PhD Scholarship in Biomedical Sciences

Brisbane, Australia
07 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
05 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The School of Biomedical Sciences

The School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland is an acknowledged leader in biomedical sciences in Australia. Our University is typically placed around 30 in the world’s top 100 for biomedicine, according to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 

Our School’s research strengths include cell and developmental biology; cell physiology; functional anatomy; molecular pharmacology; and neuroscience. Our interests encompass animal behaviour; the biology of disease; drug development; marine science; neural regeneration; neuropathology; and pedagogical studies.

The role

The successful appointee will be provided with a School-sponsored PhD scholarship, including stipend support commensurable with current Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) rates. The appointee will need to to apply for ongoing support via the APA, UQ and other PhD scholarship schemes, as well as national competitive travel grants to support attendance at conferences and professional development courses. The appointee will work on a project that is aimed at investigating the interaction between plasma proteins and various clinically-relevant PEGylated and non-PEGylated nanoparticles, and how this interaction affects the susceptibility to, or treatment of patients with, neurodegenerative diseases. 

This project addresses fundamental questions regarding the safety and utility of rapidly emerging nanomedicines and the impact these new drugs have on our ageing population. The role will involve molecular pharmacology, toxicology, cell culture and the pharmaceutical evaluation of nanoparticles in rodent models of neurodegenerative disease.

The person

This project is only suited to students who are highly driven and have a desire to persue a high level research career in molecular nanomedicine. Applicants should possess an appropriate qualification for entry into the PhD training scheme. They should have an outstanding track record of academic achievement, excellent laboratory skills that are relevant to the project and have the drive to lead this research-intensive PhD project. Applicants should have the ability to think critically, rationally and independently. Excellent verbal and written English skills are essential. Applicants should be comfortable working with small animal models and be willing to work with radiation.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at the APA stipend rate for 3 years. The stipend (2017 rate) will be at $26,682 p.a (indexed annually).


To discuss this role please contact Dr Lisa Kaminskas at; Prof Rodney Minchin at; or Dr Richard Gordon at

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  1. A cover letter (including the names of 3 referees, one of which should be your immediate/Honours supervisor) that describes why you are interested in persuring this project, and why you should be selected as the successful postgraduate candidate, and
  2. A resume including a list of current practical laboratory skills. Only applicants that apply through the UQ jobs website below and who have included both of these documents will be considered.

Important: please do not send your application directly to the person listed in the enquiries section of the advertisement since these will not be considered. Applications not received via UQ Jobs online system will not be considered.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job.

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