We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated new team members who enjoy science and are excited about new challenges. Interested students in the field of chemistry, chemical engineering, biomedicinal chemistry, material science (and neighboring fields) who would like to join the WichLab in Australia as PhD students are welcome to send their applications via email, the contact form on our website or drop by Peter’s office.
Location: University of New South Wales, Sydney (Australia), School of Chemical Engineering – WichLab.com
Starting Date: 2018 / 2019
Duration: 3–3.5 years
Title: Biopolymer-based Nanomaterials for Applications in Drug Delivery and Catalysis
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Nature’s polymers, such as polysaccharides and proteins show a remarkable versatility as multifunctional materials. They can be easily modified with the toolkit of bioorganic chemistry and are particularly attractive because of their degradability and biocompatibility. Since they are structurally well-defined biopolymers they can be used for the formation of multifunctional nanomaterials, for example for the delivery of therapeutic drugs or being part of advanced molecular machines. The open PhD projects will focus on the preparation of biopolymer-based nanomaterials using various chemistry and nano/biotechnological approaches.
Key techniques (projects can be adjusted based on interest and experience): organic chemistry, biochemistry, bioconjugation methods, nanoparticle preparation, bio assays, cell culture
The successful candidate will work in a highly interdisciplinary and world-leading research environment and will be a member of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) and the Australian Center for NanoMedicine (ACN). The PhD degree at UNSW is a 3–3.5 year research-intensive course (no requirement to teach lab courses for undergraduate students). Research will primarily be based at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. However, International research stays and conference visits are encouraged and will be supported during the PhD time. PhD students are supported by scholarships that cover living expenses and waive tuition fees.
Contact us / Application:
Interested candidates are encouraged to send us the following documents via email or the contact form:
1. A short but clear write-up stating what your interests are and why would you be a good fit for our group (max. 1 page)
2. CV containing education, internships, projects/research experience, publications, additional skills and experience
3. Academic transcripts (Universitäts-Zeugnisse bzw. Verlaufsbescheinigungen) + additional certificates and records
4. Contact details of potential references (previous mentors/professors). We will only contact them after asking you.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us in advance in case of open questions.
We are looking forward to your application!