The Department of Biomedical Sciences is an integral part of Macquarie University’s Health Science Centre and is committed to improving patient health through world-class fundamental and translational medical research. We are currently offering three-year PhD scholarships to outstanding candidates wishing to undertake research training in the following core disciplines:
  • Anatomy
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Cancer biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

Why should I study at Macquarie University?

  • Our department offers a dynamic training environment, focused on a cross-disciplinary collaborative approach that integrates cutting edge proteomic, genomic and cell biology methods with unique animal models and human tissue analysis.

Prospective students can apply for a PhD in one of the following research programs within our department:

  • Motor Neuron Disease and Neurodegeneration
  • Melanoma Cell Biology
  • Cancer Proteomics
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Bacterial biofilms in medicine
  • Neurobiology of vital systems
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Pulsatile function of the cardiovascular system
Please visit our PhD information web page for more information on the available projects.

We are looking for international and domestic candidates who have:

  • Completed a Master of Research (MRes) degree (or equivalent) and achieved excellent results
  • Achieved all requirements for direct PhD entry (including English requirements) and are competitive for scholarship
  • A high level of motivation and a keen interest in medical science
  • Excellent communication, teamwork and project management skills
  • Demonstrated aptitude for undertaking laboratory work
To find out more about projects and our research, please visit our website and PhD information

Prospective PhD applicants should refer to the Higher Degree Research Office webpage for information on:

Program eligibility criteria
How to submit an application

Before you apply, please ensure you first make contact with a researcher listed against the project you are interested in applying for.

For international and domestic scholarship opportunities visit here
  • Some applications close 31 August 2015 for 2015 and 2016 enrollments.
  • Please contact the Faculty HDR office for general enquires: [email protected]

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Construction of a biochemical reaction network model to predict the chemical patterns arising from complex processing steps in cocoa

Jacobs University Bremen is a private, state-recognized, English-language research university, offering Bachelor, Master or PhD programs in the focus areas Health, Mobility and Diversity. The guiding principles are first class research and teaching, international diversity and transdisciplinary cooperation. Jacobs University’s goal is to prepare young talents from all around the world to take on the new challenges in today’s globalized workplace. Currently, more than 1,300 students from over 100 nations live and study on the residential campus.

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  • The collaborative project COMETA (COcoa METAbolism) analyzes the precise chemical composition of cocoa beans from various origins. The overarching goal is to develop new rapid quality tests for cocoa classification, processing, and planning requirements for raw material. This project bridges cutting edge research areas, including Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry, and Systems Biology, with direct industrial applications in a unique, highly interdisciplinary framework.
  • The aim of the PhD project is the elucidation of chemical and metabolic reactions of industrial processing steps, such as fermentation and roasting to determine quality indicators for flavor and other relevant chocolate characteristics. Solely considering intermediates of the cocoa metabolism is insufficient as these processing steps are performed under non-physiological conditions, e.g., high temperature. Within this PhD project, a metabolic model of the cocoa bean will be reconstructed and interfaced with chemical databases, in order to predict the chemical scope of the system under diverse conditions. Mapping the identified quality indicators back to the assembled cocoa processing model allows an a priori assessment of the chocolate quality, for instance for a quality test directly on the plantation.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Statistical analysis of various high-throughput data sets for predicting quality indicators
  • Development of software tools for data integration and management
  • Identification of processing step-specific chemical and metabolic markers
  • Reconstruction of a processing model including the relevant chemical and metabolic reactions for the quality indicators starting from the identified markers


  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in Bioinformatics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science or a similar field
  • Solid knowledge of biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Strong programming skills including Python and R
  • Experience in mathematical modeling
  • Experience in handling high-throughput data
  • Knowledge of analytical chemistry and structure elucidation would be beneficial
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment and good communication skills including fluent in spoken and written English
  • Willingness to travel

What we offer

  • We offer an innovative, multidisciplinary, and dynamic research environment with a strong international profile and close connections to industry partners. The PhD position is available for a period of three years.

