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PhD Scholarship in Molecular dissection of pathomechanisms in Alzheimer’s disease (AD)

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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

The Queensland Brain Institute 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.

The award

We have a fantastic opportunity funded by the University of Queensland for a PhD student scholarship within the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI).  The laboratory has a long-standing track record (>185 publications including in Cell, Science, Neuron and Nature Reviews journals) in deciphering pathological mechanisms in Alzheimer's disease (AD), with an active program in developing novel animal models in which to validate therapeutic interventions.

Selection criteria

You will have a Bachelor of Science with Honours or Masters equivalent or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector. 

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ. Please visit the Graduate School's website.


The 2019 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$27,596 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply). For further information on this scholarship refer to:

In addition, the Tuition fees will be waved for up to 4 years. The successful applicant will also benefit from a $3500 conference travel funding. Subject to conditions and the applicant application, the applicant could be eligible to an additional $5,000 top‐up per annum proved by the QBI.

Enquiries and How to Apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link to the PhD Scholarship page: There is no separate application for scholarship because you will be given the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Prior to applying, check your eligibility and prepare your documentation.

You should also contact Professor Jürgen Götz ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship prior to submitting an application.

Please ensure that you

  1. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'
  2. Enter in the free-text field ‘AD’
  3. List the enrolling unit as the Queensland Brain Institute
  4. Enter Professor Jürgen Götz as your supervisor
  • 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.

Please do not click the apply button.

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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