PhD Scholarship at The University of Queensland

Applications are invited for a PhD position in molecular biology to join The University of Queensland, Australia. The funds for this fellowship are available for three years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before November 28, 2018.

A position is available to undertake research in understanding the structure and function of proteins involved in innate immunity, 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 successful candidate will be working under the direct supervision of Prof Bostjan Kobe as part of an Australian Research Council-funded Laureate Fellowship project that aims to understand the mechanisms of innate immunity signalling in animals and plants. This specific project will characterize the structures and functions of proteins involved in signalling by Toll-like receptors. The successful candidate will be involved in using recombinant protein expression and purification, structural biology techniques such as X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy, and protein interaction analysis approaches. During the course of the PhD, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to attend (inter)national conferences to present their research. The candidate will start the project in early 2019.

Applicants should possess a BSc Hons, MSc, or equivalent, majoring in a relevant discipline (e.g. biochemistry and molecular biology, biotechnology, immunology). Candidates should show strong academic performance, and have good oral and written communication skills. Research experience with relevant techniques, such as molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, and protein crystallization will be considered favourable.

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:

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$27,082 (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 scholarships refer to:

For further information, please contact Prof Bostjan Kobe by

To apply, please upload a cover letter (addressing the suitability for the project) and a full resume.


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