How to apply

Letters of application must be received by August 31st, 2015, for consideration. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a CV, contact details of two references and a short letter of motivation electronically to: Prof. Dr. Marc-Thorsten Hütt ([email protected]) and Dr. Sergio Grimbs ([email protected]). Please, feel free to contact us for informal inquiries and additional information.

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Phosphorus (P) is a non-renewable resource essential as fertilizer to ensure sufficient food production. Phosphorus in Danish waste water is estimated to cover 15-25% of the Danish demand and consequently constitutes an important source for recycling of P.
We are looking for a motivated candidate to study recovery of P from waste water. The candidate should have a strong background in both biology and chemistry. Experience with analytical chemistry and characterization of materials by e.g. NMR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction will be preferred. The candidate should be independent and able to communicate fluently in English, have good writing skills as well as possess good interpersonal skills.
The PhD scholarship is within the area of biogeochemistry and analytical chemistry and will be linked to the research at the Freshwater Ecology Group at the Department of Biology and the Inorganic Chemistry Group at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark.

University of Southern Denmark - Presentation – 2013

  • The PhD candidate will be appointed to the Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark with a main supervisor Kasper Reitzel ([email protected]) and a co-supervisor Ulla Gro Nielsen ([email protected]) from the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy.
  • The starting date is 30 September 2015. Application deadline is 15 August 2015.
  • For further information please contact Associate Professor Kasper Reitzel, tel.: +45 6550 2774, e-mail: [email protected].

Application, salary etc.

  • Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years. Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the scholarship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.
  • The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement of 1 July 2013 on salaried PhD scholars between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).
  • The successful candidate will be enrolled at this university in accordance with faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).
  • The university encourages all persons interested in the position to apply, regardless of their age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.

Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:

  1. A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page excluding references)
  2. A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box "Application form")
  3. Detailed CV, including personal contact information
  4. Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes
  5. At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please have them use e-mail: [email protected] mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.
  • Further information about the PhD-study can be found at the homepage of the University.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically using the link below.
  • Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.
  • Please read How to apply before you apply.
  • Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. This also applies to reference letters.
  • Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

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Marie Curie PhD Training Network

This network, bringing together 7 European Universities and 5 collaborating academic and commercial partners, offers 17 Early Stage Research (ESR) PhD training positions for 36 months.  The PhD projects will be based around genomics/transcriptomics but with strong immunology, statistics and bioinformatics.
  • The MELGEN European Training Network (ETN) will create a co-operative environment for research and training in melanoma research, with the ultimate aim of improving precision medicine for patients with this disease. In recent years remarkable progress has been made in melanoma research, which has led to the introduction of the first treatments to prolong life in patients with advanced disease: both targeted treatments and immune therapies.

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  • Although genomics has yielded a wealth of information on the genomic alterations in melanoma, further characterisation is urgently needed in order to predict responses to combinations of targeted therapies and MELGEN will address this need. The dramatic responses seen in melanoma patients to immunotherapies indicate that immune responses to melanoma are crucial, and we need to better understand what predicts response in order to improve treatment strategies, particularly in the adjuvant setting.
  • MELGEN will explore host/tumour interactions and detect biomarkers of response to treatment. The academic centres and several commercial partners of this network will address these research questions using unique samples and data sets and the most sophisticated technologies, including genomic and transcriptomic analyses, functional genetic screens, CRISPR genome editing, iPS cell-based disease models, liquid biopsy technology, developmental statistics and bioinformatics.
All students will be expected to have a good level of English as the basic language of the network is English. Please take good note of the rules for ETN training networks. They are designed to encourage movement within Europe and therefore applicants may only have lived for 12 months in the previous 3 years in the country of supervision. There are a total of 17 posts available in this call.

