Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

What you'll receive

We are seeking a full time, highly motivated PhD candidate to perform cutting edge research in the atmospheric sciences. As the successful applicant you will be working under the direct supervision of Dr Graham Johnson in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. During the course of your PhD candidature you will drive research to significantly extend our current scientific knowledge and produce high-quality peer reviewed publications.

You can expect to travel to national and/or international conferences during the course of your candidature.

The successful applicant will receive a scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually of $28,597 per annum for a period of three years, with a possible 6 month extension, subject to satisfactory progress.

International students will also receive either:

  • an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) fees offset (International)0
  • a QUT research degree (HDR) tuition fee scholarship.

As the scholarship recipient, you will have the opportunity to work with a team of leading researchers, to undertake your own innovative research in and across the field atmospheric science.


As we are seeking to recruit a student as soon as possible, consideration will be given to an applicant's ability to be on-shore prior to July 2021, taking into account Australia's current COVID-19 border restrictions.

To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.

You must also have:

  • an English language IELTS level of 6.5 of higher, with a minimum of 6.5 in written English
  • recently completed a Bachelor of Science Engineering or similar degree, preferably majoring in experimental physics, chemistry, earth science, materials science
  • first class honours or equivalent
  • a strong interest in experimental work
  • an interest in multidisciplinary experimental research.

It would be desirable for applicants to also demonstrate experience with coding using MATLAB, R or another suitable platform.

How to apply

Interested applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for consideration prior to applying for this scholarship, as per QUT's how to apply website.

The EOI must indicate that you are applying for this scholarship, and must have Dr Graham Johnson listed as your proposed principal supervisor.

What happens next?

We are seeking to recruit as soon as possible, however the scholarship will remain open until the successful applicant is identified.

For more information about the scholarship or application process please contact Dr Graham Johnson

About the scholarship

This scholarship is funded by QUT, and this PhD project will be integral to the project team’s investigation of glassy state aerosols, as funded by ARC Discovery grant DP210103284. This Discovery grant, commencing in 2021, aims to improve our understanding of the role played by airborne particles in global climate, pollution and the transmission of influenza, corona virus and the common cold. It will do so by revealing the wider importance of "glassy states" of matter recently revealed in atmospheric aerosols. Glassy states are highly unpredictable quasi solids that abruptly form, interrupting the transition of a liquid to a solid. This interruption invalidates equilibrium assumptions of models of droplets as cloud nuclei and infection vectors.

You will work with the team to ultimately develop and validate a numerical tool for predicting glassy state formation and its impact in broad classes of aerosol that include particles critical to cloud formation and infection transmission.

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