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Name of Scholarship Closing Date Status/Reference

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Business and Economics

BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS: Time Series Analysis of Financial Data including Nonlinear Dynamical Analysis
30 SEPT 13 2013063 & 2013064

Please quote the allocation reference number 2013063 & 2013064 on your application form.

Project Name: Time Series Analysis of Financial Data including Nonlinear Dynamical Analysis

This project is in conjunction with a major, multi-disciplinary ARC Linkage Project involving physics, mathematics, and financial data analysis. It is located in applied finance with support from mathematics and physics at Macquarie University. The project will make further contributions in researching time series analysis, including chaos data analysis, of financial data from the Sirca Technology Pty Ltd databases. The project will be independent of major milestones of the ARC Linkage Project in order to allow the candidate to have a self-paced, supported development as a researcher. However, there will be many opportunities for outcomes to be transferred into the major aims of the linkage project, with a beneficial increase in the impact of the PhD research and track record of the incumbent. The multi-disciplinary environment of the project will be an excellent one in which a PhD candidate will be exposed 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. Applicants will require the an excellent honours degree, or equivalent, in applied finance, actuarial studies or mathematics.

The living allowance (stipend) in 2013 for full-time MQRES holders is $24,653 tax exempt. A one-off top-up of $10,000 (tax exempt) is also payable in the first year of the PhD project. This is a contribution by the industry partner.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Professor Piet de Jong, email: piet.dejong@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 (0)2 9850 8944

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

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.

Please quote the allocation number 2013063 & 2013064 on your application.

Faculty of Human Sciences

HUMAN SCIENCES: Cognitive Science - Dynamics of visual cognition: New insight from continuous responses
30 SEPT 13 2012197 & 2012198

Two full-time PhD (MQRES) Scholarships are available in the Department of Cognitive Science associated with ARC Future Fellowship FT120100830.

Please quote the allocation reference numbers 2012197 & 2012198 on your application form.

These scholarships are to support two PhD candidates working with Dr Matthew Finkbeiner on exploring the temporal dynamics of basic cognitive processes such as word and object recognition.

The new PhD student(s) will work in the Action & Cognition Laboratory (http://www.cogsci.mq.edu.au/facilities/action/), which provides students and researchers with a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment (motion capture, eye-tracking, EEG, TMS, virtual reality). Applicants should have a strong experimental background in visual cognition and those with programming skills (Presentation, Matlab, R) are preferred.

Cognitive Science at Macquarie University is a vibrant, research-only department that offers its many doctoral and postdoctoral researchers a world-class intellectual environment. The Department of Cognitive Science is also home to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders (http://www.ccd.edu.au/).

Funding for PhD students to present at conferences and/or to visit laboratories overseas during their candidature is available.

Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Dr. Matthew Finkbeiner at matthew.finkbeiner@mq.edu.au or phone: (+61 2) 02 9850 6718.

Lab Website: http://www.cogsci.mq.edu.au/facilities/action/ ; Personal Website: http://www.maccs.mq.edu.au/~mfinkbei/

The 2012 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $23,728 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years. These scholarships must be taken up by the end of 2012.

Prospective PhD applicants should have a first class Honours degree or equivalence, and for scholarship holders, additional relevant research experience and/or qualifications in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to Scholarship Requirements for further 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 the Applications page 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 2012197 & 2012198 on your application form.

HUMAN SCIENCES: Australian School of Advanced Medicine - Multidisciplinary approaches to understanding motor neuron diseases
30 SEPT 13 MND PhD Scholarships (2013045, 2013059, 2013067-70)

Several full-time domestic and international Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) for are available for suitably qualified prospective PhD candidates in the Australian School of Advanced Medicine (ASAM).

Please quote ‘MND PhD Scholarships’ and the allocation reference number on your application.

You are invited to join a new and dynamic group of researchers focussing upon the study of motor neuron diseases (MND) that is being established within the Australian School of Advanced Medicine. We are bringing together a broad range of expertise in human genetics, molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and zebrafish biology to establish a comprehensive and systematic laboratory-based research program that will lead directly to translational studies in partnership with the existing strength in clinical MND research at Macquarie University Hospital led by Professor Dominic Rowe.

