Postgraduate Award in Pharmaceutical Science, University of Sydney, Australia

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This scholarship is funded by an ARC Linkage-projects grant and will provide support for 3 years on a full-time basis for a research project leading to a PhD.

Many macroscopic aspects of pressurized Metered Dose Inhaler (pMDI) for respiratory disease are recognized, but are yet to be understood at the basic level and accordingly exploited. In particular, the droplet charge mechanism in non-aqueous pMDIs remained elusive. Currently, although a wide range of drugs are commercially available as pMDIs, the efficiency of these systems is poor, with most devices delivering less than 20 per cent to the lung. An insight into these systems is crucial to successfully enhance the performance of aerosol formulations in industry, ultimately translating into superior patient therapy. This project will create a theoretical model for pMDI formulation that can be applied to the development of a new generation of inhalation medicines.

Applicants should have an Honours 1 or 2A degree in physics, engineering, chemistry or pharmaceutical science. Experience/background in electrostatics and/or building of scientific apparatuses and material properties would be an advantage. Applicant must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens.

Amount awarded:
The scholarship is valued at $27,222 per annum in 2011 (tax exempt).

Application guide:
For further information, contact Dr Daniela Traini (Phone: 02 9351 2356; Fax: 02 9351 4391; Email: Applications, including a curriculum vitae, copy of an academic transcript, proof of citizenship or permanent residency, and the names and contact details of at least two referees should be sent to Dr Traini, Faculty of Pharmacy (A15), The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Closing date: 28 February 2011


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