Collaborative research opportunities at Griffith University open doors to greater innovation and discovery for our higher degree researchers, who are ready to think globally and discover new world solutions.

At Griffith, we undertake significant, socially relevant research with partners from across and beyond the University. This means you'll gain all the advantages of studying at a research-intensive university that fosters industry, community, government, national and international research collaborations—offering you a unique university experience. Griffith researchers are well connected and collaborative, with over 5,000 national partners and over 200 international research agreements.

From what could be the world’s first malaria vaccine—now at human trial stage—to the first photo of a single atom’s shadow, Griffith researchers are at the forefront of discovery. Analysis of Excellence in Research for Australia 2018 found 99% of our research outputs were returned in disciplines rated at world standard or above. Working in our world-class research centres, institutes and schools, our researchers are driven to better understand our world and improve people’s lives. With research expertise spanning everything from violence prevention to lowering the cost of health care to using quantum physics for cybersecurity to protecting our fragile coastlines, Griffith researchers are tackling some of the big questions of the day.

Explore multidisciplinary collaborations with researchers across our 30+ research centres and institutes, exploring extensive varied discipline areas. Learn from more than 1,700 experts across a broad range of disciplines who will help you pursue your research interests. We're building research and teaching infrastructure based on areas of strategic priority. With $320 million being invested in campus developments over the next five years, you'll benefit from world-class research and teaching facilities.

Research Areas

From what could be the world’s first malaria vaccine - now at human trial stage - to the first photo of a single atom’s shadow, Griffith researchers are at the forefront of discovery. Working in our world-class research centres, institutes and schools, our researchers are driven to better understand our world and improve people’s lives. Our research strengths span a broad spectrum of areas, from chronic diseases to criminology and Asian politics to the arts.

  • Water science
  • Drug discovery and infectious diseases
  • Asian politics, security and development
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Criminology and crime prevention
  • Music, the Arts and the Asia Pacific
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Health and chronic diseases
  • Physical sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Nursing
  • Education

Funding

  • The GOstralia! Research Centre in cooperation with Griffith University award exclusive PhD full tution fee scholarships open to all faculties. More information
  • More funding information and application deadline available here.
  • Prospective students can apply for scholarships for research study, or competitive grants as a professional researcher. More information

Testimonials

"It was always my dream to study both Psychology and Criminology. In my own country [Germany], there was only one university offering this degree. So, when I started to search for universities, Griffith immediately stood out as the School of Criminology is internationally recognised and in the top 5%. This was the reason I applied to Griffith initially, but I chose Griffith because there was simply no other university that made me feel so welcome and appreciated as Griffith did from the very first moment of contact."

Natalja Nabinger de Diaz, PhD Candidate, School of Applied Psychology

"I just wanted to keep following the thread and see where it leads me. I've had opportunities to meet and learn from so many amazing people who are experts in their fields, both from within the Institute and outside through collaborations. Most of all though, it's the students and supervisors who have made my experience so great. This is a wonderful place to do your postgraduate degree. I would recommend it to anybody who is planning on pursuing their Higher Degree by Research, especially if you are interested in the chemistry behind drug discovery.”
Maria Addellyn Kasherman, PhD Candidate, Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD)

Research Projects

GU Projects

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University:Griffith University
Faculty:Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC)
Project Start Date:26.04.2022
Application Deadline:18.02.2022
Supervisor Name:Emeritus Professor Rodger Tomlinson, Email: r.tomlison@griffith.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):Gold Coast Campus
Project Description:

We are currently looking for a PhD candidate to undertake a PhD research project on Cross-shelf wave transformations in the presence of coastal boundary currents. Any consideration of coastal wave impacts on infrastructure or coastal processes needs to propagate deep water wave conditions ashore. The coasts of southeast Queensland are exposed to a wide variety of wave generating sources with some waves generated relatively close to the coast while others propagate from far offshore. While the strongest effects of currents on wave propagation are usually seen near tidal entrances the impact of strong currents on wave propagation at sea has been rarely studied.

