Microbiology sensor - microfluidics

Automated Sensors for a 'wetland in a box' - microfluidics for microbial detection

Degree type


Closing date

1 February 2024



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

Globally, and particularly in Australia, water supply and water pollution is one of the most critical constraints to ourhealth and growth. This project seeks to validate a new portable remediation system suitable for deployment atregional locations through the integration and development of advanced sensors. We aim to develop the world's first completely integrated platform for monitoring both water chemistry and microbiology to provide near-real-time information regarding the quality of the remediated water. We expect this to improve the availability of regional water resources by providing a low-cost remediation solution with integrated monitoring to provide assurances of meeting the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling (2006). This HDR project will form part of a team to complete this goal and will focus on developing suitable microfluidics microbial detection.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Michael Breadmore


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 $32,192 per annum (2024 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.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


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

Selection Criteria

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:

  • Appropriate degree and/or equivalent experience in analytical chemistry and/or microbiology

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience and/or knowledge of microfluidics and/or microengineering
  • Experience in instrumental design and construction
  • Experience in electronics and programming

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Prof Michael Breadmore to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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.
  4. Apply prior to 1 February 2024.

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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