PhD scholarships are available to investigate the genetics, biochemistry and cell biology that causes degeneration of motor neurons, and to utilise the collective expertise of the group to develop novel cross-disciplinary therapeutic approaches for treating MND. The successful candidates will join an established and internationally recognized research group funded by the NHMRC and ARC.

Prof Roger Chung– interests in abnormal protein aggregation and neurotoxicity, and glial contributions to neurodegeneration.

A/Prof Julie Atkin – interests in understanding the biochemical and cellular processes that lead to abnormal protein aggregation in MND

A/Prof Ian Blair – leads genetic studies that identify new MND causing genes, and cell biology studies to identify how mutant genes cause MND

Prof Gilles Guillemin - interests in tryptophan metabolism and its involvements in neuroinflammation, neurotoxicity, neuroprotection and the role of metals in MND (co-supervised by Dr David Lovejoy).

Dr Nicholas Cole – is using transgenic zebrafish to investigate how MND causing genes impair the function of motor neurons

Candidates should have (or be about to attain) research qualifications equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree with first class honours in mammalian genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry or a related medical research discipline. They must be able to work within a team and should have high-level written and oral communication skills. Experience in a combination of genetic, molecular and cell biology analytical techniques is desirable.

Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a CV and an academic transcript to Professor Roger Chung at Roger.Chung@mq.edu.au

Following a pre-selection process, prospective candidates will then be selected for submission of a full scholarship application to the University, subject to Faculty approval.

Interested applicants should first contact Professor Roger Chung for further information, on email: Roger.Chung@mq.edu.au Phone +61 2 9850 2724

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years. The Australian School of Advanced Medicine provides an additional stipend top-up.

Selected applicants 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 Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote ‘MND PhD Scholarships’ and the allocation reference number on your application.

HUMAN SCIENCES: Cognitive Science, Linguistics and Psychology - ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD)
30 SEPT 13 2013038 & 2013040 & 2013041

Three full-time PhD International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships are available in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and it’s Disorders (CCD; www.ccd.edu.au). In addition to the CCD, Macquarie University is the leading Australian university in the discipline of Cognitive Science.

The mission of the CCD is to coordinate research in five areas of cognition: belief formation, language processing, memory, person perception, and reading. These five research programs are led by outstanding Australian-based researchers, and draw on the expertise of prominent researchers from around the world. The Centre integrates and coordinates research so that formal cognitive theory can better inform basic research, and the assessment and treatment of cognitive disorders, such as dyslexia, schizophrenia, and specific language impairment.

In January 2013, the CCD relocated to the Australian Hearing Hub which is a unique, world-class facility purpose-designed to facilitate collaborative research into hearing and related speech and language disorders.

Scholarships are available in the areas of Belief Formation, Language, and Reading, however, outstanding applications from other related areas of cognitive science will be considered.

Applicants should have research qualifications in a relevant discipline (eg, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Linguistics, Philosophy) equivalent to an Australian Masters degree or Australian undergraduate degree with first class honours.

Please contact Lesley McKnight lesley.mcknight@mq.edu.au, Phone +61 2 9850 9599 for a list of the possible supervisors and research areas.

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

Selected applicants 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 Applications page 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 2013038, 2013040, 2013041 on your application form. .

HUMAN SCIENCES: Linguistics (Audiology group) - Spatial release from masking in hearing impaired listeners with hearing aids
30 SEPT 13 2013153

Speech intelligibility improves when target and distracting speech arrives from different directions; an auditory phenomenon called spatial release from masking (SRM). SRM measured in speech tests like the Listening into Spatialized Noise (LiSN-S) is typically reduced in hearing impaired (HI) listeners. Recent research suggests that this reduction in SRM can be largely explained by reduced audibility – the listeners are simply not able to hear the speech features relevant for SRM. Increased amplification in hearing aids may improve SRM, but at the same time will result in uncomfortably loud sounds. This Ph.D. project will be concerned with

  • (a) investigating the relationship between non-linear hearing aid amplification and SRM in HI listeners using speech tests like the LiSN-S,
  • (b) translating the findings into the real-world using a loudspeaker-based virtual sound environment
  • (c) derive and verify new hearing aid signal processing methods that maximize SRM in the real-world. The project will involve 3D sound reproduction techniques such as higher-order Ambisonics as well as real-time hearing aid signal processing methods. The ideal candidate will either be an Engineer with an interest in hearing or someone with a background in a hearing pr speech related field who is interested in advanced technologies.

