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Development of Biosensors for Medical and Agricultural Purposes


The annual stipend for 2018 is $27,082 (currently tax-free) for full-time study mode;3 years. The rate is indexed annually.

3 years with a possible 6 month extension.





Working with Prof Stella Valenzuela (UTS) and her commercial partner, Adj Prof Bruce Cornell (SDx Surgical Diagnostics Pty Ltd), the project is aimed at creating novel biosensors for detection of analytes for medical or agricultural purposes.

The project will suit students with a background in either biochemistry or molecular biology, with an interest in multidisciplinary bionanotechnology research. As part of your PhD work, you will receive training in electrical impedance spectroscopy techniques. Your research will be in the Life Science Laboratories at the UTS Ultimo Campus, right in the heart of Sydney. There will also be opportunities to work directly with the commercial partner at their headquarters in Roseville and potentially in a clinical setting.

This project is supported by the Australia Research Council funded IDEAL Hub.

Who is eligible?

Domestic applicants who have completed either:

  • MSc Research, or
  • MSc Coursework with more than 6 months research, or
  • Honours First Class or Second Class Div 1.

Skills in molecular biology and / or biochemistry are highly desirable.

How to apply

Please send your expression of interest to Prof Stella Valenzuela


  • Cover letter addressing your suitability and interest in the project.
  • Resume
  • Academic transcript
  • Publication listing with web links.

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Prof Stella Valenzuela