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  • 08 Sep 2021 9:12 AM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    We’re looking to hire someone with a background in the realms of colloids/wetting/soft matter no experience in food science necessary so someone from the ACIS community would be ideal.

    Fonterra’s R&D center is located in Palmerston North has about 300 staff members (~50% have PhDs) and is about 2 hours drive from Wellington.

    For more information please see the following link:

  • 26 Jul 2021 10:13 AM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    A fully funded PhD scholarship in Chemistry is available for research into formulating and characterising reconfigurable Pickering emulsions. Pickering emulsions are metastable dispersions of immiscible liquids stabilized by nanoparticles. This project will build on recent progress we made in fusing particle-coated droplets of different, immiscible oils together into multiphase drops ( Our aim is to investigate how to manipulate the configurations of these complex emulsions and how to control encapsulation of ingredients within fused emulsions. This is an exciting opportunity to make real breakthroughs using microscopy, scattering and rheology techniques to probe the structure and function of these new materials.

    This PhD project is part of a newly funded MacDiarmid Institute research programme on ‘Reconfigurable Systems - Towards Zero Waste’ . The successful candidate will join the School of Fundamental Sciences on the Palmerston North campus of Massey University in New Zealand.


    You will have a B.Sc. Honours or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, materials science or similar. Knowledge and experience in colloidal and surface chemistry techniques will be an advantage. We are seeking a highly motivated person with an excellent academic record, and able to work well in a team. You should satisfy the requirements for admission as a PhD candidate at Massey University.

    Due to Covid19 travel restrictions, we are currently only accepting applicants who are NZ or Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents.

    Please check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand: and

    Total value and tenure of scholarship

    NZD$30,000 per annum (not taxed) and includes all student fees for three (3) years.

    How to apply

    To apply, please send a copy of your CV and academic transcripts, and the names and contact details of two referees to: Associate Professor Catherine Whitby ( with “Reconfigurable Pickering Emulsions” in the subject line.

  • 28 Jun 2021 9:36 AM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    A position for a postdoc in the Dagastine group at The University of Melbourne, for initially a year, but funding for up to 3 years on our ARC linkage project focused on product formulation in personal care products is available. The position focuses on using colloid science to develop structure-function correlations with polymer-surfactant formulations related to hair care with a need to move to materials sourced from more sustainable feedstocks.  

    We're using a combination of colloidal science measurements, some atomic force microscopy and novel microfluidic platforms we have developed in my group for high throughput measurement of  quantities including emulsions drops interactions as well as rheology of concentrated surfactant and/or polymer mixtures.  It's a chance to have a real impact with an industrial partner in an ongoing project.  It presents the opportunity to work with industry as well as time onsite, if there is interest, and in an exciting intellectual environment collaborating with other groups on the project working across three universities.

    About the role:

    In this role you will join a team responsible for developing the next evolution in soft matter research in structure function relationships for formulations in personal care product.

    Supported through an Australian Research Council Linkage grant, working closely with an industry partner and researchers from two other major Australian Universities, this project endeavors to provide the underpinning colloid and interface science and novel methods which will drive formulations to more sustainable feedstocks.

    The entire sector needs to understand the synergistic interactions in these multicomponent mixites with high surfactant concentrations, polymer-surfactant complexes, and emulsions, without the benefit of the last 50 years of formulation experience used in current formulations.

    You will undertake research in the areas of soft matter interfaces, microfluidic flows, and the structure-function relationships in personal care product formulations. The position will be involved in measuring the rheology of surfactant and polymer mixtures as well as the interactions between droplets as a function of emulsifiers and surface-active additives through novel colloidal characterization methods and the development and operation of unique, scalable microfluidic platforms. The experimental approach will develop the underpinning fundamental science to link the interfacial and solution microstructure to the rheology and drop interaction behavior probed via high throughput measurement approaches using these microfluidic platforms.

    For a further details (including full position description) and to apply please follow the link below:

    Applications close 8th July 2021

  • 18 Jun 2021 11:58 AM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    Light Scattering Techniques for Characterising Blood Platelets In Solution

    Human platelets are one of the key cell types found in whole blood. They have a primary role of halting blood flow, where they are essential to maintain the integrity of the vascular system. Blood services globally face logistic challenges due to the short shelf life: the daily demand is unpredictable, so balancing an adequate inventory without incurring excessive wastage is problematic. In 2018, ~ 150,000 units of platelets were supplied to hospitals in Australia, and approximately 9% (13,000) were not transfused due to expiry, with an estimated cost of $7.5 million. Methods for safe long-term storage could prevent large amounts of wastage and save millions of dollars per annum. When stored in the cold or cryopreserved, platelets change morphology from their resting discoid shape to a more spherical form, accompanied an increase in microparticle formation along with a range of biochemical changes. This project will develop new methods for the characterization of the platelet’s morphology and their associated microparticles using light scattering techniques and use this knowledge to develop improved long-term storage strategies for platelets. The experimental program will involve several related techniques: 1) Combined Static and Dynamic Light Scattering (MDLS). DLS is a standard technique. However, very few labs have the expertise to conduct combined multi-angle Static and Dynamic Light Scattering. CI Bryant is a world leader in the application of such techniques, from early work on MDLS for the extraction of particle size distributions, to the accurate characterization of nanoparticle shape and conformation. 2) Small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Small angle X-ray scattering is a powerful technique for determining the shape of particles in solution. CI Bryant has been investigating biological problems using SAXS and related techniques such as small angle neutron scattering (SANS), for his whole career, including understanding the interactions between proteins and membranes and for characterizing complex particles in solution. The PhD student will work in collaboration with a research fellow who will handle the biology and platelet preparation. The PhD student should have a good Honours degree or equivalent in Physics, Physical Chemistry, Applied Maths or Engineering.

