Scholarship details

Student type

Future students

Study area

Health and community

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

Citizenship

Australian or New Zealand and International

What you'll receive

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

Eligibility

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
  • experience with bioinformatics.

How to apply

Submit your application to Dr Simon McIlroy at simon.mcilroy@qut.edu.au

Your application must include:

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

What happens next?

This scholarship will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. For more information about the scholarship or application process, please contact Dr Simon McIlroy at simon.mcilroy@qut.edu.au

Conditions

This scholarship will follow the QUT Postgraduate Research Award rules. In addition to the living allowance stipend, the successful applicant will receive student allocation funding of up to $8,000 towards ancillary project costs such as conference travel and an IT package. International students will receive a HDR tuition fee sponsorship.

About the scholarship

Project title: Illuminating the microbial world using genome-based fluorescence microscopy

Project Summary: 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. This project will be supervised by Professor Gene Tyson, Dr Simon McIlroy and Dr Ben Woodcroft – School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health.

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