Spectral wave models are commonly applied for wave climate studies and typically assume a static distribution of energy and frequency however these models do not effectively take into account the effect of currents on the wave spectrum. Theoretical models of wave-current interaction also tend to underestimate the change in spectral shape in the presence of currents. The candidate will be expected to review the literature concerning wave-current interactions and apply and test numerical physical process-based models with a focus on their ability to accurately incorporate wave-current interactions. In-situ data from a suite of wave and current monitoring sites in SE Queensland will be made available for detailed analysis of wave transformation under the influence of the East Australian Current. Some field work at sea may be required.

The project will be undertaken in collaboration with members of several agencies and partners including the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES).

The Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC) is a research centre based on the Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University. The Centre provides research expertise, industry influence and sustainable management practice throughout Australasia and the Pacific region. The Centre has developed a national and international reputation for undertaking targeted research that contributes to all aspects of sustainable management of coastal regions, particularly for urban environments. A major focus is on research of relevance to local authorities and the Centre delivers a core program of research in collaboration with the City of Gold Coast. The CMRC’s research highlights the importance of integration of coastal specialists, government, academia and industry professionals across engineering, environmental science, humanities, information technology, tourism, community engagement and planning.

Funding Information:

Research Infrastructure Collaboration Fund (RICF) Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) Deep Water Waves: Cross-shelf wave transformations in the presence of coastal boundary currents.

The scholarship has an annual stipend of $30,000 for a period of up to three and a half years of full-time study.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

Special Requirements:

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be self-motivated and willing to learn.

Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and onshore international applicants and international applicants willing to apply for a travel exemption to commence the program onshore. If you are an international applicant who is currently offshore please consider the viability of applying for a travel exemption including associated quarantine and travel costs before submitting an expression of interest. Please see the FAQs web page for requirements for offshore international applicants.

Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours, (upper 2nd Class Honours may be considered), or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Policy, in Engineering, Physical Oceanography or Applied Mathematics. A background in physical oceanography or coastal engineering with a focus on wave mechanics, numerical modelling, applied mathematics or similar is desired and proficiency or knowledge of relevant computer programming languages will be an advantage. As field work may be required, a coxswain certificate would be desirable. For further information on the eligibility requirements for the program refer here.

Additional Information:

All expressions of interest must be submitted to r.tomlison@griffith.edu.au containing:

Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
Evidence that you have completed a program with the required grades as detailed in the scholarship eligibility criteria A curriculum vitae (CV)
Research proposal
Names of two referees
The closing date for expressions of interest is 11:59pm on 18 February 2022. Shortlisted applicant details may be shared with the sponsors.

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University:Griffith University
Faculty:Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) and Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR)
Project Start Date:01.09.2022
Application Deadline:30.06.2022
Supervisor Name:Dr Andrea Jalandoni, Email: a.jalandoni@griffith.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):Brisbane/Nathan campus
Project Description:

We are currently looking for a PhD candidate to date several key archaeological sites in the Philippines.

The primary focus of this role is to apply and develop new sampling and dating techniques on the Holocene record of human arrival on the islands. Archaeological research in Southeast Asia is a focus of ARCHE and there is a need to develop a better understanding of history of land-use in the Philippines.

The Philippines was settled by Negritoes and were joined by Austronesians around 4000 years ago. The cultural landscape of the Philippines is the product of this early development as well as exchanges and later arrivals by sea with peoples from surrounding region. The chronology of much of this history is not well documented, and many archaeological sites potentially may be dated using state-of-the-art techniques. Monuments that may be targeted for dating possibly include burial cairns and the development of stone-edged rice terraces. Techniques include radiocarbon, optically stimulated luminescence, and radionuclides. Training in aspects of dating methods will be provided as part of the student’s postgraduate study. Success in this role requires collaboration with local stakeholders, Indigenous peoples, scientists and archaeologists in the Philippines.

This project will be undertaken through the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) with cross supervision from the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR). ARCHE is a world leader in research and education on all aspects of human evolutionary studies. We provide a dynamic and cooperative research environment that seeks to understand how humans and their societies across the globe evolved over time. We emphasise the study of the biological and cultural evolution of humans and our place in the natural world, with a growing focus on Indigenous peoples of Australia, Asia, and the Pacific. Dr Justine Kemp is an earth scientist who works on modern and past landscape processes, environmental change and human-landscape interactions in deep time. She also manages the optical and radionuclide dating facility at Griffith University.. Dr Andrea Jalandoni is based in GCSCR and is an affiliate member of ARCHE. She has been working on the archaeology of the Philippines for nearly 20 years and is leading the archaeological aspects of this project.

