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Name of Scholarship Closing Date Status/Reference
2014 Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)/MQRES Round
31 OCT 13 CLOSED

Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarships for domestic higher degree research candidates for enrolment in Semester 1 2014

The Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) is a Government funded scholarship offered to domestic higher degree research candidates of exceptional promise. Macquarie University has a number of APA scholarships available to offer newly commencing or currently enrolled suitably qualified higher degree research candidates for Semester 1, 2014. Applicants must be citizens of Australian or New Zealand or have been granted Australian Permanent Residency by the closing date.

The number of APA places funded varies from year to year. All applications are competitively rated and ranked.

Unsuccessful shortlisted APA applicants may also be considered for additional Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) opportunities.

APA scholarship holders are awarded a scholarship for three years for a PhD candidate and for two years for a Masters by research (MPhil) candidate. All successful APA or MQRES applicants will receive a fortnightly stipend at the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) stipend rate, $25,392 pa in 2014, tax exempt. APA and MQRES holders in either a PhD or MPhil additionally receive Research Training Scheme (RTS) support to cover research degree tuition fee costs.

APA and MQRES scholarships require applicants to be eligible for entry into a PhD or MPhil program.
Please note that the Macquarie University Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research (MRes) degree program is not a 'research masters' degree for the purpose of applying for an APA.

Information about eligibility requirements for PhD and MPhil programs is available at:
http://hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/research_degrees/doctor_of_philosophy_phd and
http://hdr.mq.edu.au/information_about/research_degrees/master_of_philosophy_mphil

Successful applicants will usually have an outstanding academic record, a history of scholarships and prizes at the undergraduate level, and may have evidence of peer-reviewed research activity, such as publications and/or conference presentations.

While currently enrolled higher degree research candidates are eligible to apply, any consumed enrolment will be counted as advanced standing and reduce the scholarship duration.

Additional information for applicants (PDF)

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.

Closing Date: 31 October 2013.

We strongly recommend that all applicants submit their application and all required documents well before the closing date. Incomplete applications can not be considered.

Macquarie University Indigenous Research Scholarships (MQRES)
(All Year) OPEN
Please refer to the following link for more information:
HDR Scholarships for Indigenous Australians

Faculty of Arts

ARTS: Philosophy - The Enculturated Brain: How Culture Transforms the Brain and Extends Our Cognitive Capabilities

31 MAR 14 2014087

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Philosophy associated with successful ARC ARC Future Fellowship FT130100960 for the following project.

Project Name: The Enculturated Brain: How Culture Transforms the Brain and Extends Our Cognitive Capabilities

The PhD will be part of the ARC Future Fellowship project (FT130100960): Enculturated Brains, awarded to Dr. Richard Menary. The project will investigate how our brains have evolved to be highly plastic and modifiable by the social and cognitive environments in which we grow, learn and develop. The outcome of the project will be a theoretical model of the evolution and development of our cultural brains. PhD’s might focus on the following problems: 1 How did our brains evolve in richly social and cultural environments? 2 how does the human brain develop in such an environment? 3 how does culture transforms the brain? How does the cultural transformation of our brains results in culturally extended cognitive systems?

The scholarship must be taken up by second semester 2014

Interested prospective candidates should contact Dr. Richard Menary (richard.menary@mq.edu.au) or Phone: 02 9850 6896 for further information and before submitting an application form.

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 webpage for more information.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

Please quote the allocation number 2014087 on your application

ARTS: Sociology - Affinities in Multicultural Australia

31 MAR 14 2014074

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Sociology associated with successful ARC Discovery Project DP140100424 for the following project.

Project Name: Affinities in Multicultural Australia

One of the most significant and ongoing concerns in Australia is the implicit, and sometimes explicit, assumption in public discourse s that some ethnic groups practice 'backward religions', maintain 'inferior values' or live ‘parallel lives’. Australia’s policy and public discourses continue to concentrate on the consequences of diversity and the need for immigrant integration and social cohesion. The ‘Australian Value Statement’ and the Citizenship Test are both focused on statements of Australian core values. Although there is a renewed commitment to multiculturalism, concern with issues of ‘social cohesion’ and ‘shared values’ remains. But what are the values actually held by Anglo-Celtic Australians and members of immigrants groups, and where do our similarities and differences lie?

The PhD candidate will conduct in-depth ethnographical research, with an emphasis on the ‘practices’ aspect of values and affinities. S/he will have access to the data collected for the main project and will build on this by including two more ethnic groups and an in-depth comparison between two locations.

Applicants should have research qualifications in a relevant discipline (eg, Sociology, Anthropology, History).

The successful applicant will need to start in the second half of 2014. The doctoral students will be supervised by Associate Professor Ellie Vasta (Principal supervisor Sociology) and Professor Lucy Taksa (Associate Supervisor Marketing and Management).

Associate Professor Ellie Vasta has published on themes of of social solidarity and transnational identities, community and identity; racism; immigrant women; immigrant agency; second and third generation Australians of immigrant background http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/faculties_and_departments/faculty_of_arts/department_of_sociology/staff/associate_professor_ellie_vasta/

Professor Taksa has published on migrant workers, inter-cultural relations, identity intersections, multicultural policy and Diversity Management http://www.businessandeconomics.mq.edu.au/contact_the_faculty/all_fbe_staff/lucy_taksa/

The successful candidate will join approx. 40 students in the department of Sociology in the Faculty of Arts. The Department of Sociology has a world class ERA ranking that brings together high quality interdisciplinary researchers. It provides a stimulating intellectual research environment via monthly colloquia, regular Faculty research development workshops, and access to the expertise of academic staff in the Faculty of Arts. The student will have similar access in the faculty of Business and Economics.