The PhD student will be located and supervised at the National Acoustic Laboratories, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University, and will be part of a group of PhD students. Audiological and engineering support will be available to complement the skills of the successful candidate.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Jorg Buchholz at Jorg.buchholz@mq.edu.au, or Phone +61 2 9850 6909

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

Selected applicants 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 Applications page 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 2013153 on your application form. .

HUMAN SCIENCES: Cognitive Science - Decoding the neural representation of objects in the human brain
30 SEPT 13 2012201 & 2012202

1 full-time domestic and 1 full-time international Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are available for suitably qualified prospective PhD candidates in the Department of Cognitive Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD).

The research (supervised by Dr Thomas Carlson) will examine how humans perceive, recognize, and categorize objects. The research will rely heavily on multivariate pattern analysis (“brain decoding”) techniques applied to both functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) data. Our lab also is active in the development of these techniques, so a quantitative mind and programing experience is a must.

This work is supported by a new Australian Research Council grant and will provide opportunities for travel to the United States and UK for collaborations with international laboratories.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Dr Carlson at Thomas.carlson@mq.edu.au, or Phone +61 2 9850 4153

Macquarie University has a long history and continued strength in the areas of psychology and cognitive science, with exceptional facilities available for basic cognition and cognitive neuroscience investigations into human information processing (e.g., fMRI, EEG, MEG, EMG, eye-tracking equipment). Within the ARC Centre of Excellence, there is a large community of doctoral and postdoctoral researchers working on various projects in the area of cognition and cognitive neuroscience. The Centre also has an active programme of related research seminars and workshops, providing an excellent intellectual environment for PhD students.

These scholarships commence by 13 December 2013.

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

Selected applicants 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 Applications page 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 on your application form. .

HUMAN SCIENCES: Australian School of Advanced Medicine - Investigation of the host response to malaria infection
30 MAR 14 2013216, 2013217, 2013218, 2013219, 2013220 & 2013221

PhD scholarships are available to investigate the genetics, biology, and the host response to malarial infection in the Malaria Host Response and Genetics Group, Australian School of Advanced Medicine. Our group at ASAM is internationally recognised for its pioneering work on the role of platelets in malaria (McMorran et al 2009 Science 323:797-800; McMorran et al 2012 Science 338:1348-51), and on host genetic factors determining survival to malarial infection (Foote et al 1997 Nature Genetics 17:380-1). The laboratory is also well supported by grants from the ARC and NHMRC.

The successful candidates will work on projects involving state-of-the-art cell, genetic and molecular biology technologies to study mechanisms of host resistance against malarial infection. Malaria remains a major global health problem and difficult to control with the spread of drug-resistance parasites. The results of these projects will be of high impact. They will make valuable contributions to understanding host protective mechanisms that naturally control an infection, and potentially lead to the development of novel anti-malarial agents.

MQRES scholarships are available to suitably qualified domestic or international students. Candidates should have (or be about to attain) research qualifications and experience preferably in haematology, mammalian genetics, molecular biology, parasitology or a related medical research discipline. They must be able to work within a team and should have high-level written and oral communication skills. Experience in genetics, molecular and cell biology analytical techniques is desirable, as is an interest in infectious diseases, mammalian genetics, immunology or haematology.

Prospective applicants should in the first instance submit a letter of interest (quoting the scholarship number), a CV and an academic transcript to asamhdr@mq.edu.au. The CV should include details of qualifications, postgraduate thesis abstracts, and note any awards, publications and other relevant research experience. Following a pre-selection process, prospective candidates will then be invited to submit a full scholarship application to the University, subject to Faculty approval. Applications close 30 March 2014.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Brendan McMorran and Gaetan Burgio at asamhdr@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 for more information.

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 HDR Scholarship Requirements for more information.

Selected applicants 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 Applications page 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 on your application form. .

HUMAN SCIENCES: Linguistics - Neural and behavioural evidence for children's learning of grammatical morphology
31 MAR 14 2013225 2013226 & 2013227

1 full-time domestic and 2 full-time international Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are available for suitably qualified prospective PhD candidates in the Department of Linguistics.

