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PhD position available!

We invite applications for a PhD position in microbial evolution. The successful candidate will work on a fully funded project investigating the evolutionary genetics of multidrug resistance in bacteria, aiming to gain a better understanding of distributions of fitness effects of resistance mutations and their epistatic interactions, as well as the repeatability and predictability of resistance evolution. Methods to be employed include high-throughput fitness assays, whole genome sequencing, experimental evolution and mathematical modelling. This is a joint project with and will be co-supervised by Isabel Gordo (Gulbenkian Institute, Portugal).

We are looking for a highly motivated student with a strong background in evolutionary biology, population genetics and/or microbiology. Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, Master of Science, MPhil or equivalent. Good communication skills, quantitative skills, scientific curiosity and enthusiasm for research in evolutionary biology are essential. The successful applicant will receive a full tuition fee waiver as well as a living stipend.

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.

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 Screening of applicants will begin 21/1/2019. 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.

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