PhD Scholarship (Transformative simulation techniques)

Swinburne University of Technology

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Full time, fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus

About the Scholarship
We have an exciting PhD scholarship opportunity funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project “Transformative simulation techniques for complex polymer networks”, under the supervision of Dr Nathan Clisby.

This project will involve the development of radically efficient algorithms for Monte Carlo simulation of long-chain polymer systems, building on prior work by Dr Clisby on the pivot algorithm for self-avoiding walks. The successful candidate will develop techniques that they can be applied to wickedly difficult but physically important problems such as polymer knots and links, and the study of polymers with branched structures.

The role is located at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus and will have the opportunity to collaborate with world-class researchers involved in the Discovery Project, namely Dr Nicholas Beaton of The University of Melbourne, Professor Thomas Prellberg of Queen Mary University of London, and Professor Andrew Rechnitzer of the University of British Columbia.

About you 
To be successful in the role, you will have:
  • Either a Bachelors degree with honours or a Master’s degree, in mathematics, physics, or a related field.
  • Experience with writing computer code.
  • Background knowledge in a field that is related to the project, such as polymer physics, statistical mechanics, or discrete mathematics.
  • Preferably, experience writing high performance computer code in a language such as C, C++, Fortran, Scala, or Rust.

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

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

How to apply and further information
Please submit your CV and cover letter addressing why you believe you are suitable for this position.  
For further information about this position, contact Dr Nathan Clisby |

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on  

Applications Close: Friday 23 February 2024, 5.00pm

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Equity and Diversity 
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

For any support please contact or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

As a signatory to Victoria’s Commitment to Action, Swinburne seeks to remove barriers to international graduate employment. We welcome and encourage applications from international graduates.  

(Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position) 

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