PhD Scholar in Health

Brisbane, Australia
19 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Faculty of Medicine is a leading provider of medical education and medical research in Queensland, with the country's largest medical program. The four year graduate entry medical program offers an integrated, case-based curriculum including early clinical experiences.

The School is a diverse enterprise operating over multiple sites, with Queensland Health and private health service providers as major partners. Geographically, the School extends throughout Queensland with major sites in Brisbane, the outer metropolitan areas, and a number of rural and remote area facilities throughout the rest of the state. The UQ medical degree is also delivered overseas in Brunei and the United States of America, emphasising the global nature of the School.

The Mater Research Institute-UQ

Mater Research Institute-UQ (MRI-UQ) is a world class institute committed to academic research and its translation into clinical care for the benefit of all. MRI-UQ is an alliance between Mater Research and UQ, providing strategic and operational benefits to both parties. Mater Research brings to the alliance considerable clinical collaboration opportunites and UQ brings all its expertise as a research, education and teaching institution. MRI-UQ has more than 300 research staff, post graduate students and clinical researchers. There are currently 70 students undertaking a PhD, MPhil or Honours program.

The project supervisors are Professor David Hume, an internationally-recognised expert in macrophage biology, and Dr Katharine Irvine, a senior research fellow with extensive knowledge and experience in the field of innate immunity. Their research program focuses on the role of cells of the innate system, in particular macrophages, in development, homeostasis and pathophysiology in major organ systems, and how they can be harnessed to the benefit of human and animal health. The team has strong international links, particularly with The University of Edinburgh, where Professor Hume served as Director of The Roslin Institute from 2007 to 2017.

The Role

A PhD opportunity is available for a student with an Honours/Masters degree in immunology, phsyiology, molecular biology or a related field to join the Macrophage Biology research group at Mater Research, based at the Translational Research Institute (TRI), Woolloongabba, Brisbane. The successful candidate will be enrolled in a higher degree (PhD) by research at the University of Queensland and carry out a research project focused on the role of macrophages in physiological and pathophysiological processes. The projects will commence in January 2018.


Macrophages are specialised phagocytic cells that are present in all mammalian tissues, where they play critical roles in homeostasis and host defence. PhD projects will focus on the role of macrophages in the control of development, physiology, homeostasis and repair in major organ systems including liver, muscle and the gastrointestinal tract, depending on candidate interest and expertise. The project will involve the use of novel transgenic mouse and rat models as well as clinical samples. Details of current projects can be found at The project may include opportunities for exchange visits with colleagues at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh.

The Person

Applicants must comply with the relevant entry requirements:

  • Applicants should possess a Bachelor with honours (H1 or H2A) or a Masters Degree in a related field (e.g. immunology, physiology, biochemistry, or molecular biology) and have a strong motivation to pursue a PhD degree.
  • Applicants must be eligible to apply for a competitive living allowance scholarship (e.g. UQGSS or equivalent to support full-time study.
  • Applicants must have the ability to develop technical laboratory skills including in vitro and in vivo techniques, and skills in research methodology, data analysis, and scientific writing.
  • Applicants must have excellent writing abilities, and work effectively within a multidisciplinary and international research team.
  • Applicants must be able to enroll full-time in the PhD program.


$27,082 per annum (3 years with the possibility of 6 months extension).

The successful candidate will be expected to apply for competitive scholarships for which they are eligible. Upon obtaining a scholarship (APA or equivalent) they will be eligible to apply for the Mater Research top-up scholarship scheme, worth an additional $5,000 per annum.

Scholarships are tax exempt for Australian citizens and residents. University fees apply to overseas candidates (currently AUD$8,880 per quarter).

Applicants must supply a cover letter explaining your interest in and suitability to undertake research in this area, CV, and copies of Academic Transcripts.


Further information can be obtained by emailing Professor Hume ( or Dr Irvine (

Visit our UQ Graduate School website for full terms and conditions at

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