Study level

  • PhD


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Simon McIlroy
ARC Future Fellow
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health
Professor Gene Tyson
Professor of Microbial Genomics
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health
Dr Ben Woodcroft
Senior Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health


Our understanding of microbial diversity on earth has been fundamentally changed by metagenomic characterisation of natural ecosystems. Traditional approaches for visualising microbial communities are time-consuming and provide limited information about the identity of specific microorganisms.

The proposed research aims to combine single cell genomics and super resolution microscopy for novel, high-throughput, genome-based techniques to visualise microorganisms, plasmids and viruses, with strain level specificity.

The application of these highly scalable approaches will provide comprehensive and unprecedented insight into the fine-scale dynamics and evolution of environmentally and biotechnologically important microbial communities.

The project is supervised by Professor Gene Tyson, Dr Simon McIlroy and Dr Ben Woodcroft – School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health.

PhD scholarship opportunity

What you receive

A living allowance stipend, tax exempt and indexed annually $28,092 per annum for a period of 3 years


Domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply.

You must have:

  • recently completed a BSc Hons degree or equivalent in a relevant field (microbiology, genomics or biochemistry)
  • received first-class honours (H1)
  • a general interest in microscopy and/or microbial ecology
  • excellent communication skills, motivation and the ability to work as part of a team.

Ideally you will also have:

  • experience with confocal microscopy and image analyses and experience with bioinformatics.

How to apply

Submit your application to Dr Simon McIlroy

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-do-date CV
  • full academic transcript
  • a summary (up to 2 pages) of your research career to date
  • details of 3 referees (email/address/contact number).



Contact the supervisors for more information.