Record number of fellowships to back UTS young researchers in 2014

Dr Lucy Fiske taking field notes in northern Uganda

Dr Lucy Fiske taking field notes in northern Uganda

In summary: 
  • UTS has awarded a record 16 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships this year to early-career researchers
  • Introduced to attract young researchers from around the world, this year's fellowship projects range from the examination of human rights for refugees in south-east Asia to the use of algae as a sustainable energy alternative

The development of a non-destructive method to test building infrastructures, the use of algae as a sustainable energy alternative and a fresh look at Australian family law are just some of the research projects that will be explored by the newly appointed 2014 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral (CPD) Fellows at UTS.

Sixteen fellowships have been announced for next year, the highest number awarded in a single year since the scheme’s inception in 2005.

The three to four-year positions are highly competitive, and in the past have attracted early-career researchers from all over the world. According to Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Attila Brungs, 2014 is no different.

 “Our 2014 intake has seen recruits hail from universities, including Imperial College London, McGill University and the University of Hong Kong. These top young researchers have outstanding track records, and will contribute to the University’s aim to produce rigorous, world-leading research with impact,” Professor Brungs said.

“Of course, the benefits are mutual. For each fellow, there exists great opportunities to collaborate with our most senior and established researchers. This, combined with access to the best technical facilities and support at UTS, will allow our newest fellows to thrive – to further establish their research careers, and develop skills in research leadership and management”.

Dr Lucy Fiske, a human rights and gender justice researcher and 2014 appointee, could not agree more.

“The UTS Chancellor's Postdoctoral Scheme is providing me with an opportunity to join UTS's vibrant research community and to conduct research which is designed to help shift thinking on refugee protection,” Dr Fiske said.

“The scheme creates a sustainable opportunity for early career researchers to focus on developing their research skills under expert mentoring and immersed in a welcoming and critically engaged community of researchers.”

Fiske, originally from Curtin University, is investigating the lives of refugees living without formal protection in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Her research expertise will join the likes of Dr Nina Burridge, in UTS’s Cosmopolitan Civil Societies research area.

The 2014 Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellows are:

  • Dr Joel Barratt (Science) – Laboratory validation of vaccine candidates for leishmaniasis predicted using a novel in silico pipeline based on machine learning algorithms. Supervised by Professor John Ellis
  • Dr Dewei Chu (Science) – Interface engineering of metal oxide nanocubes for energy efficient memory devices with improved performance. Supervised by Professor Matt Phillips
  • Ms Dena Fam (ISF) – Facilitating nutrient recovery from wastewater: an innovative approach to institutional analysis of urine diversion and pathways to sustainable sanitation. Supervised by Professor Cynthia Mitchell
  • Dr Lucy Fiske (FASS) – Informal refugee protection space in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand: building a life without rights. Supervised by Dr Nina Burridge
  • Dr Dominic Hare (Science) – Striking whilst the iron’s hot: probing iron in neurodegeneration using stable isotope bio-imaging. Supervised by Professor Philip Doble
  • Mr Kai Li (Business) – Asset pricing with heterogeneous beliefs and social interactions. Supervised by Professor Tony He
  • Dr Huu Ngoc Duy Nguyen (FEIT) – Compressed sensing for wireless monitoring in health technologies. Supervised by Professor Tuan Hoang
  • Dr Lu Qin (FEIT) – Big graph processing in MapReduce. Supervised by Professor Chengqi Zhang
  • Dr Daniel Sabater-Hernandez (Pharmacy) – Development, evaluation and implementation of a community pharmacy service for patients at cardiovascular risk. Supervised by Professor Charlie Benrimoj
  • Dr Olga Shimoni (Science) – Smart multifunctional nanoparticles for therapeutic delivery, sensing and diagnostics. Supervised by Professor Milos Toth
  • Dr Alecia Simmonds (Law) – Matching, hatching and despatching: a cultural history of family law in the Australasian colonies (1788-1901). Supervised by Professor Shaunnagh Dorsett
  • Dr Bojan Tamburic (Science) – How does my biofuel garden grow? Supervised by Professor Peter Ralph
  • Dr Dolf Timmerman (Science) – Quantum dots in flatland: novel hybrid materials for optoelectronics. Supervised by Associate Professor Mike Ford
  • Dr Teresa Alejandra Vidal Calleja (FEIT) – Multimodal perception and information fusion for advanced condition assessment of aging infrastructure. Supervised by Professor Gamini Dissanayake
  • Dr Paul Walker (FEIT) – Theoretical and experimental studies of dynamics and control of hybrid and electric vehicle powertrains. Supervised by Professor Nong Zhang
  • Dr Xun Wang (FEIT) – An innovative framework for risk-aware social service robots. Supervised by Professor Mary-Anne Williams