Interested prospective candidates should contact Associate Professor Ellie Vasta, ellie.vasta@mq.edu.au) or Phone: (02) 9850 8078 for further information and before submitting an application form.

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 webpage for more information.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

Please quote the allocation number 2014074 on your application

ARTS: Philosophy - Cinematic Ethics: Exploring Ethical Experience through Film

30 APR 14 2014093 & 2014094

Two full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are available for suitably qualified prospective PhD candidates in the Department of Philosophy associated with successful ARC Future Fellowship project FT130100334.

Please quote the allocation reference numbers 2014093 & 2014094 on your application form.

These two MQRES Scholarships are part of the ARC Future Fellowship project (FT130100334) on Cinematic Ethics awarded to Dr Robert Sinnerbrink. This project is a study of cinema as a medium of ethical experience and critical reflection. It brings together philosophy, film theory, aesthetics, and ethical theory, to understand how film can evoke ethical experience through images and narrative. Although recent work in philosophy of film has begun exploring the question of ethics, there is comparatively little theoretical reflection on what this means: how do movies evoke and express ethical ideas? How can they reveal the complexities of a moral or political situation? What role does our emotional involvement play in this process? Can the aesthetic elements of film be ethically significant? The successful PhD candidates will contribute to exploring these and related questions in order to theorise how film, through its power of aesthetic presentation, can exercise our moral imaginations and enhance our ethical understanding.

The successful candidates would be expected to produce research with a complementary yet stand-alone focus with respect to the research project outlined above.

The scholarships must be taken up by second semester 2014.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Dr. Robert Sinnerbrink, email: robert.sinnerbrink@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 (0)2 9850 9935 before submitting an application.

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 webpage for more information.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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 HDR Applications webpage 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 2014093 & 2014094 on your application.

ARTS: Modern History, Politics and International Relations - Regional Politics in the Southwest Pacific: From Colonialism and Cold War to the Asia-Pacific Century

30 APR 14 2014068

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations associated with successful ARC Discovery Project DP140101227 for the following project.

Project Name: Regional Politics in the Southwest Pacific: From Colonialism and Cold War to the Asia-Pacific Century

The principal aim is to investigate the development of regionalism in the Southwest Pacific from the early postwar period to the present with a particular focus on identity politics. For the purposes of the project, the region consists of the Pacific Island countries of Melanesia and Western Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand. Particular issues include colonial legacies and neocolonialism, the geopolitical legacy of the Cold War, panregionalism and the Polynesia/Melanesia divide, and the advent of other actors and interests in the region, especially since the end of the Cold War. It will examine the main drivers of regionalism and subregionalism (including the rise of the Melanesian Spearhead Group) and Australia and New Zealand’s record in regional relations and diplomacy. The conceptual framework incorporates insights from cultural theory and international relations theory.

Previous research experience in any aspect of Pacific Island politics is desirable but not essential.

Interested prospective candidates should contact Professor Stephanie Lawson (stephanie.lawson@mq.edu.au) or Phone: (02) 98508878 or 0410970447 for further information and before submitting an application form.

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 webpage for more information.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

Please quote the allocation number 2014068 on your application

Faculty of Business and Economics

Faculty of Human Sciences

HUMAN SCIENCES: Education - Designing effective learning experiences: Investigating novice and expert teachers’ design processes

31 MAR 14 2014069

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Education associated with successful ARC Discovery Project DP140100970.

Project Name: Designing effective learning experiences: Investigating novice and expert teachers’ design processes

Primary school teachers are responsible for designing learning experiences for their students in an increasingly complex environment. This project will advance understanding by: characterising and identifying differences in how novice and expert teachers approach the design of learning experiences for their students; capturing expert design processes through practice examples; and investigating how expert practice examples stimulate novice teachers to design learning experiences. This new understanding of teachers' design processes is necessary if we are to enhance teacher preparation and continued professional learning.

We would like to attract a PhD student who is interested in researching teacher thinking and practices.

The successful candidate will join with an established collaborative research team including Lori Lockyer, Sue Bennett and Shirley Agostinho.

Interested prospective candidates should contact Prof Lori Lockyer (lori.lockyer@mq.edu.au) or Phone: 02 9850 9816 for further information and to discuss possible research directions within this project, and before submitting an application form.

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 webpage for more information.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

Please quote the allocation number 2014069 on your application

HUMAN SCIENCES: Psychology - Music and language: Psychological commonalities revealed
31 MAR 14 2013087

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Psychology associated with successful ARC Discovery Project DP130101084.

Please quote the allocation reference number 2013087 on your application form.

Project Name: Music and language: Psychological commonalities revealed

Each day, people all over the world listen to music while reading, writing or talking, yet there is little understanding of the functional and neuroscientific connection between music and language.

We would like to attract a PhD student who is interested in conducting research on the complex interactions and connections between music and language.

One direction could involve examination of the costs that arise when music is distracting, and benefits when music is reinforcing.

A second direction could involve examination of contexts in which musical features are confused with accompanying verbal material (source confusion).

A third direction could involve examination of the impact of music listening while trying to comprehend complex grammatical sentences (shared syntactic processing hypothesis).

Potential outcomes may include scientific advances in music research, an understanding of impairments in music and/or language, cooperative links with the music industry, and recommendations for optimal uses of music in education and industry.

Please contact Professor William Thompson at Bill.Thompson@mq.edu.au or phone: +61 2 9850 4083 for a list of the possible supervisors and research areas.

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 webpage for more information.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

Please quote the allocation number 2013087 on your application.

