PhD scholarship - Applied molecular science: energy materials and polymers


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions
Opening date 17 November 2020
Closing date 7 December 2020


Supervisor – Professor Debra Bernhardt

We are looking for PhD researchers to join our team which is investigating processes occurring in clean energy storage systems and/or polymer processing using molecular simulations. Computer simulations at the molecular level allow an understanding of the behaviour of a system to be obtained under operating conditions. This provides the knowledge and information to assist in improving processes. Our group is interested in sustainable energy applications and processing as well as developing new methods to simulate these systems. The PhD student will use state-of-the-art simulation methods developed in our group and by others, to study these out-of-equilibrium systems and contribute to the development of more sustainable technologies in this way.

A working knowledge of undergraduate-level mathematics and a keen interest in either clean energy applications and/or polymer processing would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

The successful student will join the group of ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Debra Bernhardt, in AIBN which has a well-established research program in study of nonequilibrium systems. They will contribute to the research program and join a team of research fellows and students working on the development of theory and simulation algorithms and their application to clean energy applications, polymer processing and other nonequilibrium processes. They will have access to all the necessary computational facilities through UQ infrastructure and also nationally competitive grants. The student will have the opportunity to interact with the broader community of theoretical and computational molecular scientists through involvement in the Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science. The AIBN has an active student society and UQ provides many development opportunities.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘BERNHARDT POLYMERS’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of chemistry, physics and/or chemical engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of computer coding or molecular simulation is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Professor Debra Bernhardt
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

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A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.