QBI PhD in Neuroscience

St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland
13 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Queensland Brain Institute

QBI PhD Positions

Established in 2003, QBI (http://www.qbi.uq.edu.au) is situated on the St Lucia campus of UQ. It is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 41 group leaders, working across a range of disciplines, who are focused on discovering the fundamental mechanisms that regulate brain development and function in health and disease. 

Over the past decade QBI has become known as one of the world's leading neuroscience research institutes. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in the 2010, 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

The Role

Successful applicants will enrol in UQ's PhD program and will become part of a growing team of researchers and students studying neuroscience at QBI. With access to world class research facilities, candidates will have the opportunity to develop their career in a multidisciplinary collaborative research environment. Key areas of interest and research include:

  • Cognition and behaviour
  • Computation and neuronal circuits
  • Neurogenesis and neuronal survival
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuronal trafficking
  • Genetics and epigenetics
  • Neuronal development and connectivity
  • Sensory systems
  • Synaptic function

A 3-4 year program, a PhD is an advanced academic qualification that is a requirement for the majority of academic and research positions in a wide range of fields and industries. The aim of the PhD is to foster the development of independent research skills. These skills include the capacity to formulate a specific problem, to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in a relevant disciplinary area.

The Person

Both Australian and International applicants are welcome to apply. Candidates should have a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in neuroscience, molecular biology, bioscience, psychology, genetics, physical sciences, engineering, mathematics or a related discipline. Strong academic performance, the commitment to conduct high quality neuroscience research, and published output are highly desirable.

For further information on the Basis of Admission to a UQ research higher degree, please visit http://www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/our-research-degrees.  Successful applicants must accept and commence within 6 months of receiving an award.


Selected prospective students will receive assistance to apply for Postgraduate Scholarship support through the UQ Graduate School. The current scholarship rate is AUD$26,288 per annum (2016 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years with a possible six month extension in approved circumstances. A top-up scholarship (AUD$5,000 per annum) may be available to the successful candidate.

For further information on scholarships refer to: https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/scholarships.


Please review the research interests of QBI Group Leaders at http://www.qbi.uq.edu.au/group-leaders and make direct contact with a Group Leader working in an area of greatest interest to you, providing your detailed academic resume (including publications and links to published articles in peer reviewed journals) and complete academic records (including GPA scores/grades, and grading scale details).  The Group Leader will work with you to develop your application for submission to QBI.

Please do not apply via UQ Jobs or online via the UQ Graduate School until you have been accepted by an advisor and the Research Higher Degree administration staff at QBI send you detailed information about applying.