RMIT University invites applications for the PhD Scholarship in developing miniaturized Peripheral Nerve Interface Technology in Australia for the 2022/23 academic year.

Stimulating the vagus nerve is used clinically for treatment of numerous human diseases (epilepsy, heart failure, obesity etc). As such, the effects of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) are diverse and have created considerable interest in the clinical community.

There are numerous mouse genetic models of human diseases, which are an essential tool for understanding mechanisms of disease, and discovering new therapies. Thus the overall goal of this project is to expand RMIT’s vagus nerve stimulation technology and adapt it to awake, freely moving mice.


The outcomes of this research will be to develop, manufacture and validate the safety and efficacy of a miniaturized peripheral nerve array in a mouse disease model.

Worth of Award

The scholarship is worth $32,714 per annum for a student stipend (Total for 3.5 year term = $114,500). It runs for 3 years with a possibility of extension to 3.5 years.


To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • have first-class honours or equivalent in a relevant discipline of bioengineering or electrical engineering
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an international student meeting the minimum English language requirements;
  • provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary research team;
  • meet RMIT’s entry requirements for PhD

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following documents to Prof. Flora Salim ([email protected]) cc’ing [email protected]:


  • cover letter (research statement)
  • copy of electronic academic transcripts
  • CV that includes any publications/awards and the contact details of 2 referees.

For international applicants, evidence of English proficiency may be required.

Deadline: Applications for the PhD Scholarship in developing miniaturized Peripheral Nerve Interface close December 31, 2022.


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