RMIT Ph.D. scholarship, with the Computational Biophysics Group in the RMIT’s School of Science (Physics Discipline), provides an opportunity for a talented student to undertake their Ph.D. on a computer-based molecular biophysics project of medical significance, funded by the National Institutes of Health, USA.
The Computational Biophysics Group develops advanced physical and chemical simulation approaches to explore problems associated with membrane charge transport. Ion channels are proteins that control the movements of charged molecules across cell membranes to enable electrical activity in the body. This project involves the development and application of advanced computer simulation methods to explore the mechanisms of ion conduction, selectivity, and activation for ion channels that control neuronal signaling and brain function. Investigations may extend to how these channels may be modulated by drugs, as therapeutics for a range of neurological and cardiac diseases. This project has established experimental collaborators and uses supercomputing resources in Australia and the USA, including the new DE Shaw Anton2.
RMIT University, officially the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, is a public research university in Melbourne, Australia.
Founded in 1887 by Francis Ormond, RMIT began as a night school offering classes in art, science, and technology in response to the industrial revolution in Australia. It was a private college for more than a hundred years before merging with the Phillip Institute of Technology to become a public university in 1992. It has an enrolment of around 95,000 higher and vocational education students, making it the largest dual-sector education institution in Australia. With an annual revenue of around A$1.5 billion, it is also one of the wealthiest universities in Australia. It is rated a five-star university by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and is ranked 15th in the World for art and design subjects in the QS World University Rankings, making it the top art and design university in Australia and Oceania.
- Up to $30,000 per year for 3 years as a scholarship (or up to $10,000 per year as a top-up scholarship, for a candidate already in receipt of an APA or equivalent scholarship).
- The scholarship may be extended to 3.5 years depending on progress.
- The applicant should be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or a self-funded international student.
- Have a first-class Honours degree (or equivalent Master by Research) in physics, chemistry, biophysics, biology, engineering, or a related discipline
- Be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or a self-funded international student
- Be competitive or recently competitive for an APA, with the intent to apply/reapply during the scholarship
- Preferably have research experience involving computation in condensed matter physics/physical chemistry/computational biology techniques
- Possess a strong desire to study biological problems using physical and chemical methods, and a passion for molecular science and modern supercomputing.
Eligible Regions: Australia, Open for all (Self-funded)
- Applicants should contact Professor Toby Allen via [email protected] to discuss eligibility.
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