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The University of Technology Sydney PhD Scholarship for Nanothermometry, Australia 2023

Application is now open for the PhD Scholarship for Nanothermometry at the University of Technology Sydney. Interested applicants are encouraged to send their applications in before the deadline date.

About the University of Technology Sydney and Scholarship

In Australia, the oldest continually operating mechanics’ institute, the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, was founded in 1833. The institution grew to include technical instruction in the 1870s and established the Working Men’s College, which was eventually taken over by the NSW government to become the Sydney Technical College.

The NSW Parliament authorized an Act to establish an Institute of Technology in 1940, and as a consequence, the New South Wales Institute of Technology (NSWIT) was established in 1964. 1968 saw the merger of the NSW Institute of Business Studies with the NSW Institute of Technology. In 1976, NSWIT established the state’s first law school that wasn’t affiliated with a university. The Haymarket facility opened its doors for business in 1985.


On October 8, 1987, the NSWIT received university status; afterward, the University of Technology, Sydney Act was approved. The School of Design from the previous Sydney College of the Arts was also included when it was reformed on January 26, 1988, becoming the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). 

The School of Design was once located on a campus in Balmain, however that location closed at the end of 1994, and the school was then relocated to a new structure on the city campus. The environmental, biological, and biomedical science programs were housed on a St. Leonards site, which was shut down in 2006 and moved to the city campus as a result of a redevelopment.

The 2024 QS World University Rankings ranked UTS 90th worldwide and eighth in Australia. UTS is listed as the 133rd-best university in the world and the ninth-best in Australia in the 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UTS came in at number 127 worldwide and number nine in Australia in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings. The university is ranked between places 201 and 300 in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

UTS came in first in Australia and ninth overall in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings for institutions under 50 years old released in 2022. Similar to this, UTS was placed 11th globally and first in Australia in the 2021 QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings among institutions founded less than 50 years ago.

The PhD project will concentrate on surface functionalization, bioconjugation (specific labeling), and evaluating the stability and temperature sensing performance of the new nanothermometers in a physiological environment. It will also investigate the cytotoxicity of the new nanothermometers and use super-resolution imaging techniques to examine organelle interactions and create intracellular heat maps. The candidate will get training in temperature sensing, image processing, super-resolution imaging, analytical chemistry, and cell biology.

Details about PhD Scholarship for Nanothermometry at the University of Technology Sydney:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Scholarship Value: $32,500 per year (RTP Stipend rate, indexed annually).

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: PhD

Host Institution(s): University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Eligibility Criteria for PhD Scholarship for Nanothermometry

Candidates are advised to meet the following requirements to be qualified for the PhD Scholarship for Nanothermometry at the University of Technology Sydney:

  • MSc Research or MSc Coursework with a minimum 6-month-long research thesis.
  • Australian or New Zealand nationals who live there permanently.

Selection Procedure

  • Completed a master’s degree (MSc or similar) program in biology, chemistry, physics, material science, biochemistry, nanotechnology, or a related field.
  • Experience in nanothermometry, microscopic imaging, single-cell investigation, and (bio)conjugation is strongly preferred.

Application Process for PhD Scholarship for Nanothermometry at the University of Technology Sydney

Before the deadline, candidates should provide A/Prof Jiajia Zhou with their curriculum vitae, list of publications, and selection criteria. Details about the shortlisted candidates will be communicated to them. To learn more, get in touch with A/Prof Jiajia Zhou.

The Application Deadline is: 01 November 2023

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