PhD scholarship: project Development of a portable detection platform for viral pathogens

PhD scholarship: project Development of a portable detection platform for viral pathogens

This PhD project aims to pioneer a new technology for virus detection. It will explore two-dimensional materials for portable sensors, revolutionizing pathogen identification and advancing the frontiers of virus detection science.

$33,826 per annum, 3 years

Applications are now open.


One (1) scholarship available

All applicants should email the following to Associate Professor Paul Ramsland (

  1. a cover letter, this should detail the alignment of your prior research experience with the advertised project,
  2. your Curriculum Vitae, and
  3. any other information relevant to your suitability for the position (e.g., copies of published papers, conference abstracts or poster/oral presentations)

This project will build on the ability of the team to bioengineer high-quality virus-like particles that mimic actual viral pathogens combined with multidisciplinary expertise in materials, device fabrication and computational modelling. The intended outcome is a versatile sensing platform able to detect pathogens of interest from biological fluids and with a capacity for environmental sampling. This should provide portable and easily integrable technology with a particular focus on people safety. The PhD project will be multi-disciplinary involving nanofabrication, biophysical characterization, molecular immunology, virology, and sensor applications.

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