Funding Information

The 2022 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,854 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

Special Requirements

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be able to combine laboratory and/or field studies with advanced analytical skills.

Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and international applicants.
Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Policy. For further information on the eligibility requirements for the program refer here.
You will have evidence of a passion for remote landscapes, archaeology, and cultural history, and be keen to undertake research in multidisciplinary teams.
Candidates identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or Filipinos are particularly encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

All expressions of interest must be submitted to Dr Andrea Jalandoni a.jalandoni@griffith.edu.au and Dr Justine Kemp j.kemp@griffith.edu.au containing:

Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
Evidence that you have completed a program with the required grades as detailed in the about you section.
A curriculum vitae (CV)
Research proposal
Names of two referees
The closing date for expressions of interest is: 30 June 2022.

The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply on-line.

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University:Griffith University
Faculty:Environmental Biogeochemistry Research Lab, School of Environment and Science and Australian Rivers Institute
Project Start Date:01.03.2022
Application Deadline:25.02.2022
Supervisor Name:

Associate Professor Michael Simmonds, Email: m.simmonds@griffith.edu.au

Location (City/Campus):Gold Coast Campus
Project Description:

The Mechanobiology Research Laboratory employs experimental approaches to furthering understanding of the intracellular processes that occur when biological cells are exposed to physical forces – like when blood passes through very narrow capillaries. We have acquired and built infrastructure unique in the Australian context. Our team draws together experts in cell biology, blood rheology, mechanical engineering, medicine, and biophysics, with pathways for post-doctoral research in-house. Our collaborations are international, and we partner with international medical device developers, providing excellent opportunities for partnerships and further training. We are based principally at the Gold Coast campus.

We are currently looking for a PhD candidate to join our interdisciplinary team to further uncover the secrets of blood mechanotransduction. Our team studies how blood is affected by physiological forces, and also those much larger forces within medical devices. Our techniques are highly innovative, and incorporate optical physics, biochemistry and molecular probes, and blood rheology. The primary focus of this role will contribute to elucidating the manner in which blood cells dynamically alter their physical properties via internal signalling processes. Success in this role requires: i) extensive collaborative spirit, as evidenced through working with medical professionals, engineers, biophysicists, and biochemists; and ii) tenacity and an independent drive to contribute to science.

Funding Information:

The 2022 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,854 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

Special Requirements:

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be able to work with biological specimens in a mixed technology-web laboratory environment. You will have evidence of a passion for discovery and innovation, with a strong desire to undertake research in human mechanobiology.

Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a substantial research component of a standard comparable to a Bachelor honours degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g., science; biomedical science; engineering). Hands-on experience with laboratory projects is essential, and experiences outside of university including, for example, electronics, programming, or high-level sport/music is highly desirable

If you are an international applicant who is not currently based in Australia or New Zealand and travel restrictions impact your ability to commence a research project on campus, you will be required to demonstrate the feasibility of commencing your research project in your home country in order to be considered for scholarship. Please see the Applications for Scholarship FAQ – Statement of feasibility to commence off-shore (https://www.griffith.edu.au/research-study/faqs).

Additional Information:

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) to m.simmonds@griffith.edu.au containing:

Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
Evidence that you have completed a Bachelor Degree with Class 1 Honours or will be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Policy
A brief CV
Research proposal
Two references
The closing date for EoIs is 11.59pm Friday 25 February 2022

The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply on-line.

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University:Griffith University
Faculty:Griffith Sciences - Environmental Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering Research Lab
Project Start Date:01.03.2022
Application Deadline:31.01.2022
Supervisor Name:Associate Professor Prasad Kaparaju, Email: p.kaparaju@griffith.edu.au
Contact Person for Project Details:Associate Professor Prasad Kaparaju, Email: p.kaparaju@griffith.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):Brisbane/Nathan Campus
Project Description:

Griffith University is a comprehensive research-intensive institution, ranking in the top 2% of universities worldwide, with over 50,000 students. The University has a long-established reputation for research excellence in the waste management and environmental engineering. Much of this research is undertaken within Assoc. Prof Prasad Kaparaju’s Environmental Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering Research Lab, the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

This PhD project will be based on Nathan Campus, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland. Field trials will be carried out in Bundaberg, Queensland.