HUMAN SCIENCES: Australian School of Advanced Medicine - CSF Physiology: Fluid flow in the spinal cord and subarachnoid space
31 MAR 14 2014079

A full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate in the Australian School of Advanced Medicine associated with successful NHMRC APP1063628.

Project Name: CSF Physiology: Fluid flow in the spinal cord and subarachnoid space

Fluid homeostasis in the CNS is essential for normal neurological function. CSF circulation clears potentially toxic metabolites, proteins, neurotransmitters and pathogens, therefore, abnormalities in CSF homeostasis can lead to serious neurological conditions (eg. hydrocephalus, oedema, syringomyelia). There are numerous ways in which normal CSF flow can be disturbed, including meningitis, head injury, spinal cord injury, and stroke. The financial and emotional cost of each of these conditions is substantial, and available treatments are unsatisfactory. Although a fundamental aspect of many of these conditions, the routes of fluid flow into and out of the CNS remain poorly defined.

We, and others, have recently demonstrated that fluid flows rapidly into the CNS parenchyma via peri-arterial spaces. In the brain, fluid flow has been shown to continue through the interstitum and exit via para-venular spaces. Whether this pathway is also present in the spinal cord has not been determined. In addition, important questions remain with regards to the role of aquaporins lining para-vascular spaces, and effect of obstructions on fluid flow in the CNS.

Our recently funded NHMRC grant aims to answer these questions by utilising advanced molecular imaging techniques, pharmacological modulation of aquaporins, and the use of experimentally-induced obstructions to CSF flow.

This project will involve working with research animals, tissue processing, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, and image analysis. Experience with any of these procedures would be a distinct advantage.

Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Prof Marcus Stoodley at marcus.stoodley@mq.edu.au or phone: (02) 9812 3800

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 webpage for more information.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

Please quote the allocation number 2014079 on your application.

HUMAN SCIENCES: Health Professions - Tobacco industry, public policy and global health
17 APR 14 2014105

The PhD candidate will join a multidisciplinary, international project team conducting research into tobacco industry strategies to adapt to, and shape, globalisation through corporate restructuring, new product development, influence on policy formation, and other measures aimed at repositioning itself within the global economy.

Specific research areas and aims of the project are:

1. tobacco industry influence on trade and investment policy at the national, regional and global levels, and the related impact on industry strategies to restructure and expand worldwide;
2. the role of illicit tobacco trade as a key component of corporate strategies to adapt to, shape and operate within an increasingly global economy;
3. industry responses to increasingly regulated markets, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy initiatives,
4. industry strategies to deal with environmental problems caused by tobacco product litter;
5. to put forth conclusions and recommendations on corporate governance within a global economy to ensure the protection and promotion of population health.

The PhD candidate will contribute to research related to one of the above themes. He/she will be supervised by Dr Ross MacKenzie. The candidate will also work with project team members at collaborating institutions in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

A background in, and research experience related to public health, international studies or public policy, is preferred. Ability to work with initiative and discretion, and demonstration of excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department Health Professions associated with a study entitled “Tobacco industry, public policy and global health,” funded by the National Cancer Institute, US National Institutes of Health.

Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Dr Ross MacKenzie (ross.mackenzie@mq.edu.au) or phone: +61 (0)2 9850 6393

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 webpage for more information.

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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 HDR Applications webpage 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.

HUMAN SCIENCES: Linguistics - When do gestures become linguistic? Understanding the gesture-language interface through a corpus-based study of pointing signs in signed languages
25 APR 14 2014065

The ARC project (June 2014-June 2017) will use corpus-based and experimental studies to compare pointing signs in three sign languages (in Australia, the UK and The Netherlands) and with pointing gestures used by hearing non-signers. The PhD project will focus on eye-gaze behavior when pronouns and pointing gestures are produced. It will involve controlled experiments to collect data on eye-gaze direction using eye-tracking technology when deaf native signers and hearing non-signers use pronouns and pointing gestures.

The successful applicant will:
  • have a recent appropriate undergraduate degree and masters-level qualification (preferably in linguistics or psychology)
  • ideally should have undergone relevant research training
  • ideally have some competence in a sign language (strongly favored)

  • Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Professor Trevor Johnston(trevor.johnston@mq.edu.au) or phone: +61 (0)2 9850 8067

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

    Please quote the allocation number 2014065 on your application.

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Cognitive Science and Psychology - Beyond reading jumbled words: Bridging perception and language in the Noisy Channel model
    30 APR 14 2014067

    A full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate in the Departments of Cognitive Science and Psychology associated with successful DP140101199.

    Project Name: Beyond reading jumbled words: Bridging perception and language in the Noisy Channel model

    We have recently developed a model of visual word recognition, the Noisy Channel model (Norris & Kinoshita, 2012, Psychological Review). The model is unique in recognizing the role of noisy visual perception in human readers. The project aims to advance understanding of how the product of noisy perception interacts with language in reading.

    Applicants should have research qualifications in a relevant discipline (eg, Psychology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Linguistics). We are paticularly interested in applicants with strong experimental background. Methods include, but are not limited to reaction time studies and there are opportunities to develop skills in neuroscience measures such as EEG and MEG.

    Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact A/Prof Sachiko Kinoshita at Sachiko.kinoshita@mq.edu.au or phone: (02) 9850 8004

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

    Please quote the allocation number 2014067 on your application.

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Australian School of Advanced Medicine (ASAM) - Developing new treatments for brain AVMs
    30 APR 14 2013085

    A full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate in the Australian School of Advanced Medicine associated with successful NHMRC project grant APP1047302.

