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Bacterial Spore Development Projects PhD Scholarships


$26,694 AUD per year

3 years





The two projects will examine new molecular aspects of spore development. They will focus on genes of yet defined function that participate in a large protein complex that connects the two cells involved in spore formation. The selected candidates will have the opportunity to develop expertise in molecular microbiology, specifically molecular genetics, cell biology and biochemistry..

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for this application, you must hold the following or equivalent experience:

  • Permanent Australian resident or New Zealand citizen
  • Honours degree with First Class, or Second Class Division 1, or MSc with a research thesis of at least 6 months. 
  • Experience in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology or biochemistry.

Selection process

The ideal candidates should have a genuine interest and passion for scientific research and the following:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • High degree of commitment, motivation and focus
  • Can-do attitude
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in teams.

Candidates will be selected following a 3-stage process:

  1. CV and expression of interest (at least 1/2 page)
  2. A reading and writing exercise (disclosed by email)
  3. Interview with faculty members (can be performed on Skype).

Only selected candidates will be notified by email for Stage 2. Selected candidates from Stage 2 will be asked for an interview. 

How to apply

Please submit your CV and expression of interest to Christopher Rodrigues

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Please contact Christopher Rodrigues for further information.

Other information

The University of Technology Sydney is Australia’s Top Young University and ranked within the Top 200 universities worldwide. Its vibrant campus is located in the center of Sydney, with easy access to all amenities and transport that is ideally suited for PhD student living.

The ithree institute at UTS focuses on three research themes: Microbes in Agriculture, Microbial Communities and Stealth Pathogens. Its collaborative research environment involves innovative technology development, specifically tailored to microbes (in imaging, sequencing, genomics and proteomics), and its use in the creation of new knowledge to identify how microorganisms survive and adapt to a range of environments and insults, including the human host.

The ithree institute is composed of 7 group leaders, 15 postdoctoral researchers and 35 PhD students, who work in an integrated model of collaboration. PhD students are very well supported by a 360-degree mentoring structure which provides them with mentors from both senior and more junior levels. PhD students have the opportunity to attend multiple seminars every week, both within ithree and the School of Life Sciences. PhD students are supported by the UTS Science PhD student cohort which provides them with a voice within the Faculty and continuously guides UTS towards meeting HDR needs. Finally, PhD students are fully supported to attend conferences overseas, at least once during their candidature, which exposes them directly to their research community.