PhD Scholarship in Diamond Nanophotonics and Biosensing

Work on a cutting-edge project between nanomaterials science, photonics and nanobiotechnology that aims to use fluorescent nanodiamonds for voltage sensing.

This project aims to develop fluorescent nanodiamods as all-optical voltage sensors. It will focus on understanding the sensing mechanism and employing in biological environments in vitro.

Up to $31,000 per annum for three years with a possible extension of six months (full-time).

Candidates with a background in physics, chemistry or biotechnology, ideally with experience in nanotechnology and fluorescence microscopy are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Have first-class Honours or equivalent in physics, chemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology or related disciplines
  • Meet RMIT University’s entry requirements for the Higher Degree by Research programs.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Philipp Reineck via and provide:

  • A statement to outline your interest
  • An electronic copy of your academic transcripts
  • A CV that includes any publications and the contact details of two referees.

For international applicants, evidence of English proficiency may be required.

11 September 2020.

This project aims to develop a next-generation nanoscale voltage sensor to address a fundamental challenge in biomedicine - measuring neuronal signals non-invasively in real-time and over hours. The project will achieve this by creating a biocompatible, optical sensor based on nanodiamonds, that converts voltage to a simple fluorescence signal. It will enable fast, precise and reliable voltage measurements at the nanoscale, using standard fluorescence imaging equipment. The functionality of the fabricated sensor will be demonstrated in a cellular environment. This sensor has the potential to revolutionise our understanding of the origins of behaviour and sensation, and the mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Dr. Philipp Reineck at

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