Research opportunities

PhD students and postdoctoral positions will be based in the Polymer Science Group Facilities in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus.

Postgraduate students

PhD opportunity: Amphiphilic/ambiguous surfaces via controlled and/or surface-initiated polymerizations

Amphiphilic surfaces (containing both hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties) have been proposed for applications such as antifouling, ice adhesion reducing coatings, anti-fogging, and easy-clean surfaces. This project will investigate the design, formation and structure-property relationships of surface-initiated or surface-confined coatings made via controlled polymerization techniques (such as atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT), ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) or catalyst induced cross-linking (CIC)). These techniques can be used to vary and control the chemical moieties on the surface, and also to introduce topography or surface patterning which can influence the properties and performance of the surfaces. Structure/property investigations will probe the effect of molecular weight, reactant ratios, functional group, and cross-linking density on properties and performance of the surfaces.

This is a collaborative project with CSIRO with potential applications in automotive and aircraft industry. CSIRO top-up scholarship is possible depending on the candidate. You should have a degree (Honours or Masters equivalent) in chemistry or chemical engineering.

Information for PhD candidates

The Polymer Science Group has a number of PhD scholarships available for highly motivated, high calibre Australian and International postgraduate students.

Applications are sought with degrees in chemical engineering, chemistry, polymer chemistry, biomolecular engineering, materials science or related fields.

Please contact Prof Greg Qiao, , with your CV, academic transcript and research interests.

Additional information regarding the PhD application process and scholarships can be found on the University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering website:

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering)

Postdoctoral fellows

Postdoctoral positions will be focused on the key research areas of functional polymeric materials, controlled polymerisation and polymer based biomaterials. Potential high-calibre applicants are encouraged to email their CV and research interests to Prof Greg Qiao, .

Prospective postdoctoral fellows should consider applying for various suitable fellowships including those listed below:

Residents Fellowship
All Discovery Early Career Research Award  (DECRA)
EU Marie Curie Fellowship
Japanese JSPS Fellowship
UK Royal Society Fellows
USA NSF Fellowships