    Project Name: Developing new treatments for brain AVMs

    The neurosurgery laboratory at The Australian School of Advanced Medicine is researching possible new treatments for brain arteriovenous malformations. Specifically, we are investigating radiation-induced endothelial changes in AVM vessels with a view to targeting those changes with novel biological therapies. We use animal models and cell cultures to study molecular changes.

    Techniques include proteomics, immunohistochemistry, in vivo imaging, angiography, and study of endothelial microparticles using flow cytometry.

    The current project focuses on characterising the radiation-induced molecular changes.

    Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Professor Marcus Stoodley at marcus.stoodley@mq.edu.au or phone: (02) 9812 3822

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

    Please quote the allocation number 2013085 on your application.

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Australian School of Advanced Medicine - Cerebrovascular Blood Flow Modelling
    30 APR 14 2013186

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Australian School of Advanced Medicine associated with successful ARC Linkage Project LP130100423.

    Project Name: Cerebrovascular Blood Flow Modelling

    The project represents a close work among bio-mechanical engineers and vascular physiologists in our laboratory to investigate the mechanisms involved in cerebral aneurysm initiation and growth.

    Candidate should have an undergraduate degree with first class honours or Masters degree by research or equivalent, in engineering or science, biology or physical sciences. Strong laboratory research skills or prior experience in biomedical computer simulation with a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research will be highly regarded. Good communication and writing skills are essential as the candidate is expected to produce scientific reports and to communicate research results of publishable quality in high impact journals in the field.

    Candidate is expected to have prior knowledge on computer simulation, vascular biology, and cardiovascular physiology. Successful candidate will be working alongside with a postdoctoral fellow in haemodynamic research, assessment of blood flow using CFD technology and PIV techniques. The project is based on our collaboration with CSIRO, Monash Medical Centre, and our partner universities and hospitals in Chinese and Japanese.

    The school also supplements $10,000 pa tax exempt in addition to the stipend of qualified candidates.

    Please contact Professor Itsu Sen (Itsu.sen@mq.edu.au) or Phone: 02 9812 3551 for further information.

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

    Please quote the allocation number 2013186 on your application

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Institute of Early Childhood - Investigating educator-infant talk and infant-peer interactions in Long Day Care
    30 APR 14 2014072

    Very young children’s participation in language rich experiences form a foundation for their immediate and long-terms learning and wellbeing. Most studies in this area have focussed on mother-child interactions but this project comprises an in-depth investigation of the complex educator-infant and infant-peer interactions which occur in long day care centres. The project aims to:

  • investigate the quantity and qualities of language used by infant educators when interacting with infants,

  • investigate the qualities of the communicative interactions that are entered into by infants in long day care centres,
  • To determine relationships between (i) educators’ qualifications, adult-child ratios, group size and the availability of professional support and (ii) the language qualities of infant long day care programs, and
  • explore how infants and educators in long day care centres use their linguistic resources to initiate and sustain reciprocal interactions between infants, their educators and peers.
  • This 3-year project will use a variety of observational methods to record and analyse the talk and interactions that take place in infant long-day-care rooms providing for 0- to 2-year-old children.

    One full-time PhD scholarship is available: MQRES #2014072 funded by Macquarie University

    The successful candidate will work within a case-study approach to develop and implement a fine-grained analysis of educator-infant and/or infant-peer interactions. There will be the potential for the candidate to develop with own approach and focus within the aims and scope of the ARC funded study.

    This scholarship is for commencement in 2014 semester 2. Candidates should refer to the University’s 2014 PhD admission requirements at Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) web page

    Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Dr Sheila Degotardi(Sheila.degotardi@mq.edu.au) or phone: +61 (0)2 9850 9895

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    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 HDR Applications webpage 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.

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Cognitive Science - Brain decoding
    30 ARR 14 2012202

    A full-time domestic (NZ residents included) Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate in the Department of Cognitive Science and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD).

    People can easily recognise thousands of objects effortlessly in less than a fraction of a second. The research aims to understand the brain mechanisms that support this remarkable human capacity. Studies will rely heavily on multivariate pattern analysis (“brain decoding”) techniques applied to both functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) data, 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.

    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.

    Prospective applicants should, in the first instance, contact Dr Thomas Carlsonat Thomas.carlson@mq.edu.au or phone: (02) 9850 4133

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    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 HDR Applications webpage 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.

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Australian School of Advanced Medicine - Developing novel chemistries for removing environmental surface biofilms to reduce hospital acquired infections.
    10 MAY 14 2013184

    Most bacteria live attached to surfaces, in communities called biofilms. Antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylocccus aureus (MRSA) have been found in hospitals on bedside surfaces. Up to 20% of patients in intensive care units develop antibiotic resistant infections and environmental biofilm contamination plays a large part in transmission of these infections. Biofilms are not removed by currently used detergents and disinfectants; therefore, our aim is to develop new agents to efficiently remove biofilms infecting hospital surfaces. We will do this by initially analysing the components of biofilm and testing different removal chemistries. By removing biofilms and hence reducing the number of resistant bacteria in the environment we expect to decrease infection rates, save lives and reduce healthcare costs.

    The project is collaboration between Macquarie University, the University of Western Sydney and Whiteley Corporation. The candidate will be based at Macquarie.

    Techniques will include bacterial culture, biofilm chemical analysis, biofilm visual analysis by scanning electron microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy. Applicants should be interested in microbiology, infection control or chemistry.

    Candidates may be eligible for a scholarship top-up of up to $7,000pa. Terms and conditions apply.

    Please contact A/Prof Karen Vickery (Karen.vickery@mq.edu.au) or Phone: 0422256323 for further information.