The research is supervised by Katherine Demuth, ARC Laureate Fellow and CORE Professor in Linguistics and the Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS), where she is Director of the Child Language Lab (CLL) and a member of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD).

The CLL is located in the Australian Hearing Hub with state-of the art EEG, MEG, infant speech perception, eye-tracking and language production research facilities. The group has extensive collaborative links with Audiology, Speech Pathology, the CCD, and the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), providing a dynamic, collaborative research environment.

The MQRES scholarships are available for PhD candidates with a strong quantitative and experimental background.

The work is supported by a new Australian Research Council grant ‘Neural and behavioural evidence for children's learning of grammatical morphology’ (FL130100014). The goal is to better understand the nature of children’s phonological and morphological representations, and how these develop between the ages of 1-7. The project brings together researchers from a wide range of disciplines (EEG/MEG, eye-tracking, ultrasound, etc.) with the common purpose of addressing issues related to speech perception and production in typically developing monolingual and bilingual children, as well as children with hearing loss and specific language impairment.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Professor Katherine Demuth at Katherine.Demuth@mq.edu.au, or Phone +61 2 9850 8783

The scholarship holder must commence by 30th June 2014.

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

In addition, the scholarship will cover tuition fees for 3 years for the successful international MQRES candidates.

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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.

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 HDR Scholarship Requirements for 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 the Applications page 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. .

Faculty of Science

SCIENCE: Engineering - Antennas and RF front ends for Beyond 4G mobile handsets with spectrum sensing and dynamic spectrum use
31 AUG 13 2013091

A full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate in the Department of Electronic Engineering associated with successful Discovery Project DP130102009.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2013091 on your application form.

Project Description:

In collaboration with Intel and Macquarie University researchers in the Wireless Communications Concentration of Research Excellence, the PhD student will develop novel antennas and RF front ends for emerging (beyond 4G) mobile smartphones and other such communication devices. These handsets will capitalise on modern cognitive radio and software-based radio technologies and also have the hardware capabilities to monitor the available spectrum and switch between available bands dynamically and rapidly using new dynamic spectrum allocation techniques, which will be developed by the other members of the team.

Prior research experience in antenna and RF front-end design and testing is required. A Masters’ degree with a significant research thesis is expected.

Both international and domestic applicants will be considered. International applicants are advised to apply for this scholarship as well as an IPRS scholarship in the same application form, before the IPRS deadline.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Professor Karu Esselle, email: Karu.esselle@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 9141

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 p.a. tax exempt for 3.5 years.

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 Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2013091 on your application.

SCIENCE: Electronic Engineering - Dynamic spectrum allocation in a cognitive radio network
30 SEPT 13 2012127

Please quote the allocation reference number 2012127 on your application form.

Project Description:

A full time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified and interested candidate to work on a project in the Department of Electronic Engineering with CSIRO MQ Chair in Wireless Communications, Prof Stephen Hanly

This project will investigate how to dynamically allocate radio spectrum to a network of unlicenced users (secondary network users) under the constraint that the secondary network provide minimal disturbance to an existing licenced primary network. The unique feature of this project is the access to a very sophisticated, multi-antenna (MIMO) testbed that is being installed on campus, providing internet to real users. This testbed will be the primary network of our system.

The project will design and build a secondary (cognitive) network. A big issue in cognitive radio is to measure the activity of the primary network, and in particular to find the spectral holes. The primary system is a multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) system and this creates a new spatial dimension to the problem. A major research challenge will be to design distributed algorithms for coordinating the links of the secondary network when each node in the network senses different ``network interference’’ (due to the spatial MIMO characteristics of the primary), but, at the same time, these measurements are highly correlated across space and frequency. Not only will we devise algorithms and optimize performance using theoretical models, this project will allow us to test these algorithms on a real system. We can measure the impact of our designed secondary system on the primary system. Design constraints will ensure that this impact is very low, but the system will allow us to directly measure the impact on measures such as primary system data rate, outage probabilities etc.

Other Important Information: The applicant must have strong mathematical skills and a background in stochastic modelling, optimization, signal processing or digital communications. It is desirable that the applicant be proficient with Matlab.

The successful applicant will need to start by 13 December 2013.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Stephen Hanly, email: stephen.hanly@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 4243

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 p.a. tax exempt for 3.5 years.