Projects available:

University of Leeds, UK

Lund University, Sweden

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

University of Oslo, Norway

Universitätsklinikum Essen, Germany

University of Zürich Hospital, Switzerland

Key benefits:

  • Generous salary and additional allowances to cover living costs and travel, including a contribution to some family related expenses and the cost of annual travel back to the home country.
  • Opportunities for international collaboration and travel to world class academic and industrial partners.
  • Participation in the GenoMEL melanoma genetics consortium scientific meetings (
  • Training in a range of state-of-the-art scientific skills, complimentary skills, intellectual property, and project management skills.
  • Training will include a 2 week introductory course on genomics, statistics and bioinformatics at Leiden University Medical Center, and a statistics and bioinformatics course in year two.
  • There will be training in the use of social media and other technologies in communicating science to scientists and to the general public, and students will take part actively in this throughout their training
  • Secondment placements between network partners including Universities across the network and genomics, bioinformatics, and biomarker development commercial companies
  • Committed supervision from academic units with integration between groups and commercial partners

How to apply

Within the details of each research project listed above are details of contact email addresses for those who seek further information.  Applicants may apply for up to three of the projects and must prioritise these as 1 (most preferred) to 3. Applicants will be asked to submit the following information to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Graduate School at the University of Leeds -[email protected]:
  1. Personal Statement of application
  2. CV including details of 3 academic referees
  3. Degree Transcripts and Certificates
  4. Certificates of English Language Qualifications
The closing date for application will be 26 June 2015.  Recruitment to these posts will involve a two round process: shortlisted candidates will undertake an initial interview via Skype or teleconference in the week beginning 6 July 2015; successful candidates from the first round will then be asked to attend a two-day interview event held at Leiden University Medical Center in Leiden, The Netherlands on 4 and 5 August 2015 alongside candidates for all 17 ESRs funded by the MELGEN ETN.  Final round applicants who are unsuccessful in being appointed for their chosen ESR may be considered for other MELGEN ESR positions if they wish, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria of the hosting institution.
  • Candidates must be available to start the position by 1 January 2016.

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Two PhD positions are available in the Lab of Prof. Stefan Westermann in the Centre for Medical Biotechnology at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. The Westermann lab studies fundamental mechanisms of eukaryotic cell division with a focus on chromosome segregation (see for example, Hornung et al., JCB 2014, Malvezzi et al., EMBO J. 2013, Schleiffer et al., Nature Cell Biology 2012) and the microtubule cytoskeleton (e.g. Mieck et al., eLife 2015, Zimniak et al., Current Biology 2012). The group uses a variety of experimental approaches including protein biochemistry, yeast genetics and single-molecule microscopy to study the sophisticated machinery that segregates the genome. For more information please visit:

Offen im Denken:Open in thinking

  • Applicants should have a keen interest in fundamental aspects of cell biology and a proven background (typically indicated by a Master or Diploma degree in Biology or related fields) in biochemistry, genetics and/or microscopy. Candidates will benefit from the highly interdisciplinary and international research environment at the ZMB ( and will be associated with the BIOME PhD program.
Start of the position: 01.10.2015 or later
Duration of contract: 3 years
Application deadline: 13.07.2015
  • Applicants should include a statement of motivation and the names and contact details of at least two referees. Please send applications with reference code 248-15 to [email protected]. Please note that applications cannot be returned.
  • The University Duisburg-Essen aims at promoting the diversity of its members and considers aspects of competence that derive from age or origin of the applicants (see Applications from disabled or equivalents according to § 2 Bas. 3 SGB IX are encouraged. The University of Duisburg-Essen has been awarded for its effort to promote gender equality with the “Total-E-Quality-Award”. It aims at increasing the share of women in the scientific personnel and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. Women will be preferentially considered when equally qualified according to the state equality law.

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2 PhD positions in Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology

The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists is a global prize, established in 2013, aimed at rewarding scientists at an early stage of their careers. Science/AAAS and SciLifeLab have joined forces in creating the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists to recognize excellence amongst young researchers from around the world.
The international Prize is awarded annually to four young scientists for outstanding life science research for which he/she earned a doctoral degree in the previous two years. Each year, a Grand Prize winner is selected from the applicants to receive 30,000 USD in prize money. The three other category winners are awarded 10,000 USD each for their accomplishments.

