- A stipend of $31,000 per annum (pro rata), for 3 years with possible extension to 3.5 years.
A PhD project on the development of a new x-ray diffraction technique for disordered materials. Will suit candidates interested in combining physics, programming and data analysis.
Develop a new x-ray technique for characterising disordered molecular structures in 3D, participate in synchrotron x-ray experiments, develop computational analysis tools and create numerical simulations.
Candidates with a background in physics are encouraged to apply.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
To apply, please submit the following documents to Dr. Andrew Martin via firstname.lastname@example.org
For international applicants, evidence of English proficiency may be required.
Prospective candidates will be invited to submit a full application for admission to the PhD (Applied Physics) (DR230).
Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.
1 July 2021.
We are developing and applying new ways of revealing the nanostructure of liquids and soft matter in 3D with x-rays. The goal is to the smash the 1D limits of conventional x-ray diffraction methods by translating our breakthrough theory from 2017 into proof-of-principle experiments. This project is part of a larger research effort funded by an ARC Discovery Project and involving collaborations with La Trobe University, University of Melbourne and international collaborators in Germany, Sweden and the USA. The experiments are conducted at synchrotron and international x-ray free-electron laser facilities.
X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) are amazing new x-ray sources that produce femtosecond pulses around a billion times brighter than a synchrotron. There are exciting opportunities to study the atomic structures of protein molecules and liquids that are inaccessible to other x-ray sources. We have collected data at the Australian Synchrotron and X-ray laser facilities of liquids and protein crystallisation. Now we are pushing to unlock the secrets in the data. This project involves analysing diffraction data and/or simulations to develop our 3D technique for studying disordered nanoscale structure.
Acknowledgement of country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.