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 Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2012127 on your application.

SCIENCE: Mathematics - Structural homotopy theory: a category theoretic study
30 SEPT 13 2013081 & 2013082

Two full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are available for suitably qualified PhD candidates in the Department of Mathematics associated with successful Discovery Project DP130101969.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2013081 & 2013082 on your application form.

Project Description:

A key tension in mathematics is that between algebra and geometry: whilst geometry gives spatial intuition, algebra provides computational tractability. Homotopy theory uses algebra to study that part of geometry known as topology; but over the past 20 years, startling new discoveries have shown that it plays a much broader role, mediating between such disciplines as algebraic geometry, higher category theory, and algebraic K-theory. These recent advances have almost all been cast in the language of category theory, without taking full advantage of its methodology.

The goal of this research program is to further the integration of homotopy theory and category theory through a comprehensive category-theoretic study of homotopy-theoretic notions.

The key aim of the candidate will be to:

   1.apply the techniques of two-dimensional and formal category theory to simplify and unify various aspects of the homotopy-theoretic generalization of category theory, or to

   2.synthesise the many ingenious techniques and constructions developed by homotopy theorists over the past forty years into a category-theoretic framework.

See http://web.science.mq.edu.au/groups/coact/ for information on the research environment for this subject.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Professor Ross Street, email: ross.street@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 8921

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

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 Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2013081 & 2013082 on your application.

SCIENCE: Nonlinear Dynamics and Inverse Problems in Laser Systems and Related Systems
30 SEPT 13 2013063 & 2013064

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) is available in the Department of Mathematics for a suitably qualified applicant.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2013063 & 2013064 on your application form.

Project Description:

This project is in conjunction with a major, multi-disciplinary ARC Linkage Project involving mathematics, physics and financial data analysis. It is located in Mathematics with support from the Departments of Physics, and of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University. A PhD scholarship is available to support a project in the areas of dynamical systems, chaotic data analysis and related inverse problems. The aims are analysis of mathematical models underlying semiconductor laser systems, particularly chaotic laser systems, and the development of robust and reliable methods for analysing associated chaotic time series. Whilst particular systems motivate this study, the methods will make contributions to research on time series of financial data from the Sirca Technology databases, also. The project will be independent of major milestones of the ARC Linkage Project in order to allow the candidate to have a self-paced development as a researcher. However, there will be many opportunities for outcomes to be transferred into the major aims of the linkage project, with a beneficial increase in the impact of the PhD research and track record of the successful applicant. The multi-disciplinary nature of the project provides an excellent opportunity for a PhD candidate to be exposed to a team environment 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 careers in mathematical science, including academia.

The living allowance (stipend) in 2013 for full-time MQRES holders is $24,653 tax exempt. A one-off top-up of $10,000 (tax exempt) is also payable in the first year of the PhD project. This is a contribution by the industry partner.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Professor Paul Smith, email: paul.smith@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 (0)2 9850 8944

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

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 Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2013063 & 2013064 on your application.

SCIENCE: Physics and Astronomy - Stellar collisions and the transient sky
30 SEPT 13 2012205 & 2012206

Two full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are available in the Department of Physics and Astronomy associated with successful ARC FT120100452 for suitably qualified applicants to wotk with A/Prof Orsola De Marco.

Please quote the allocation reference numbers 2012205 & 2012206 on your application form.

Project Area: Stellar collisions and the transient sky

Project Description:

When stars interact with one another, or with their planetary systems, the course of their evolution is invariably altered and new star species form. Using a suite of hydrodynamic computer simulations we are in the process of studying such interactions. In collaboration with several international institutes we also study the light signal from stellar interactions and mergers so as to model observations from future wide scale, time dependent surveys. There are many possible projects within this area.

Initial inquiries should be directed to A/Prof Orsola De Marco, email: orsola.demarco@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 4241

The 2012 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $23,728 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years. One of these scholarships is available for a suitably qualified international candidate and the other a domestic candidate (or two domestic candidates or if a second international candidate is deemed suitable the second scholarship may cover tuition fees only).

Prospective PhD applicants should have a first class Honours degree or equivalence, and for scholarship holders, additional relevant research experience and/or qualifications in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to Scholarship Requirements for further 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 the Applications page 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 2012205 & 2012206 on your application.