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

    Please quote the allocation number 2013184 on your application

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Psychology - Preventing, treating and understanding the comorbidity between mental and substance use disorders
    15 MAY 14 2014059

    This PhD Scholarship presents the opportunity to work within the Centre of Research Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Use (CREMS), a world first collaboration of national and international experts in preventing, treating and understanding the comorbidity between mental and substance use disorders. Funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council in 2012, the CREMS includes:

    • Macquarie University
    • University of New South Wales
    • University of Newcastle
    • University of Sydney
    • University of Birmingham, UK
    • Northwestern University Medical School, USA
    • Medical University of South Carolina, USA

    The CREMS is committed to high-quality research, translating research into clinical outcomes and fostering collaborative research. More information about the exciting projects at the CREMS can be found at http://www.comorbidity.edu.au

    The scholarship provides an opportunity to conduct advanced study on a range of topics within CREMS such as psychophysiological studies of the emotion regulation processes and cue reactivity underlying alcohol anxiety comorbidity, advanced analyses of epidemiological datasets to explore the structure of comorbidity, the early identification and prevention/ treatment of comorbidity in young people, or the dissemination of evidence based treatments.

    Please contact A/Prof Andrew Baillie (Andrew.baillie@mq.edu.au) or Phone: +61 2 9850 9436 for further information.

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

    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 HDR Applications webpage 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

    HUMAN SCIENCES: Health Professions - Tobacco industry, public policy and global health
    31 May 2014 2014105

    Project Name: Tobacco industry, public policy and global health

    Project Description:

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department Health Professions associated with a study entitled “Tobacco industry, public policy and global health,” funded by the National Cancer Institute, US National Institutes of Health.

    The PhD candidate will join a multidisciplinary, international project team conducting research into tobacco industry strategies to adapt to, and shape, globalisation through corporate restructuring, new product development, influence on policy formation, and other measures aimed at repositioning itself within the global economy.

    Specific research areas and aims of the project are:

    1.tobacco industry influence on trade and investment policy at the national, regional and global levels, and the related impact on industry strategies to restructure and expand worldwide;
    2.the role of illicit tobacco trade as a key component of corporate strategies to adapt to, shape and operate within an increasingly global economy;
    3.industry responses to increasingly regulated markets, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy initiatives,
    4.environmental impacts of tobacco product litter in Australia, and associated efforts by the tobacco industry to distance itself from responsibility for these impacts and to manage potential public relations fallout;
    5.to put forth conclusions and recommendations on corporate governance within a global economy to ensure the protection and promotion of population health.

    The PhD candidate will contribute to research related to one of the above themes. He/she will be supervised by Dr Ross MacKenzie. The candidate will also work with project team members at collaborating institutions in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

    A background in, and research experience related to public health, international studies or public policy, is preferred. Ability to work with initiative and discretion, and demonstration of excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

    Contact Name: Dr Ross MacKenzie

    Contact Email: ross.mackenzie@mq.edu.au

    Contact Phone: +61 2 9850 6393

    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 about this.

    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 the 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: 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

    Please quote the allocation number 2014105 on your application form..

    Faculty of Science

    Joint Research Engagement - Engineering Cadetships
    OPEN

    Joint Research Engagement (JRE) - Engineering Cadetships are available to HDR students in relevant areas of engineering or science, and involve a combination of formal research training with the Higher Education Provider (HEP) and concurrent employment with a business to carry out R&D activities.

    Macquarie University has been successful in securing 5 grant awards valued at $5,195 per annum in 2013 for currently enrolled MQ HDR candidates to supplement the research training costs for each domestic student participating in the program. This funding enables the HEP to customise the student’s research training experience to enhance their career prospects as well as to increase overall collaboration between universities and industry to strengthen R&D outcomes.

    Interested applications should submit a JRE Coversheet and attach an expression of interest (EOI) to the HDR Scholarships Manager, HDRO, Macquarie University, NSW 2209, or by email at: hdrschol@mq.edu.au

  • JRE MQ Cover sheet

  • EOI's should contain information about the proposed cadetship and industry partner along with information about current enrolment and how this research training opportunity fits in their research and/or research career path, and how this might enhance future research collaboration with the industry or business partner.

    Applications are open all year round.

    SCIENCE: Computing - More information for better utility; less information for better privacy
    30 APR 14 2014070

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Computing associated with successful ARC Discovery Project DP140101119 for the following project.

    Project Name: More information for better utility; less information for better privacy

    This project's aim is to develop new techniques and models to analyse information flows in security-sensitive computer systems where privacy, in particular, is an issue. Such systems include electronic-voting systems and other internet applications. The developed analysis techniques are expected to combine data mining with novel "security metrics" in order to measure how well security-sensitive computer systems can maintain the privacy of the data with which they interact.

    The project is part of an ARC-funded Discovery grant "More information for better utility; less information for better privacy", and it involves a collaboration between Macquarie University, The University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne.

    Applicants should have qualifications in a relevant disicpline (eg computer science and/or mathematics or statistics). We are particularly interested in applicants with experience in logic and/or the analysis of algorithms.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact A/Prof Annabelle McIver, email: annabelle.mciver@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 9579, before submitting an application.

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

    Please quote the allocation number 2014070 on your application form..

    Biological Sciences: Biodiversity and functioning of swamp wetland ecosystems
    30 APR 14 2014101

    Temperate highland swamps in the Sydney Basin have been identified as an endangered ecological community under Commonwealth biodiversity and conservation acts. These ecosystems are uniquely diverse, and support flora and fauna not found in other systems, and with high degree of local endemism. Unfortunately, they are threatened by mining and a range of other disturbances such as urbanisation and climate change.

