The characteristics of poor health-related quality of life, the impact of children's smart technology use on family literacy practices and improving the perception and manipulation capabilities of robots are just some of the exiting new projects that will be undertaken by the 2013 Chancellor's Postdoctoral (CPD) Fellows at UTS.
Twelve of the world's best and brightest young researchers have been awarded fellowships at UTS next year as part of the CPD scheme. This is a relatively new scheme for UTS where the fellows are appointed to three to four-year positions that will support the UTS research strategy by building capacity within the UTS research community and raising UTS's profile as a research university of note.
According to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Attila Brungs, the quality of the 2013 intake of CPDs is testament to the growing reputation of the program and its ability to shape the careers of early stage researchers.
"The reach of the CPD program continues to grow, and we are now recruiting top young researchers from some of the most prestigious universities in the world," Professor Brungs said.
"These postdoctoral fellows fill a niche space in our research community, bringing very valuable research experience that will contribute to the body of knowledge we are building here at UTS, and to our reputation as a top quality research institution."
The 2013 intake includes Dr Leonard Tijing, currently engaged at Chonbuk National University in South Korea, who will develop a novel filter for the pre-treatment of wastewater; and Dr Igor Aharanovich, from Harvard University in the USA, who will develop novel bio-markers for the sensing of sub-cellular processes.
The opportunity to conduct research at UTS provides the fellows with an opportunity to launch the next stage in their academic careers.
"The UTS CPD fellowship scheme is a unique opportunity to boost an academic career and achieve new heights in my research," said Dr Aharanovich.
"UTS offers excellent facilities and a vibrant environment with technical and stimulating support from the students and staff.
"Through participating in the CPD scheme, I will have the chance to carry world class research, supervise students and contribute to the teaching program at UTS – all imperative to a young academic scholar."
The fellows will start arriving at UTS in January next year.
See below for a complete list of the 2013 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows:
- Dr Igor Aharonovich (Science) – Fluorescent nanodiamonds for biological sensing – supervised by Professor Mike Ford
- Dr Zhimin Ao (Science) – Development of high-performance and cost-effective graphene-based hydrogen storage materials – supervised by Professor Guoxiu Wang
- Dr Wei Bian (FEIT) – Structured dimension reduction for video-based human activity analysis – supervised by Professor Dacheng Tao
- Ms Sungwon Chang (Health) – Determinants in health disparities of women with chronic heart failure – supervised by Professor David Sibbritt
- Dr Jennifer Donelson (Science) – Coping with climate change: acclimation and adaptation of coral reef fishes to global warming – supervised by Professor David Booth
- Dr Ganesh Naik (FEIT) – Adaptive single channel myoelectric control for prosthetic hand – supervised by Professor Hung Nguyen
- Mr Richard Norman (Business) – Patterns of health-related quality of life in Australia – supervised by Associate Professor Rosalie Viney
- Dr Gavin Paul (FEIT) – Human-centred robust and safe robotic manipulation to enable field robots to cooperatively assist with peoples' day-to-day activities – supervised by Professor Dikai Liu
- Dr Tristan Rawling (GSH) – Development of novel omega-3 fatty acid derived agents for the treatment of breast and brain cancers – supervised by Associate Professor Mary Bebawy
- Dr Emma Rowden (DAB) – Contested visions of justice: designing the space of law in Australia – supervised by Associate Professor Kirsten Orr
- Dr Leonard Tijing (FEIT) – Development and fouling assessment of novel multifunctional composite membranes for water treatment: use of electrospinning and physico-chemical techniques – supervised by Dr Hokyong Shon
- Dr Sumin Zhao (FASS) – Smart technologies and parental roles in preschool children's homebased digital literacy practices – supervised by Professor Alistair Pennycook