SCIENCE: Physics and Astronomy - Development and application of cutting-edge THz sources using solid-state laser architectures
30 SEPT 13 2012207

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) is available in the Department of Physics and Astronomy associated with successful ARC FT120100294 for a suitably qualified applicant to work with Dr Helen Pask.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2012207 on your application form.

Project Area: Development and application of cutting-edge THz sources using solid-state laser architectures

Project Description:

Terahertz (THz) radiation has the potential to revolutionise applications in security, medicine and industry. It has however, been referred to as the “Final Frontier” of the electromagnetic spectrum because of the significant challenges associated with its generation and detection.

While THz technology has progressed dramatically in recent years, there is still a lack of robust THz sources which are compact, frequency-tunable and cost-effective. This project aims to develop new, compact, high-efficiency and frequency-tunable THz laser sources by making use of stimulated polariton scattering, a process which uses both second-order and third order non-linearities. The THz source architecture is similar to that of a solid-state Raman laser which itself is built upon cost-effective and proven diode-based pump sources and crystalline materials.

This project will involve exploring methods by which the overall THz output power, extraction efficiency and tuning range can be maximised through the use of different resonator designs, crystals and novel extraction methods which involve the use of photonic crystal structures. Latter stages of the project may also involve investigating the application of the generated THz emission to perform spectroscopy and imaging of concealed materials.

The project will be tailored to suit the interests and strengths of the successful applicant - the project is primarily an experimental one, however there will be also be scope for theoretical or numerical modelling studies.

This project will suit a motivated student interested in optical physics, non-linear optics and laser design.

Australian applicants who can start in 2012 are especially encouraged, however all applicants will be considered.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Dr Helen Pask email: helen.pask@mq.edu.au, or Andrew Lee andrew.lee@mq.edu.au or phone: +61 2 9850 8932

The 2012 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $23,728 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have a first class Honours degree or equivalence, and for scholarship holders, additional relevant research experience and/or qualifications in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to Scholarship Requirements for further 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 the Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2012207 on your application.

SCIENCE: Physics and Astronomy - Remote sensing of water temperature and salinity profiles using Raman spectroscopy
30 SEPT 13 2012208

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) is available in the Department of Physics and Astronomy associated with successful ARC FT120100294 for a suitably qualified applicant to work with Dr Helen Pask.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2012208 on your application form.

Project Area: Remote sensing of water temperature and salinity profiles using Raman spectroscopy

Project Description:

The project entails the use of Raman spectroscopy for remote sensing of water temperature, salinity and orgainic content as a function of depth, in coastal and inland waterways. Initial experiments will be laboratory-based, with the goal of making field-based measurements in the second year of PhD. There is presently no acceptable method for mapping subsurface temperature profiles, and developing this capability could have very high impact in the fields of environmental science and climate change.

The project will be tailored to suit the interests and strengths of the successful applicant - the project is primarily an experimental one, however there is considerable scope for theoretical or numerical modelling studies, Examples include the modelling of underwater light fields and the analysis of lidar return signals to extract information about temperature, salinity, scattering, constituents.

This project will suit a motivated student interested in optical physics, remote sensing, and Raman spectroscopy. Skills in experimental design, fieldwork, data analysis, statistical methods such as multivariate and regression analysis would be advantageous.

Australian applicants who can start in 2012 are especially encouraged, however all applicants will be considered.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Dr Helen Pask email: helen.pask@mq.edu.au, or phone: +61 2 9850 8932

The 2012 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $23,728 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have a first class Honours degree or equivalence, and for scholarship holders, additional relevant research experience and/or qualifications in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to Scholarship Requirements for further 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 the Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2012208 on your application.

SCIENCE: Physics and Astronomy - New Approaches for Physical Nanocharacterisation of Spider Silks
30 SEPT 13 2013094

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Physics and Astronomy associated with successful ARC Discovery Project “Drawing Out Spider Silk Photonics and Technology”.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2013094 on your application form.

Project Description:

This nanotechnology project will research new approaches to using a range of electron microscopies combined with materials processing techniques to make new measurements of the physical characteristics of natural spider silks and related materials. A key focus of the research will be differentiating material components of the nanocomposite and multi-layered silks. The candidate will need to learn and understand the physics of the techniques being used in order to complete the analysis and interpretation aspects of this project. The project involves research collaboration with A/Prof Marion Stevens-Kalceff at UNSW. Additionally, optical microscopies will be used for microscale characterisation of the silks to test key hypotheses.