    Other information

    • Stipend: $31,000 per annum (pro rata), for 3 years with possible extension to 3.5 years.
      Opening date: 24/02/2021
      Closing date: 30/04/2021
      Eligibility: Good Honours or Masters degree in Physics, Biophysics, Physical Chemistry or related fields.
      Suitably qualified International students who are currently residing in Australia may be eligible for a fee scholarship.

     How to apply

     Please submit the following documents to the email below:
    • A cover letter (research statement)
    • A copy of electronic academic transcripts
    • A CV that includes any publications/awards and the contact details of 2 referees.

     Contact Details: To discuss this project further and details on how to apply please contact:  Prof Gary Bryant (

  • 26 May 2021 5:02 PM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    The PhD project will specifically look to further our fundamental understanding of interfacial films used to stabilise emulsions, themselves precursors for microcapsules. These interfacial films will initially be made from a combination of inorganic nanoparticles and polymers and we will study the adsorption of the nanoparticles and polymers at interfaces and the subsequent formation of the interfacial films. We will also study the properties of the films at the interface, including their elasticity, their adsorption strength and their rheological properties. We will then use this knowledge to develop improved interfacial films and to use them for stabilising emulsions.

    For more information please follow this link:

  • 18 May 2021 2:15 PM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    We are looking for a PhD student with a background in physical chemistry, or a related subject, to build on our understanding of the delivery of drugs by self-assembled polymeric nanoparticles.  With exquisite control over particle morphology and surface chemistry, through well controlled polymerization and self-assembly of block co-polymers, it is possible to tailor the delivery of drugs to cells.  Small angle scattering has proven an indispensable tool in our understanding of structure of these nanoparticles and how they make drugs available to cells.  The student will be enrolled, and largely based, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia, within the group of Professor Martina Stenzel.  The project is highly international and will also involve time in Germany. The project is a collaboration with Dr Christopher Garvey at the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum & the Technische Universität München in Garching Germany and will involve the use of small angle scattering facilities both in Germany and in Australia.  Please email for further details.

  • 11 Dec 2020 1:36 PM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    Prof Rob Atkin (University of Western Australia), A/Prof Debbie Silvester-Dean (Curtin University) and Prof Greg Warr (University of Sydney) are seeking expressions of interest for one postdoctoral position (UWA) and 2 PhD positions (Curtin, Sydney) to work on a ARC Discovery project focused on the Nanoscale Dynamics and Structure of Surface Active Ionic Liquids (SAILs) at Electrodes. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with Prof Margarida Costa-Gomes (CNRS and ENS Lyon, France) and Prof Agilio Padua (ENS Lyon, France).

    This project will produce new, high performance, surface active ionic liquids. Surface active ionic liquids are pure salts in which one of the ions is based on a surfactant molecule. Surface active ionic liquids are much more effective than conventional electrolytes for some applications, but only at elevated temperature; at low temperature, ion dynamics are too slow. We will use cutting edge techniques to probe ion dynamics in surface active ionic liquids in the bulk and at electrode surfaces, and use this to elucidate rules for the rational design of new surface active ionic liquids with fast dynamics at low temperature, towards their use at room temperature in diverse areas; this project will target capacitors and gas sensors.

    The successful applicants will be expected to start work in 2021. Due to covid restrictions, this means the positions are likely only possible for Australian based applicants, or Australian residents overseas able to return to Australia.

    Expressions of interest should include a CV and cover letter and be directed to:

    ·         Rob Atkin ( for the 2 year postdoctoral position at UWA. The project will use the Asylum Cypher Video Rate Atomic Force Microscope to undertake real time studies of the kinetics and mechanisms of dynamic IL processes at the nanoscale. Experience with the use of atomic force microscopy, ionic liquids or with processes at solid/liquid interfaces would be advantageous for this project.

    ·         Debbie Silvester-Dean ( for the PhD project at Curtin University, which will use cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to directly investigate how changing the chemical structure, composition and temperature of surface active ionic liquids affects their performance for charge storage by measuring capacitance over a wide range of potential and time domains.

    ·         Gregory Warr ( for the PhD project at University of Sydney, which will use a suite of X-ray and neutron scattering techniques to probe the structure-dynamics relationship in surface active ionic liquid based systems, overlapping with and extending the dynamic range beyond that directly available via video-rate Atomic Force Microscopy.

  • 08 Dec 2020 2:46 PM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    Two PhD positions are available at UniSA within the new ARC Training Centre (one on the particle sensing & sizing, the other one on the flotation reagents sensing).

    The ideal candidate should have an Honours/MSc degree in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering or materials science.

    Expressions of interest should include a CV and be directed to and

    PhD scholarship value is $32,788/annum.

  • 04 Dec 2020 1:31 PM | Christine Browne (Administrator)

    We’re looking for a postdoc to work on an industry funded project looking at lipid structure in pharmaceutical formulations for one year. PhD in chemistry or related field, experience with soft matter, light and X-ray scattering techniques are essential, cell culture experience and electron microscopy experience are preferred. The project will be carried out in the Self-Assembled Systems group at the University of Newcastle in collaboration with Dr Livia Salvati Manni at University of Sydney.

    Send your CV and cover letter to Dr Khay Fong via email

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