamond colour centres has been done to date.

    The newly established Quantum Materials and Applications group at Macquarie University engineers and studies different material systems (mainly nanodiamonds and low-dimensional GaAs systems) for applications in quantum sensing at the nanoscale and quantum photonics. The group is well funded and part of the Australian Research Council Center of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS). For more information, please see http://www.qmappmq.com. The group has long-standing experience both with light-matter interfaces and with NV centres in nanodiamond and has access to liquid helium facilities through its low-temperature cavity lab.

    Applicants should show an enthusiasm for experimental research, should be self-driven and fully dedicated to work on an exciting project in a vibrant and stimulating environment. A solid theoretical background in quantum physics and solid-state physics is a must.

    This is an excellent opportunity to carry out cutting-edge experimental quantum research in a state-of-the art lab that is well-equipped and well-funded.

    The doctoral student will work under the joint supervision of Dr Carlo Bradac, Dr Benjamin Besga and Dr Thomas Volz.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Dr Thomas Volz, email: thomas.volz@mq.edu.au or phone: 0061 2 9850 8261

    The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the allocation number on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Chemistry and Biomolecular Science - ARC/ITTC Food Omics Research Centre (FORC): A molecular technology platform for enabling the next revolution in the food industry
    PHD ITTC Food Omics Research Centre 1 DEC 14

    The broad aim of the ARC-MQ Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) is applying analytical molecular technologies to address biological questions relevant to the food industry. There are four main projects under way within the centre: Tracking Barley, in partnership with Grain Growers Australia; Health enhancing single cell foods, in partnership with Agritechnology; Breeding better oysters, in partnership with NSW Department of Primary Industries; and Nutraceuticals from Sugar cane, in partnership with Gratuk. Applicants will be expected to spend significant time during their studies working at the sites of the respective industry partners.

    The value of this award is $30,746 pa tax exempt for 3 years for a candidate enrolled full-time in a PhD program.

    For more information about the Food Omics Research Centre and the research areas refer to ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Robyn Delves, email: robyn.delves@mq.edu.au, phone:(02)9850 6277

    Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University’s Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

    Please quote the scholarship reference on your application form..