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Developing Microfluidic Tools for Intracellular Delivery


$28,092 p.a.

3 years, with the possibility of a 6-month extension.





Outstanding candidates with a background in biomedical engineering, microfluidics, cell biology, cell biophysics or similar are invited to apply for a fully funded PhD scholarship in the Stewart and Warkiani labs, School of Life Science, University of Technology Sydney, to innovate new solutions and study mechanisms of membrane disruption-based intracellular delivery under the supervision of Dr. Martin Stewart and Dr. Majid Warkiani.

During their PhD, candidates will learn and implement a number of important techniques spanning cell biology, cell biophysics, microfluidics and bioengineering to invent new methods for intracellular delivery and characterize their mechanisms at a single cell level. The ultimate aim is to uncover new mechanisms and methods for intracellular delivery to enable biomedical research around the world.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be either permanent Australian residents or New Zealand citizens. To be eligible for this application, you must hold the following or equivalent degree in science of engineering:

  • Honours degree with First Class, or Second Class Division 1, or 
  • MSc Research or MSc Coursework with a research thesis of at least 6 months.

Selection process

  • Be highly motivated and capable of independent work
  • Have a strong team focus
  • Possess excellent communication skills and the ability to work with a diverse range of people and within established collaborative teams 
  • Have knowledge of a research/laboratory environment and requirements 
  • Be computer literate in standard research software
  • Be able to maintain thorough laboratory records
  • Experience with lab techniques such as cell culture, optical microscopy, flow cytometry, electroporation, microfluidics and microfabrication is favoured.

How to apply

Applicants should send their CV, list of publications, and selection criteria to Dr Martin Stewart by the closing date. Shortlisted candidates will be advised with further details.

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Please contact Dr Martin Stewart for further information.

Other information

The University of Technology Sydney is Australia’s Top Young University and ranked within the Top 200 universities worldwide. Its vibrant campus is located in the centre of Sydney, with easy access to all amenities and transport that is ideally suited for PhD student living.

Dr. Stewart is a leading researcher in the topics of cell biophysics, cell mechanics and intracellular delivery with publications in top journals such as Nature. 

Associate Prof. Warkiani is a leading microfluidics researcher with experience in biomedical applications such as circulating tumour cell isolation and has commercialized several microfluidics devices into spin-off companies.