PhD Scholarship in Gold-based drugs for the effective treatment of cancer (Chemistry)

This project will improve therapeutic efficacy and understanding of the mechanism of action of Gold-based organometallic drug candidates for the effective treatment of cancer.

The scholarship will fund a 3 year PhD candidature to work in the Chemistry Department of the School of Science CAMIC Laboratory. The project is a collaboration with Assoc. Prof Ravi Shukla to test gold compounds as anticancer therapeutics.

The value of the scholarship is equivalent to a standard RMIT Scholarship.

This scholarship will be available for up to 3 Years with an extension to 3.5 years if required. 

Two (2).

Applicants need to have a background in synthetic organometallic Chemistry with some interest in medicinal chemistry.

They must have completed a relevant Bachelor’s Degree and Honour’s or Master’s in synthetic inorganic chemistry/medicinal/pharmacology.

The applicant should have experience in the air-sensitive chemistry and some experience in the synthetic organic chemistry.

Email Distinguished Professor Suresh Bhargava ( and /or Dr Ruchika Ojha ( directly with their statement of interest, cover letter addressing the desirable criteria, CV and academic qualifications.

Also, see the HDR How to Apply website.

Applications are now open.

1 March 2026.

Desirable criteria:

  • Interest in and ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting, including with scientists and/or engineers
  • Experience in synthesizing organometallic compounds, cancer or immunotherapy research. The candidate should be familiar with air-sensitive chemistry and general analytical techniques such as FTIR, NMR, electrochemistry, etc.


Distinguished Professor Suresh Bhargava (

Dr Ruchika Ojha (

Professor Ravi Shukla (

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