27 March 2023
Domestic / International
About the research project
The toughest analytical science challenges typically require advanced analytical technologies to acquire the desired solutions. In the field of separation science this inevitably involves hyphenated separation technologies, specifically the combination of chromatography and mass spectrometry.
To advance this technology to its full capability our ARC Training Centre for Hyphenated Analytical Separation Technologies (HyTECH) utilises the collaborative strength of academic, industry and end-user partnerships.
We are seeking outstanding graduates with an interest in solving fundamental and technical challenges in analytical science, with a focus on delivering analytical solutions and impact to technology end-users. HyTECH students will receive a competitive post-graduate stipend, contribute to a program of cutting-edge industry focused research, be supported with a substantial annual program of early career researcher professional development, and over the course of their candidature spend a minimum of twelve months placement within the facilities of one or more of the project’s supporting partner organisations.
This project applies the most advanced ion chromatographic (IC) technology available, hyphenated with the most advanced mass spectrometric detection, both triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry (QQQ-MS) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) to explore the ultra-trace ionic content of ice-core samples for the discovery of new and previously un-mapped markers for climate and industrialisation. This project is enabled by the state-of-the-art analytical systems brought to the project by Thermo Fisher Scientific and provides unique capability to the ice-core projects on-going within the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD). This project will develop the new analytical capability, methods and procedures to support the highly significant ‘Million Year Ice Core’ project underway within the AAD.
Primary SupervisorMeet Prof Brett Paull
Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:
- a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
- a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
- a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)
If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.
As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.
Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.
Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.
Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:
- Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus
The project is competitively assessed and awarded. Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.
Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:
- Advanced laboratory and analytical instrumental skills
- Collaborative and team-player mentality
- Technically skilled in use of advanced instruments
Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:
- Demonstrable research communication skills e.g. research thesis, published papers, conference presentations
- Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
- Contact Prof Brett Paull to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
- In your application:
- Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
- Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
- Apply prior to 27 March 2023.
Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.
Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.
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