PhD scholarship: Novel materials for application as nanomedicines or sensors


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually. Single Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) is also available.
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Opening date 26 July 2021
Closing date 23 August 2021


Supervisor – Associate Professor Idriss Blakey

This project will develop novel materials constructs designed for application as nanomedicines or nanosensors.

To be truly effective in nanomedicine or sensor applications, new materials constructs need to be designed to carry out multiple functions. For example, a nanomedicine can include a therapeutic payload, a targeting moiety, an imaging agent and to gain fundamental scientific insight mechanistic aspects of therapy a biosensing element may be included. Similarly, nanosensors may include a recognition moiety, an amplification mechanism and a sensing element. It is anticipated that the project will work at the interface of chemistry, materials science, biology and imaging disciplines. We will work with you to design a project in this area that best suits your experience and interests while taking advantage of UQs significant expertise and infrastructure.   

A working knowledge of synthetic polymer chemistry, physical chemistry or materials science and chemical characterisation techniques would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Research environment

This is a collaborative project will be carried out at the Centre for Advanced Imaging and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at The University of Queensland (UQ) and the Precision Imaging Beacon at University of Nottingham (UoN).

UQ’s dedicated Centre for Advanced Imaging focuses on all aspects of biomedical imaging, and houses a preclinical suite of instruments including PET, MRI, optoacoustic, ultrasound, CT, optical methods, cyclotron, dynamic nuclear polarisation and simultaneous PET-MRI. These facilities are part of the Queensland node of the National Imaging Facility, a federally funded imaging initiative that provides open-access of state-of-the-art imaging infrastructure to scientists across Australia and the world. The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is an integrated multi-disciplinary research institute bringing together the skills of world-class researchers in the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology. AIBN seeks to deliver innovative solutions to society's problems through sustainable materials, healthy living and translational success. Researchers at CAI and the AIBN have a strong track record of developing new materials constructs designed to function as nanomedicines, sensors or biomedical imaging contrast agents, with an aim to gain novel insight into theses areas.

UoN’s track records include discrete application/sensing with electromagnetic energy, small-scale dielectric/ultrasound device design and combining techniques in Additive Manufacturing. The Precision Imaging Beacon focuses on studying diseases that have the biggest impact on our societies and lack adequate treatment, our advances in imaging for precision medicine offer the prospect of new understanding and revolutionary treatments to offer personalised care. The Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre (SPMIC) and Precision Imaging Beacon with 40 years of research in medical imaging have a SPMIC which operates four clinical MRI scanners along with a 7T scanner equipped, with multi-transmit capability, an upright 0.5T MRI scanner, hyperpolarisation facilities for helium, xenon and krypton imaging, a 273-channel SQUID-based CTF magnetoencephalography scanner and multiple MR-compatible electroencephalography systems.

Nottingham, home of the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre and birthplace of MRI, and Queensland’s Centre for Advanced Imaging, are world leaders in precision medical imaging. The supervisory teams will include academics from Nottingham and Queensland, which share a vision of training world-leading researchers. Both institutions are Universitas 21 members, an international consortium of leading, research-intensive universities dedicated to strong collaborative engagement.


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

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

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 ‘NANOMEDICINE-BLAKEY’ 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, biotechnology, materials science, or a science related discipline and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of chemical/polymer/materials synthesis and chemical characterization is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Idriss Blakey
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

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.