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Cellular and molecular biology of gut and lung M cells


$28,092 p.a (Research Training Program 2020, indexed)

3 years with the possibility for a 1 session extension





Outstanding candidates with a background in biomedical science, pharmacology, or pharmacy or similar are invited to apply for a fully funded PhD scholarship in the Centre for Inflammation, School of Life Science, University of Technology Sydney, to study cellular and molecular biology of gut and lung M cells under the supervision of Prof. Phil Hansbro.

During their PhD, candidates will learn and implement a number of important techniques spanning biology and immunology to characterise specialised cells in the epithelium of the lung and gut at a molecular level. The ultimate aim is to determine their roles and functions in immunity and facilitate the discovery of therapeutic compounds to influence its activity for medical and scientific benefit.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be either an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen.
Applicants need to have completed either:

  • Honours – First class or Second class division 1; or
  • MSc Research or MSc Coursework with a research thesis greater than 6 months; or
  • An international degree equivalent to the Australian degrees listed above. 

Selection process

We are seeking a PhD candidate who can demonstrate they have the following skills/attributes:

  • highly motivated and capable of independent work;
  • has a strong team focus;
  • excellent communication skills; with the ability to work with a diverse range of people, and within established collaborative teams 
  • knowledge of a research/laboratory environment and requirements;
  • computer literate in standard research software;
  • be able to maintain thorough laboratory records;
  • experience with standard lab techniques such as ELISA, RNA extraction, reverse transcription, qPCR, western blotting, cell culture, aseptic technique, histological analysis, Immunohistochemistry, Immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, and primer design; and 
  • be able to conduct in vivo mouse models.

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