We are currently looking for a PhD candidate to work on Ian Potter Foundation (IPF) funded project - Development of sustainable biofertilisers’ applications to combat eutrophication. The project will undertake lab-scale and field studies on production, processing, and utilisation of digestate derived from anaerobic digestion of industrial wastewaters and organic wastes to produce an enhanced, practical and usable biofertiliser. New products from the digestate will be developed to ensure it meets the requirements of modern farm equipment and the nutritional needs of the crops and improve soil health.

The development of a value-add product from digestate will open the market for anaerobic digestion, helping to significantly reduce the amount of organic waste and other organic waste being sent to landfill and also improve resource use efficiency. Both farmers and the agroindustry will realise tangible benefits through reduced reliance on mineral fertilisers and the reduced cost of disposal, while at the same time improving the economic returns from anerobic digestion.

This project will reduce the inorganic fertiliser requirement and reduce the nutrient leaching, increase the uptake of biofertilisers through significantly improving the quality of the material through appropriate product design and utilisation of processing equipment.

Funding Information:

The 2022 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,854 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

Special Requirements:

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be able to develop the research framework in the optimisation of anaerobic digestion process in pilot-scale biogas reactor to produce and process anaerobic digestate, to conduct the lab-scale phytotoxicity studies of digestate, field work including setting up the agronomic field trials, field measurement and monitoring, and carry out the lab physico-chemical and biochemical and microbiological analyses. You are expected to have strong education and research background in environmental engineering, environmental biotechnology, chemical engineering or environmental microbiology. You will have evidence of a passion for environmental change research, with a strong desire to protect Great Barrier Reef by mitigating nutrient leaching from agriculture.

Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and onshore international applicants.

Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Policy.

Additional Information:

All expressions of interest must be submitted to p.kaparaju@griffith.edu.au containing:

Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
Evidence that you have completed a program with the required grades as detailed in the about you section
A curriculum vitae (CV)
Research proposal
Names of two referees
The closing date for expressions of interest is: 11:59 pm on 31/1/2022.

The preferred applicant will then be invited to apply on-line.

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | GU Projects
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University:Griffith University
Faculty:Griffith Criminology Institute
Project Start Date:01.02.2022
Application Deadline:31.01.2022
Supervisor Name:Dr Stacy Tzoumakis
Location (City/Campus):Gold Coast Campus
Project Description:

The Griffith Criminology Institute (GCI) is one of the largest, most vibrant, and high-performing criminology communities in the world. GCI researchers produce cutting-edge research helping to create safe, well-governed and equitable societies. The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is the top-ranked university for Criminology and Law in Australia in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020. Griffith was one of only two universities in Australia to be awarded a rating of "well above world standard" in criminology research.

We are currently recruiting a PhD candidate to undertake research on gender-specific risk and protective factors associated with criminal victimisation and offending. The primary focus of this role will be to understand how early family, individual, and school factors can be targeted to prevent victimisation and offending among vulnerable male and female young people, with a particular focus on young people involved with child protective services. Success in this role requires the quantitative analysis of data drawn from a large multi-agency, intergenerational record linkage study of an Australian population cohort. This project will involve collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers.

Funding InformationThe 2021 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,597 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

RTP scholarships are available to domestic and overseas students enrolled in an accredited HDR course at an Australian HEP. More information
Special Requirements

Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and onshore international applicants and international applicants willing to apply for a travel exemption to commence the program onshore. If you are an international applicant who is currently offshore please consider the viability of applying for a travel exemption including associated quarantine and travel costs before submitting an expression of interest. Please see the FAQs web page for requirements for offshore international applicants.

Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a Bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Policy. For further information on the eligibility requirements for the program refer here.

Additional Information

All expressions of interest must be submitted containing:

A brief cover letter addressing your academic background and suitability for the project/scholarship, including a description of your experience and success working with quantitative data
A brief curriculum vitae (CV)
A writing sample
Evidence that you have completed a program with the required grades as detailed in the about you section
Names of two referees
Academic transcripts
The closing date for expressions of interest is: 11:59pm on 31 January 2022.

 

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