The Victorian Government has provided funding of up to AU$300,000 over three years to fund a Victorian university, research institute or company to employ a Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
Five fellowships were awarded in the 2015 round.
There is no further funding round for this program.
Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellows – 2015
The Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellowship program aims to provide outstanding young researchers with overseas experience coupled with a strong incentive to return to Victoria to consolidate their careers.
The five 2015 Fellows were awarded their fellowships by Victoria's Lead Scientist Dr Leonie Walsh, on Thursday 23 July.
Dr Adam Chrimes – RMIT University: ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Dr Adam Chrimes is investigating the micro-scale chemical interactions between cells during the production of biofuel. His research will use optical microscopy to observe the 'fingerprint' of each chemical constituent. Dr Chrimes is aiming, through his research, to develop a better understanding of the limits of biofuel production. Dr Chrimes is at RMIT University's Centre for Advanced Electronics and Sensors and will spend two years at the ETH in Zurich.
Dr Luke Kelly – University of Melbourne, Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry - Spain
With the increased frequency and intensity of wild fires threatening the biodiversity of our forests, Dr Kelly's research aims to improve our capacity to better manage fire. Collaborating with CREAF in Spain this project will build on cutting-edge techniques to develop a suite of models and tools to design and evaluate alternative fire management strategies. Find Luke on Twitter. Visit the lab in Melbourne.
Dr Kaye Morgan – Monash University, Technische Universitat Munich (TUM) - Germany
Combining a new x-ray imaging capability developed at the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne with x-ray scattering expertise at the TUM, Dr Morgan's research aims to develop non-invasive and fast soft-tissue x-ray imaging for treatments of diseases of the airways. Realising these imaging capabilities on a compact x-ray source will improve access for researchers and provide a step towards a clinical imaging tool. Find Kaye on Twitter.
Dr Jing Ren – University of Melbourne; University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), US
Dr Ren's project aims to develop new generation polymer nanomaterials for safe, flexible, impact-resistant and recyclable high-efficiency energy storage units, capable of powering devices from electric cars to medical implants. This collaboration will bring the Hawker/UCSB's essential building-block nanomaterials together with University of Melbourne's research platform to develop a next-generation battery system.
Dr Phuc Ung – Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), University of Zurich (UZH), Switzerland
Dr Ung's project is a collaboration between MIPS and UZH that aims to develop safe, non-invasive light activated compounds for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers. These compounds have the advantage of providing both the diagnosis and therapy in a single molecule, while offering significantly more accurate cancer detection, and are intrinsically safer because they use a harmless, localised light treatment.