PhD Scholarship in Antimicrobial Polymer

Swinburne University of Technology

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Contribute to engaged research in new antibacterial systems

About the Scholarship
Bacterial contamination on various surfaces of medical devices, industrial pipes and food packages is a global concern. Nanomaterials play an important role in antibacterial applications primarily due to their large surface area and size-dependent properties. Coating of polymeric materials with nanomaterials is a promising approach to resist bacteria adhesion and enhance bactericidal properties.

We are looking for candidates who will work on a specific project on the:

i) Literature review of different technologies for antibacterial coatings on polymer using nanomaterials;
ii) Formulations/ Development of antibacterial coating of carbon-based materials on polymer;
iii) Testing of the properties of novel coating and the adhesion capability on polymer &
iv) Application of the tested coating on polymer by different methods.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology is at the forefront of the university’s focus on developing innovative solutions to real-life problems. If you’re interested in working on today’s most exciting challenges, collaborating with leaders in their discipline and being supported by some of the best technology and facilities in the country, then you should be at Swinburne.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:

• A Bachelor Honours (First Class) or Research Master’s degree in Material Science, Chemistry, Mechanical/ Chemical engineering or equivalent
• A background in research that is relevant to the project
• Experience in conducting scientific research through the use of literature
• Experience in conducing laboratory-based experiments

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

How to apply and further information
To view the position description or to start an application please click on 'apply' or ‘begin’ and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further enquires please contact Dr Pui Yan Hung (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) at

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact Maree Norden, Manager Diversity & Inclusion at For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud of our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives such as our Charter of Cultural Diversity, Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan, Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday, 8 August 2021.

Note: This position is open to candidates that are currently located within Australia and are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold an appropriate student visa. 


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