    The swamps serve as islands of habitat, isolated within the surrounding landscape. The invertebrate and microbes of these swamps provide valuable ecosystem services that are essential to water quality and supply. This project examines the ecological function of invertebrates and microbes in upland swamps and their interactions that lead to the provision of ecosystem services. The project will require extensive fieldwork to collect and analyse swamps and their biota, with use molecular tools to examine population structure and endemism among the invertebrate fauna and next generation sequencing to profile microbial assemblages and their functional genes. There is considerable scope within this project to explore particular aspects of microbial and invertebrate ecology that are of interest to the candidate.

    This PhD project is part of a multi-disciplinary project supported by an ARC Linkage project in collaboration with the Hawkesbury-Nepean CMA. It will be an excellent opportunity for the PhD candidate to be exposed and contribute to the functioning of the multi-disciplinary team while being able to focus on a largely independent project that will have direct outcomes to improving environmental management and conservation. An excellent candidate will be able to build their research track record for a broad range of professional futures including academia, industry, non-government and government organisations.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact A/Prof Grant Hose, email: Grant.Hose@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 6296, before submitting an application.

    International applicants will only be considered under a cotutelle agreement (See Cotutelles program information page).

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

    Please quote the allocation number 2014101 on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Engineering - Distributed Energy Storage Management System
    30 APR 14 2013201

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Engineering associated with successful ARC Linkage Project LP130100811 for the following project.

    Project Name: Distributed Energy Storage Management System

    A major emerging challenge for energy technology is the integration of distributed energy sources and energy storage systems into the existing power grid. Optimal integration on a large scale will require future energy systems to also be closely integrated with modern telecommunications technology, i.e. for both monitoring and control. Power systems with embedded communication and intelligence are commonly called “smart-grids”.

    This project is to investigate and develop methods for implementing a highly scalable data collection and processing system by automated machine-to-machine (M2M) communications for future smart-grids. The specific application of interest is the integration of electric vehicles into the smart-grid, involving research and development on the implementation of highly scalable wireless M2M communication systems, and also on processing large amounts of dynamic data to predict the source/load on the electricity distribution grid associated with electric vehicles.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Professor Graham Town, email: graham.town@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 9145

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

    Please quote the allocation number 2013201 on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Physics and Astronomy - Nonlinear laser Systems for Machine Learning Led Knowledge Discovery
    30 APR 14 2013141

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Physics and Astronomy associated with successful multi-disciplinary SIEF grant involving MQ researchers.

    Project Name: Nonlinear laser Systems for Machine Learning Led Knowledge Discovery

    The research group undertakes world leading research in mapping complexity and related measures with experimental data from nonlinear laser systems. This data includes our own and that from the systems of other leading research groups around the world. Our study of the nonlinear laser systems themselves has a focus on systems generating nonlinear outputs tailored to emerging applications. In this project nonlinear laser systems will be designed and implemented which are of strong scientific interest in their own right but which will also generate a range of experimental data tailored to support the development of knowledge discovery using machine learning strategies

    This PhD project is set in the context of a multi-disciplinary project supported by a SIEF grant joint between NICTA, Macquarie University, Sydney University and Sirca entitled “Big Data Knowledge Discovery: Machine Learning Meets Natural Science”. It will be an excellent opportunity for the PhD candidate to be exposed and contribute 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 including academia, industry, non-government and government organisations.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Professor Deb Kane, email: Deb.kane@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 8907, before submitting an application.

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

    Please quote the allocation number 2013141 on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Mathematics - Test-beds for the data-driven future: nonlinear dynamical systems and chaotic data analysis
    30 APR 14 2013142

    A full-time PhD Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available in the Department of Mathematics associated with successful multi-disciplinary SIEF grant involving MQ researchers.

    Project Name: Test-beds for the data-driven future: nonlinear dynamical systems and chaotic data analysis

    The PhD scholarship is available to support a project in the areas of dynamical systems and chaotic data analysis. The aims are analysis of models underlying physical systems typified by chaotic semiconductor lasers and related systems, and the development of robust and reliable methods for analysing associated chaotic time series. Whilst particular systems motivate this study, the development of methods will be of strong mathematical and scientific interest in their own right and will also support the development of knowledge discovery using machine learning strategies. This project is in conjunction with a major, multi-disciplinary project involving mathematics, physics, computing and other disciplines

    This PhD project is set in the context of a multi-disciplinary project supported by a SIEF grant joint between NICTA, Macquarie University, Sydney University and Sirca entitled “Big Data Knowledge Discovery: Machine Learning Meets Natural Science”. It will be an excellent opportunity for the PhD candidate to be exposed and contribute 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 including academia, industry, non-government and government organisations.

    For further information and inquiries in the first instance, please contact Professor Paul Smith, email: Paul.smith@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 2 9850 8944, before submitting an application.

    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 webpage for more information.

    To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are 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 the HDR Scholarship Requirements webpage for more information.

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

    Please quote the allocation number 2013142 on your application form..

    CRC Plant Biosecurity - Expressions of interest sought for proposed PhD project
    OPEN

    The Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre offers various scholarships to students wishing to undertake training in plant biosecurity. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: Biology of Emergency Plant Pests, Diagnostics, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Predictive Simulation Models, Remote Sensing, Risk Analysis, Social Science and Taxonomy.

    The PBCRC offers full and top-up PhD scholarships. The annual stipend is $30,000 (AUD), plus a generous allowance for operating, travel and professional development.

