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PhD Scholarship in Genetics

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Area:Queensland Brain Institute
Salary (FTE):School Schol (RTP Rate) NONBAND ($27,596.00 - $27,596.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
Location: St Lucia

Queensland Brain Institute (QBI)

QBI works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. We aim to understand the neural circuits in the brain, how their function results in behavioural outcomes, and how dysfunction of these circuits leads to disorders such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. We aim to

  1. Develop novel therapeutic approaches to treat disorders of neural function and
  2. Use our understanding of brain function to improve learning in classrooms and in the workplace.

Established in 2003, QBI is housed on the St Lucia campus of UQ. It is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 41 group leaders.

About the PhD

We have a fantastic opportunity funded by the University of Queensland for a PhD student scholarship. The position will be with the QBI . This institute focuses on understanding the normal and pathologic functions of the nervous system and on looking for treatments against diseases of the brain. The host group, which combine supervision from a senior clinician and a senior research fellow initially trained in the industry (genetics and drug discovery), is currently working at identifying risk-genes involved in neurodevelopmental and mental disorders (mainly schizophrenia) using patients’ samples and at understanding the role of these genes in the nervous system. The main focus of this PhD will be to translate some of their genetics discoveries into functional knowledge. The PhD student will handle several high-priority genes and investigate their function using the zebrafish animal model. The primary goal will be to successfully generate knockout mutant animals and investigate the impact of the corresponding loss-of-function to the brain development and function, with a particular emphasis with synaptogenesis and synaptic function.

The applicant will benefit from an international network and top-notch supervision from experts in the field of mental disorders, genetics, animal models and drug discovery. This is a unique opportunity that, beyond self-development, will help the applicant to learn state-of-the-art techniques such as animal transgenesis, CRISPR-technology and high-end microscopy (including optogenetics, calcium imaging and super-resolution microscopy). The applicant will also have the opportunity to play a role in side projects focusing on drug discovery using the zebrafish.

About You

The appointee will have a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications in Genetics/Neuroscience or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector. The appointee will be familiar with project management, writing and administration skills and be able to work well as part of a team to achieve common goals. Ideally, the applicant would be familiar with mouse or zebrafish animal models. She/He would have started worked on similar project aiming at studying gene function and accumulated extensive experience in molecular biology, transgenesis and/or microscopy.

What we offer

A PhD stipend of $ 27,596 (AUD) per annum (tax free) will be provided to the successful candidate for up to 3 years with two possible 6-month extensions. A tuition fee offset scholarship will be awarded for 16 research quarters. The successful applicant will also benefit from $3500 conference travel funding. Subject to conditions and the applicant application, the applicant could be eligible for a top‐up scholarship. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) as soon as possible to Professor Bryan Mowry or Dr Jean Giacomotto. Please include:

  • Statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship
  • A brief CV
  • A cover letter describing interest and career vision
  • Two references

Applicants will be required to attend an interview either on site or via video-conference.

This scholarship will most likely be filled before the end of the life of the advertising period, so please don’t hesitate to come into contact with us as soon as possible.

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Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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