PhD Scholarship, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Brisbane, Australia
05 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

A position is available to undertake fundamental research in bird flu in avian species at the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Faculty of Science (

The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) combines the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Parasitology into a single academic unit. The common thread in our discipline mix is the capacity of molecular-based approaches to create understanding and underpin Discovery. The School has modern research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and research infrastructure. The School includes over 50 academic staff, who are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds.

The role

The successful candidate will be working under the direct supervision of Dr. Kirsty Short as part of an Australian Research council funded Discovery early career award (DECRA) project which aims to understand the genesis and pathogenesis of influenza virus in several avian species. This project will use novel avian cell cultures to understand how avian influenza viruses emerge and what effects these viruses have on different avian species. Some of the techniques that the successful candidate will be involved in using novel cell culture methods, microscopy, next-gen sequencing and virology. During the course of the PhD the successful candidate will have the opportunity to attend (inter)national conferences to present their research.

The Candidate

This position is open to Domestic students only (Australia/New Zealand). Applicants should possess a BSc Hons, or equivalent, majoring in a relevant discipline (virology, immunology or molecular biology).  Applicants ideally will have completed courses or training in immunology, virology and/or biochemistry. Candidates should possess strong academic performance, good oral and written communication skills. One or more of peer reviewed publication, prior experience with cell culture and working with influenza virus would be considered favourably.

Applicants must be eligible to enrol in a PhD with the University of Queensland. For a complete list of the University of Queensland's minimum entry requirements please refer to:

Scholarship and Remuneration

Applicants must note that selection by The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) for participation in this research project, and admission to UQ are two separate processes. The applicant who successfully applies to this PhD research project opportunity will then be required to apply to the UQ Graduate School for admission.

SCMB will assist the successful applicant with their application for admission, but note that a successful application to SCMB for this research project does not guarantee a successful application to the UQ Graduate School for admission. Selected prospective students will receive assistance to apply for University living allowance and tuition fee scholarships.  The 2018 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$26,682 (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three and a half years with a possible extension of up to 6 months in approved circumstances (conditions apply).  For further information on scholarships refer to:

Enquiries and Application

For further information, please contact Dr Kirsty Short (DECRA Fellow) by email

For application, please upload a cover letter and a full resume.

Application closing date is 24th March 2018.

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