An excellent candidate will be able to build the research track record for a broad range of professional futures in physical and/or materials science, including academia.

Prospective PhD applicants should have a first class Honours degree or equivalence, and for scholarship holders, additional relevant research experience and/or qualifications in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to Scholarship Requirements for further information about this.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Professor Deb Kane, email: deb.kane@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 8907

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

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 Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2013094 on your application.

SCIENCE: Earth and Planetary Sciences- Volcanological and geochemical evolution of East Javanese Volcanoes, Indonesia
30 SEPT 13 2012196

A full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences associated with successful ARC Future Fellowship submission FT120100440.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2012196 on your application form.

Project Description:

This project aims to construct a high-resolution, age-constrained volcanological and geochemical record of one or more East Javanese volcanoes (Kelud/Semeru/Bromo) to elucidate the temporal evolution of East Javanese volcano plumbing systems and advance our understanding of how petrogenesis has developed throughout the island.

The island of Java in Indonesia contains 41 Holocence volcanoes, of which, 22 have had historical eruptions. Recent research has provided exciting new insights into the tectonic development of Java, the nature and influence of the sub-arc crust and the role of the depth to the benioff zone in controlling the geochemical compositions of erupted lavas. However, a complete understanding of the island is restricted by the current limited volcanological and geochemical information available for East Javanese volcanoes.

The candidate will undertake fieldwork in East Java and receive training in advanced volcanological, geochemical and isotopic analytical techniques (e.g., trace element laser ablation ICP-MS and Sr isotope micro-analysis of phenocrysts and Uranium-series isotopic analysis).

This work will also benefit from the collaboration of colleagues at Durham University, UK, Massey University, NZ and the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, France.

In the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment of research quality within Australia's higher education institutions, Macquarie University gained the highest ranking (5 out of 5) in the disciplines of Earth Science, Geology, Geochemistry and Geophysics.

It is expected that the successful candidate will enrol by mid 2013. Please contact Heather Handley for further information about the position.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Dr. Heather Handley, email: heather.handley@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 4403

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 p.a. tax exempt for 3.5 years.

Prospective PhD applicants should have a first class Honours degree or equivalence, and for scholarship holders, additional relevant research experience and/or qualifications in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to Scholarship Requirements for further 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 the Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2012196 on your application.

SCIENCE: Department of Physics and Astronomy: Satellites and Stellar Streams in the Local Group
30 SEPT 13 2012086 & 2012087

Project Name: Satellites and Stellar Streams in the Local Group

Two full-time Macquarie University Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are available for suitably qualified PhD candidates in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Galaxies like our Milky Way form by accreting smaller systems, and this process of galaxy cannibalism continues to the present day: the dwarf satellites orbiting the Galaxy and M31, its nearest large neighbour, are survivors, while the victims are stretched across the sky in stellar streams. These satellites and streams, many of them revealed by wide-area astronomical surveys like SDSS (the Sloan Digital Sky Survey) and PAndAS (the Pan-Andromeda Archaeological Survey), probe the conditions of galaxy formation in the early Universe and the behaviour of Dark Matter on the smallest scales. The goals of this project are to study these types of data to better understand how galaxies have evolved to the present day.

In this research area you will have the opportunity to work with A/Prof. Daniel Zucker at Macquarie University, as well as with collaborators at other universities in Australia and overseas.

One of the scholarships (#2012087) is suitable for an international or domestic candidate and the other (#2012086) is suitable for a domestic candidate.

For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Associate Professor Daniel Zucker, email: daniel.zucker@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 4442

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

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 Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the appropriate allocation number on your application form.

SCIENCE: Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences: Shell materials as palaeo-climate archives - how do they work?
30 SEPT 13 2012203 & 2012204

Project Name: Shell materials as palaeo-climate archives - how do they work?

