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Postgraduate research project opportunities

From time to time our schools and faculties seek prospective master by research or PhD students to undertake research projects on a particular topic.

These may be individual projects or collaborations with other institutions or industry partners. In some cases, the projects may also include funding opportunities such as scholarships.

The following list provides information on projects currently open to new research students. For more information on each project please contact the nominated researcher.

This page will be updated as opportunities become available so please check back regularly.


Exercise and Health Science

Medical and Paramedical Sciences

N-glycans play an essential role in biological process and are associated with age, gender, and body mass parameters. To investigate the correlation between N-glycan structures and metabolic syndrome (MetS) components, we are conducting a population-based study in Chinese individuals. The replication study is performed on unrelated individuals Australian cohorts (Busselton Health Aging Study, BHAS). The most prominent observation is the consistent positive correlations between different forms of triantennary glycans and negative correlations between glycans containing core-fucose with MetS components including BMI, SBP, DBP, and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) simultaneously. The preliminary result shows that variations in the composition of the N-glycome in human plasma could represent the alternations of human metabolism and could be potential biomarkers of MetS.

Research Areas: Global Health, Public Health Genomics, Biomarker Screening and Validation.

This project is supported by a scholarship. For more information, visit the Higher Degrees by Research scholarship web page.

Contact: For more information about this project, please contact Professor Wei Wang. Email:

Computer and Security Science

Reflecting the strong partnership between Edith Cowan University (ECU) and the City of Joondalup, we are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic student who will be committed to making a positive contribution as part of this industry placement PhD.

This ECU PhD project will involve working with the City of Joondalup as they continue to set the standard in WA Local Government for its commitment to innovative services, programs, events and facilities. In particular, the project will support the City’s implementation of new online systems, the updating of current security protocols and practices, and a shift to a hybrid-cloud architecture. The project will also include the testing of information technology systems and networks to determine the effectiveness of security and any risk exposures to external intrusion and unauthorised access.

This project is supported by a scholarship ($32,000 per year stipend/living allowance). For more information, visit the Higher Degrees by Research scholarship web page.

Scholarship applications close 30 November 2015.

Contact: For more information about this project, please contact Professor Craig Valli. Email: or Telephone: 08 6304 5109.

 For information about applying for a course, visit the PhD and Research Degree web page, which also includes links to scholarship information.

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