PhD Scholar in Medicine

Brisbane, Australia
10 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
07 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Clinical Medicine

The School of Clinical Medicine has a strong focus on the delivery of both phases of the Medicine program across a number of sites within the Brisbane metropolitan area, including but not limited to, the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston; the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Woolloongabba; the Prince Charles Hospital, Chermside, and the St Lucia Campus. Leadership at each site is provided by an experienced academic with responsibility for budget and financial matters, human resource matters and facility management. The School consists of academic staff members across all clinical disciplines and more than 2500 academic title holders. 

The Gallipoli Medical Research Institute

This PhD will be jointly hosted by the Gallipoli Medical Research Institute.  The GMRI is based within the UQ Greenslopes Clinical School at Greenslopes Private Hospital, the largest private hospital in Australia.  The on-site research groups work alongside clinicians and stakeholders, creating a dynamic research culture within a private healthcare setting which honours the sacrifices of Australia's veteran community.

The Liver Disease and Liver Cancer Research Unit is dedicated to the study of the pathogenesis of liver disease and liver cancer which are in the top ten causes of mortality worldwide. We seek to improve the lives of patients with liver disease through improvements in clinical practise and by developing treatments for these diseases.  The current position will join a team of researchers and students associated with the GMRI.

More information can be found at the GMRI websites:

The Role

PhD opportunities are available for students with a science related Honours/Masters/Medical degree to join the liver disease and liver cancer research unit at the Gallipoli Medical Research Institute.

The Projects

Multiple potential projects are available for students including but not limited to:

  • novel gene therapy approaches to treat liver cancer;
  • improving outcomes after liver transplantation by examining mechanisms of graft failure;
  • pathogenesis of co-toxic liver injury;
  • immunotherapy for the prevention and treatment of liver cancer;
  • role of cancer stem cells in the initiation and progression of liver cancer;
  • targeting the epithelial-to-mesenchymal plasticity of liver cancer stem cells.

The Person

Both Australian and International applicants are welcome to apply. Candidates should have an Honours degree (1 or 2A, or equivalent) in cell biology, molecular biology, bioscience, genetics, immunology or a related discipline. Experience in models of liver disease and cancer, next generation sequencing and cell culture techniques is desirable. Strong academic performance, the commitment to conduct high quality research, and published output are highly desirable.

For further information on the Basis of Admission to a UQ research higher degree, please visit .  Successful applicants must accept and commence within 6 months of receiving an award.


The stipend is equivalent to the APA rate, $26,288 per annum (2016 rate, indexed annually) with the possibility of top-ups for suitable candidates.  The scholarship will be for three (3) years with the possibility of a six (6)-month extension and is subject to the UQ Research Scholarship General Conditions. University fees apply to overseas candidates.


Further information can be obtained by emailing Dr Kim Bridle (Liver Disease) or Dr Jason Steel (Liver Cancer): or . Visit our UQ Graduate School website for full terms and conditions at

All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter (including the names of 3 referees, one of which should be your immediate/Honours supervisor), Resume and statement covering why you are interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in this area and your suitability based on the role and person description given above. Applications will not be considered without each of these 3 documents.

For information on completing the application process click here.

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