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The rigidity of cells and tissue is an important property that defines structure, guides cell fates, and influences respiration. It is currently difficult to measure stiffness within live samples at high resolution. Brillouin microscopy is an emerging technology that can characterize the 3D rigidity in otherwise inaccessible regions, including the interior of cells or within the lens of eyes. However the technique is slow, which makes it difficult to apply in most experiments. We are currently developing new methods for Brillouin microscopy that aim to improve the speed and precision. This project involves developing new methods, and implementing them in cellular biomechanics experiments.
We are looking for a highly motivated student to develop the Brillouin microscopy technology and translate it into biomechanics research. Specifically, this project aims to
This is an interdisciplinary research project and the successful applicants should be prepared to work across disciplines with people from different backgrounds. The project is led primarily by Dr Michael Taylor and in collaboration with Prof. Alan Rowan.
Students will be supported to present their outcomes at meetings and conferences to enhance their knowledge, receive wider feedback and network in the fields of optics and biomechanics. This innovative project, developing novel techniques for biomechanical imaging, is an emerging area of research, together with current studies is expected to rapidly generate high impact publications.
Expressions of interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic Australian and international graduates with a First-Class Honours, or equivalent qualifications through a relevant Masters degree. Candidates will have a background inphysics, biophysics, or engineering. Experience and interest in optics, data processing, or biomechanics is an advantage.
Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, including English language requirements, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. Demonstration of research ability through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is desirable.
For further information on the Basis of Admission to a UQ research higher degree, please visit . Successful applicants must accept and commence within 6 months of receiving an award.
Prospective students will be provided with assistance to apply for a scholarship. Domestic students will be expected to apply for an APA or equivalent scholarship, while international students will be expected to apply for UQ scholarships for international students for stipend and tuition support.
The 2019 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$27,596 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply). For further information on this scholarship refer to: https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/scholarship/uq-phd-scholarships-support-category-1-project-grants.
Applicants should contact Dr Michael Taylor (m. taylor from sbs. uq. edu. au) to discuss the project and their interest in it.
For instructions on how to apply, please refer to: http://bit.ly/2E0Oxdw