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PhD position available!

We invite applications for a PhD position on the interplay between host-parasite coevolution and parasite host-switching. This position is part of a joint program between The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) and the University of Exeter (Penryn campus, Cornwall, UK). The successful applicant will be jointly supervised by Jan Engelstaedter (UQ) and Ben Longdon (U Exeter). The project consists of a theory component (mathematical modelling) to be conducted in Jan Engelstaedter’s lab and an experimental component (using a bacteria-phage system) in Ben Longdon’s lab. Please see here for more details on this program.

The School of Biological Sciences is a large and research-intensive unit at the University of Queensland, one of Australia’s most prestigious universities. Brisbane is the third-largest city in Australia and offers mild subtropical climate, vibrant cultural life, plenty of outdoor activities and native wildlife. Likewise, the University of Exeter is a research-intensive university with a particular focus on ecology and evolution, and Cornwall is a beautiful part of England with a unique history and culture.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, academic transcript, names and contact details of two referees and a brief outline of their research interests to The application deadline is on 20/5/2019. Informal inquiries are welcome!

PhD students interested in other topics

If you are interested in our research but would like to do a PhD on a different topic, please send an email to, including a CV and outlining what area of research you would like to get involved in. UQ and its School of Biological Sciences offer several scholarship schemes for international students.

Honours students

Several honours projects are available, please send an email to outlining your research interests.


PostDoc applications are very welcome. Although currently, we don’t have any funding for postdoc positions, there are several UQ and Australian Research Council schemes for competitive postdoctoral fellowships. If you are interested in applying for any of these or other external funding, please get in touch.

Jacaranda bloom on St Lucia campus
Jacaranda bloom on St Lucia campus
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The Great Court, St Lucia campus