PhD in Sepsis Project

Brisbane, Australia
24 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Biomedical Sciences 

The University of Queensland School of Biomedical Sciences is a distinguished centre for teaching and research in the academic disciplines of Anatomy, Developmental Biology, Physiology, Pharmacology and Pathology. The School has more than 40 full-time research and teaching staff and is one of the largest Schools of its type in Australia. It has links to other prestigious research centres on the St Lucia campus including the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), the Institute of Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN).

Our diverse research provides an exciting environment for national and international research fellows and higher degree students. It is concerned with advancing the understanding of how cellular mechanisms contribute to the function of the human body in health and disease. Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the school’s web site at

In addition to its graduate research programs, the School teaches undergraduate students in Science, Medicine, and Health Sciences.

Children's Health Queensland (CHQ) Clinical Unit, School of Clinical Medicine

The CHQ Clinical Unit is a small teaching unit based at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital consisting of approx. 10 paid staff members and linkages with over 150 unpaid title holders who contribute to the teaching efforts. The Unit is responsible for the delivery of the medicine program at that Hospital site and ensures the effective engagement with the Hospital and Health Service executive.

The role

You will join a team researching the role of inflammation in disease and specifically the molecular and cellular mechanisms of vascular endothelial leak in sepsis and systemic inflammation. You will be working principally on elucidating the advanced molecular and cell biology mechanisms of vascular leak in sepsis/systemic inflammation, and the identification of novel therapeutic targets.

This laboratory work is based at the University of Queensland St Lucia Campus. The clinical research projects are at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and the Child Health Research Centre in South Brisbane.

You will be mentored by world leading researchers, and you will have the opportunity to translate your discoveries into new treatments for patients.

The person

You are an outstanding and enthusiastic science graduate, ideally with a background in medicine, biomedical science, cell biology, molecular biology or other relevant discipline. You should have a strong desire to develop a successful research career, good general research skills, a systematic approach to problem solving, very good writing abilities, and the capacity to work well with others.

You will be responsible for experimental design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation, and will be expected to support applications for funding to support your research focus. Relevant laboratory experience, particularly in sterile tissue culture, Western blotting and microscopy is highly desirable. Demonstrated research capacity (research outputs such as publications or conference presentations) will be highly regarded.

You will have a First Class Honours degree or equivalent, and must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, including meeting English language requirements, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.

For further information on entry requirements, please visit

You are expected to obtain your own tuition fee and living allowance scholarship. For information on scholarships, see


To discuss this role and for further information, please contact Associate Professor Mark Coulthard on 0418 155 370 or email     


To submit an application for this role, please complete an online application and provide the following supporting documents:  

  • A cover letter that addresses how you meet the requirements for the PhD program and addressing the desired skills and attributes
  • A curriculum vitae detailing education, professional experience, research experience, publications, and relevant competencies
  • Academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale
  • Award certificates for all completed post-secondary study
  • The name and contact details of two referees who can best comment on your prior research experience. UQ will contact your referees directly, but you will need to enter their details into the application form.