[Australia] PhD Scholarship from University of Queensland Diamantina Institute

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The University of Queensland, Australia is offering PhD scholarship for a project based on Molecular Biology of Natural Killer Cells in Blood Cancers for both domestic and international students. The base stipend will be at the rate of AUD$25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax-free for three years with the possibility of a six month extension in approved circumstances. The base stipend will be at the rate of AUD$25,849 per annum (2015 rate) tax-free for three years with the possibility of a six month extension in approved circumstances.

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute was established in 2007 as the sixth research institute of The University of Queensland. The aim of the Institute is to develop a better understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of disease, and to translate that understanding into practical outcomes for patients. The focus of the project is to study the biology of Natural killer (NK)-cells, with a specific molecular pathways and transcriptome regulation, through functional immuno-assays, RNA-seq and molecular biology. The project will take forward some of our current findings on NK-cells within the context of blood cancers. These include Non Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL), multiple myeloma (MM), and leukaemia. The candidate will develop and apply methodologies to including cell culture, flow cytometry, PCR, luciferase assays, CHIP-seq, and bioinformatics involving the use of high-performance computing, programming, and integrative data analysis. Supervision will be provided by Professor Maher Gandhi and Dr Alex Cristino.

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Both domestic and international students are encouraged to apply. The candidate will preferably have a 1st Class Honours degree or equivalent in science, and should be eligible for either an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), University of Queensland Research Scholarship (UQRS), International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), or UQ International Scholarship (UQI). University will consider students from a wide range of backgrounds, including: mathematics, statistics, computer science, bioinformatics, physics, genetics, and molecular biology. Programming experience is highly desirable as is knowledge of molecular biology, cell biology and/or genetics. Applicants must be fluent in English.

How to Apply: 

Applications should be submitted online. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume, Academic Records and a completed Expression of Interest Form