Two (one domestic, one international) full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are available for a suitably qualified PhD candidate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Skeletal hard parts of marine organisms are important archives of ancient environmental and climatological conditions. To decipher these, correctly detailed knowledge on how they form, their microstructure and compositions is necessary. Areas of investigation are:

  • Micro- Nano-analytical investigation of shell structures of molluscs and other marine organisms
  • Organic geochemistry of skeletal hard parts of marine organisms
  • Cultivation experiments exploring growth mechanisms and chemistry of skeletal hard parts of marine animals

The project straddles the border between geochemistry and biology. Applicants should have an interest in trans-disciplinary work and a good knowledge of chemistry with a background in geology, geochemistry, palaeontology, chemistry, biology, marine sciences or related disciplines.

These scholarships must commence in 2013.

Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience, a CV and an academic transcript to the principal supervisor: Dr. Dorrit Jacob, email: dorrit.jacob@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 8428

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

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 Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation numbers #2012203 & #2012204 on your application.

SCIENCE: Department of Engineering: Macquarie University – Intel Corporation Project on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing for 5G Networks
30 SEPT 13 2013128

Project Name: Macquarie University – Intel Corporation Project on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing for 5G Networks

Wireless communication services have been increasing very rapidly causing a shortage in spectrum resources and creating a huge demand for more efficient spectral usage. Incremental increases in spectrum resources through licensed spectrum auctions will become more and more challenging. Continuing growth in wireless usage will necessitate opportunistic use of spectrum, including dynamic sharing of spectrum licensed to primary holders. Owners of spectrum will need to cooperate in order to make better use of their spectrum allocations. New models of spectrum allocation will need to be considered.

Research will be conducted jointly between Macquarie University and Intel Corporation (Intel Labs and Intel Mobile Communications Group). Successful applicants will be expected to work closely with Intel researchers and publish and present their results in leading international journals and conferences.

Successful applicants will conduct research into various aspects of Dynamic Spectrum Sharing for 5G Networks including: Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Models and Algorithms. Wideband RF Front End VLSI and Wideband Antennas.

Scholarships are open to domestic and international students. Outstanding applicants will be offered generous industry top-up scholarships

For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Prof. Eryk Dutkiewicz, email: Eryk.dutkiewicz@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 9129

The 2013 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $24,653 pa tax exempt for 3.5 years.

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 Applications page for further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation numbers 2013128 on your application.

Other

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) 2014 Australia Travel Grants for PhD Students
8 NOV 13 (ROUND 1)
4 APR 14 (ROUND 2)

Life science students enrolled at Australian Universities can undertake training at the prestigious European Molecular Biology Laboratory with the support of the EMBL Australia Travel Grant Program. The grants are for undertaking training in one of EMBL’s labs, or to attend an EMBL conference or short course. Further information can be found on the EMBL Australia website and on the available EMBL Flyer.

Value and tenure: $3500 for a short visit (up to six weeks), or $7500 for a long-term visit (up to six months)*

Destination: Up to ten places are available to Australian PhD students to visit one or more of EMBL’s five European facilities: Heidelberg and Hamburg in Germany; Grenoble in France; Hinxton in Cambridgeshire, England; or Montorotondo near Rome, Italy.

Application Instructions: Applications should be submitted via the EMBL Australia online application system.

Contact: Jane MaCausland at student.admin@emblaustralia.org

Website: EMBL Funding and grants

Closing date: For 2014 there will be two application rounds:
Round 1 closing date: 8 November 2013 (for travel any time between 1 January 2014 and 30 June 2014)*
Round 2 closing date: 4 April 2014 (for travel any time between 1 July 2014 and 31 December 2014)*

* Always refer to the funding body website for the tenure, current value, and closing date of each opportunity.

NCVER PhD Top-up Scholarships and Postgraduate Research Paper Funding Round 2014
18 DEC 13

Applications are now open for NCVER’s new round of post-graduate research funding. NCVER is offering $5000 grants to existing post-graduate students for research papers on an aspect of their post-graduate research. Students set to start a PhD in 2014 are also eligible to apply for a PhD top-up scholarship, valued at $5000 per year for three years.

Application Instructions: For further information, eligibility criteria, and to download an information document and application form, applicants should visit the NCVER website.

Contact: Dr Tabatha Griffin at tabatha.griffin@ncver.edu.au

Website: NCVER Research Opportunities

Closing date: 18 December 2013*

* Always refer to the funding body website for the tenure, current value, and closing date of each opportunity.