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PhD Scholarship The Action of Medicines at Gpcrs at Monash University

Monash University, Australia is offering PhD position in biochemistry. Successful candidate will have funding to work and study for 3 years in Australia. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2019.

Remuneration: Scholarships are available for Australian citizen and permanent residents. Females and Indigenous Australians are particularly encouraged to apply. This generous scholarship will provide a $27,596 (indexed) per annum stipend and will support the successful applicant for the approved duration of their PhD candidature (to a maximum of 3 years)

We are currently looking for a PhD candidate to assist on an Australian Research Council funded project, 'The biophysical and molecular basis for signal transduction at peptide hormone G protein-coupled receptors.'

G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest class of cell surface receptor and are the target of ~35% of all approved medicines. These receptors are involved in all aspects of physiology and pathophysiology, communicating signals from the outside of the cell to the inside of the cell, which is what makes them such desirable and tractable drug targets. Despite the critical importance of GPCRs, much remains to be learned about the subtleties of their regulation by endogenous and/or drug-like molecules.

Differences in the cellular responses to molecules acting at the same GPCR occur because many GPCRs respond to multiple endogenous ligands and pharmaceuticals through different intracellular coupling mechanisms. In this project you will work with a team of biologists and biochemists to investigate the molecular basis for activation of important disease-related GPCRs at the molecular level. This will include using world-leading biophysical and microscopy techniques to define how these receptors are activated. The insights arising from this project will allow rational design of medicines targeting these receptors.

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Monash University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will need to have graduated with First Class honours or equivalent in an Honours or Masters degree. You will have evidence of a passion for biochemistry, pharmacology or biophysics, with a strong desire to undertake research in drug discovery.The successful applicant will receive all the required training to conduct the project but must have a strong desire to assume ownership of the project and work independently.

Eligibility Requirements

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,596 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see theRTP Conditions of Awardfor more information. A successful International applicant may also be considered for a Monash University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship.

You will study in a Faculty that is in the top 3 world-wide and with a University that ranks in the top 100 world-wide. This opportunity is offered as part of the Doctoral Training program in Drug Discovery Biology. This offers an elite program in a world class scientific environment to ensure our graduates are not only specialists in their chosen scientific field, but also have an understanding of diverse topics, techniques and practices relevant to drug discovery.

Further information

For administration enquiries please contact:

Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctoral training program

Email:pharm-grad-research@monash.edu

How to submit an expression of interest/apply


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