    Expressions of interest sought for proposed PhD project: Managing myrtle rust and its impacts on Australia’s unique biodiversity

    The broad aim of this research project is to assess the impact of myrtle rust on ecological communities using a combination of field surveys and experiments. Vegetation communities in eastern NSW and south-east Queensland where myrtle rust is known to occur will be surveyed to assess the impact on a broad range of plant species. Experiments will be conducted to assess the regeneration (seedling establishment and re-sprouting) capacity of infected plants compared to uninfected plants for a range of species and under a range ofenvironmental conditions. This research project will gather data on the impact of myrtle rust on key Myrtaceae across a broad geographic range in eastern Australia, data that could be used for ecological modelling and assist in developing better management strategies. If possible (i.e. suitable site permitting) we will investigate the impact in a managed eucalypt forest. To investigate the impact of a different strain of Puccinia psidii (e.g. from a new incursion) on key Myrtaceae (Melaleuca quinquenervia) experiments will be conducted using international facilities (proposed USDA Invasive Plant Research Laboratory, Florida). This work will also assist in the development of a differential set capable of detecting new strains of P. psidii.

    Supervising institution: Macquarie University

    More information: Angus Carnegie (DPI NSW) Email: angus.carnegie@dpi.nsw.gov.au

    Information about CRC Plant Biosecurity - Scholarships refer to: http://www.crcplantbiosecurity.com.au/education-training/scholarships

    SCIENCE: Environment and Geography - Beyond the Private Car: Personal Mobility Futures in Australia
    31 MAY 2014 2014061

    Project Name: Beyond the Private Car: Personal Mobility Futures in Australia

    Project Description:

    While the private car endures as the most popular way for Australian’s to navigate urban areas, there are signs of small cracks in its strong hold on modern life. Alternative forms of transport, such as cycling, are increasing in popularity to challenge the hegemony of private car use.

    We are seeking a PhD candidate to join an exciting three year project examining shifts in personal mobility practices. The project develops a new framework in which to understand urban mobility and recognises the emergence of multiple modes of autonomous mobility. Specifically, a detailed analysis will be conducted of the governance and practice of three transport modes: cycling, carsharing and the use of electric bikes. This analysis will provide evidence on the contexts in which individualised, non-private-car mobility can flourish.

    The PhD candidate will be responsible for the cycling component of the larger project. S/he will have access to the data collected for the main project and will build on this by including additional data to enable both stand-alone analysis of cycling as a personal mobility mode and comparison between cycling and other modes.

    The successful applicant will need to start in the second half of 2014. Applicants should have research qualifications in a relevant discipline such as geography, planning or sociology.

    Other Important Information:

    Professor Robyn Dowling will be the doctoral student’s primary supervisor. Professor Dowling has an international reputation as an urban and cultural geographer. She has published widely across the fields of human geography, urban studies and cultural studies. Her research interests lay in geographies of home and the ways cities, governance and identities are changing in the context of climate change. Further background can be found here: http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/ltc/staff/robyn_dowling/.

    Dr Jennifer Kent will be the student’s co-supervisor. Jennifer’s research focuses on cultural attachments to private car use and the links between health and urban planning. Further background can be found here: http://envirogeog.mq.edu.au/about/staff/person.htm?id=jkent

    The successful candidate will join over 70 higher degree research students in the Department of Environment and Geography in the Faculty of Science. The Department of Environment and Geography has a world class ERA ranking that brings together high quality interdisciplinary researchers. It provides a stimulating intellectual research environment via monthly colloquia, regular Faculty research development workshops, and access to the expertise of academic staff.

    Contact Name: Dr Jennifer Kent

    Contact Email: Jennifer.kent@mq.edu.au

    Contact Phone: +61 2 9850 2168

    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 about this.

    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 the 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: 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

    Please quote the allocation number 2014061 on your application form..

    SCIENCE: Earth and Planetary Sciences - Source and tectonic significance of volcanic ash and sand in sediment from the South China Sea
    31 MAY 2014 2014104

    Project Name: Source and tectonic significance of volcanic ash and sand in sediment from the South China Sea

    Closing Date: 31 May 2014

    Project Description:

    The South China Sea (SCS) is a marginal sea located at the junction of the Eurasian, Pacific, and Indo-Australian plates. The SCS and its sub-basins were drilled during IODP Expedition 349 to investigate the SCS break-up and basin formation history and implications for East Asian and western Pacific tectonic and paleoenvironmental evolution since the late Mesozoic. This study will include the chemical analysis of ash found in the sediment cores at all sites to determine the ash source, composition of volcanism in the area, and age of the ash. The age will be determined using a combination of zircon U-Pb dating and Ar-Ar analysis of plagioclase in the ash. This will help constrain tectonic models for the region. The study will also include the analysis of volcaniclastic sandstone and breccia intersected during drilling in the SCS and thought to be sourced from a seamount adjacent to the drill site.

    Other Important Information:

    This project must commence in Semester 1, 2014.

    Contact Name: Associate Professor Kelsie Dadd

    Contact Email: kelsie.dadd@mq.edu.au

    Contact Phone: +61 2 9850 7763

    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 about this.

    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 the 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: 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

    Please quote the allocation number 2014104 on your application form..

    Other

    German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD) Scholarships
    (All year)
    Regeneus Adult Stem Cell Scholarship Program
    OPEN

    The Regeneus Adult Stem Cell Scholarship Program offers full and top-up Postgraduate Scholarships to high quality students who are enrolled in a PhD at Macquarie University. Research projects must be directly related to Regeneus’s adult stem cell research program. A range of projects are currently available.

    Top-up scholarships will be the norm. Valued at A$7000 per annum, they are available to PhD students who have gained (or expect to gain) an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent scholarship.

    In some circumstances full scholarships will be available. These offer a stipend of the equivalent of an APA plus the top-up amount of A$7000 per annum for three years.

    International students are eligible to apply but must be able to provide evidence of admission to Macquarie University.

    Please contact info@regeneus.com.au for further information.

    CRC Plant Biosecurity - Expressions of interest sought for proposed PhD project
    OPEN

    The Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre offers various scholarships to students wishing to undertake training in plant biosecurity. Areas of interest include but are not limited to: Biology of Emergency Plant Pests, Diagnostics, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Predictive Simulation Models, Remote Sensing, Risk Analysis, Social Science and Taxonomy.

    The PBCRC offers full and top-up PhD scholarships. The annual stipend is $30,000 (AUD), plus a generous allowance for operating, travel and professional development.

    Expressions of interest sought for proposed PhD project: Managing myrtle rust and its impacts on Australia’s unique biodiversity

    The broad aim of this research project is to assess the impact of myrtle rust on ecological communities using a combination of field surveys and experiments. Vegetation communities in eastern NSW and south-east Queensland where myrtle rust is known to occur will be surveyed to assess the impact on a broad range of plant species. Experiments will be conducted to assess the regeneration (seedling establishment and re-sprouting) capacity of infected plants compared to uninfected plants for a range of species and under a range ofenvironmental conditions. This research project will gather data on the impact of myrtle rust on key Myrtaceae across a broad geographic range in eastern Australia, data that could be used for ecological modelling and assist in developing better management strategies. If possible (i.e. suitable site permitting) we will investigate the impact in a managed eucalypt forest. To investigate the impact of a different strain of Puccinia psidii (e.g. from a new incursion) on key Myrtaceae (Melaleuca quinquenervia) experiments will be conducted using international facilities (proposed USDA Invasive Plant Research Laboratory, Florida). This work will also assist in the development of a differential set capable of detecting new strains of P. psidii.

    Supervising institution: Macquarie University

    More information: Angus Carnegie (DPI NSW) Email: angus.carnegie@dpi.nsw.gov.au

    Information about CRC Plant Biosecurity - Scholarships refer to: http://www.crcplantbiosecurity.com.au/education-training/scholarships

    European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) 2014 Australia Travel Grants for PhD Students
    4 APR 14

    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.

    Australian Rotary Health Funding Partners PhD Scholarships Round 1 2014
    OPEN

    Australian Rotary Health (ARH) offers PhD scholarships in health areas. Current opportunities include:

    • Bowel Cancer (NSW)
    • Depression (NSW)
    • Organ Rejection (Australia wide)
    • Primary Lymphoedema (Australia wide)
    • Royal Far West – Health of Country Children (NSW)
    • Systemic Cancer (NSW)

    Value and tenure: provides a living allowance of $29,000 per annum for up to three years.*
    Eligibility: Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, or New Zealand citizens, must be enrolled or enrolling full time, and must be about to commence a PhD in mid-2014 or early-2015. Refer to the application instruction for further details and requirements.


    Application instructions: Application forms for each scholarship can be downloaded from the ARH website. Applications require ratification by the University. A hard copy of the application should be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office (HDRO) by the internal closing date, and should include the signature of the Department Head and original certified attachments. The HDRO will obtain signature of Head of Institution and will arrange to submit your complete application directly to ARH by the ARH closing date. Please contact the Scholarships Team at the HDRO hdrschol@mq.edu.au if you plan to submit an application, and please forward your application to us by the internal closing date, to allow sufficient time to obtain institutional signature.

    University co-funding: These scholarships require the University to commit to co-funding.

    Applicants should contact their supervisor or local Department or Faculty research administrator for further information and to obtain Department Head signature.

    Contact:
    Australian Rotary Health Office
    PO Box 3455, Parramatta NSW 2124
    Phone: 02 8837 1900
    Fax: 02 9635 5042
    Email: michellenicholas@australianrotaryhealth.org.au
    Website: ARH Funding Partner PhD Scholarships

    Internal closing date: 27 June 2014
    ARH closing date: 4 July 2014*

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

    Heart Foundation Health Professional Scholarships 2014
    OPEN

    Health Professional Scholarship: The Health Professional Scholarship encourages health professionals to undertake a PhD in an area of cardiovascular research and actively apply evidence-based practice in order to develop the skills required to translate and implement research evidence into practice. It will also help them become more competitive for subsequent PhD awards.

    The award provides the opportunity for applicants to return to the main PhD stream after a number of non-academic years and apply to other PhD scholarship schemes for funding.

    Priority funding will be provided to health professionals working in cardiovascular healthcare, including allied health professionals, to further develop Australia’s cardiovascular health research capacity and encourage evidence-based health practice and research translation.

    Value and tenure*: Stipend of $40,000 pro rata per annum, for up to 2 years for Masters and up to 3 years for PhD.

    Application instructions:

    Applicants should download and carefully read the Instructions for applicants and Application form available from the Heart Foundation website. Applications require ratification by the University. A copy of the application should be emailed to the Higher Degree Research Office (HDRO) by the internal closing date, with the signature of the supervisor and Head of Department and with required original certified attachments. The HDRO will obtain verification by Research Office and will arrange to submit your complete application directly to ARH by the ARH closing date. Please contact the Scholarships Team at the HDRO hdrschol@mq.edu.au if you plan to submit an application, and please forward your application to us by the internal closing date, to allow sufficient time to obtain verification by Research Office.

    Contact:

    Research Program Team
    research@heartfoundation.org.au
    (03) 9321 1581

    Website: Heart Foundation Health Professional Scholarships

    Closing date*:

    INTERNAL: 13 June 2014
    EXTERNAL: 20 June 2014

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