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists 2014

  • The grand prize winning essay will be published in Science and essays from the three category winners will be published online.
  • In addition, all four winners of the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists will be invited to Sweden in December to take part in in a unique week of events in honor of science – with the opportunity to meet with leading researchers in their field. The annual award ceremony and banquet is held in the Grand Hôtel Hall of Mirrors in Stockholm – the original venue of the Nobel prize banquet.

The 2015 categories are:

Important dates

August 1, 2015 Application deadline for the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists 2015
December 4, 2015 Announcement of the four winners (press embargo)
December 7-12, 2015 Prize event week in Stockholm & Uppsala, Sweden. Ceremony and banquet on December 9.

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Two applications are considered from a highly motivated individual to join our laboratory as a PhD student with strong interest in the areas of systems biology/bioinformatics/computational biology at the University of Regina’s (UofR) Research and Innovation Centre. Our research activities are aimed to characterize the networks of physical (protein-protein) and functional (gene-gene) interactions, underlying major cellular processes in model organisms or humans for understanding the global molecular wiring of the cellular processes and identifying novel therapeutic targets as well as therapies for the treatment of human diseases. The individual will use the state-of-the-art biochemistry, genetics, and computational methodologies such as R and Bioconductor packages to generate and analyze high-throughput data set, including the development and implementation of new computer methods and algorithms to generate protein and functional interaction networks. The PhD candidate will perform high-quality research and will also benefit by working closely with the experimental and computational biology groups at the University of Toronto. The successful candidate will be eligible for a departmental stipend through teaching assistantships for pursuing the PhD program, and will devote time towards the fulfillment of departmental requirements as well as research objectives.

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  • The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in biochemistry, computational biology, bioinformatics, or equivalent education with excellent academic records and training in human biology and biomedical sciences. The individual should have experience in handling high-throughput data analysis such as RNA-Seq, genetic or protein networks, and programming skills including R scripting, Perl and Java. Individual with prior experience in both computational and wet (experimental) labs is a plus.
  • The candidate will be registered as a PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry or Computer Science, depending on the qualifications, and will work in Dr. Babu’s laboratory, which is located in the new state-of-the-art research and innovation centre at the UofR, which houses world-class research facilities.
  • The individual should be driven, enthusiastic, independent thinkers with strong interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently and efficiently in a team environment. This position requires candidate with excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and written, and should have proven expertise in writing research articles, and strong desire to publish high-quality research papers.
To apply please send a single PDF file containing a covering letter describing your research experience and interests, a CV, and contact information of at least three references to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

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Biology has developed into a quantitative, information-driven science. We are seeking doctoral students for the DFG-funded Research Training Group "Computational Systems Biology" (CSB) which focuses on the system-level understanding of biological data using computational methods. CSB is embedded in the thriving Berlin life-science environment and involves high-ranking research institutions such as Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics and Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin-Buch.
  • We are looking for highly-motivated students with a strong interest in systems biology and mathematical modelling. Successful applicants must hold the equivalent of a master's level degree in life sciences, mathematics, biophysics or computer sciences. The PhD positions are offered for 3 years. The salary is according to the German TV E13 scale (66%).
  • We offer an excellent training program in computational systems biology, supervision by at least two experienced scientists, and multifarious opportunities for developing local and international collaboration.

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The PhD Program in Biomolecular Sciences of the Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO), University of Trento (Italy), announces the call for 10 PhD student scholarships beginning November 1st, 2015.
6 scholarships funded by the University of Trento for general projects. The selected candidates will undergo a lab rotation in the Cibio labs.

Directed scholarship:

  • n. 1 scholarship funded by CIBIO – Centre for Integrative Biology to be carried out at the Armenise-Harvard laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics and directed to the topic: “In vitro and in vivo characterization of prostate cancer secretome and its roles in tumour progression and androgen deprivation resistance”. Principal investigator: dr. Andrea Lunardi

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Scholarships on specific research topics:

  • 1 scholarship funded by The Microsoft Research – University of Trento Centre for Computational and Systems Biology (COSBI), that requires specific competence assessed during the oral examination and reserved for the topic: “Modeling of human neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases from multi-source data”. In this project the candidate will build algorithmic and network based model of the molecular events associated with neurodegenerative diseases pathophysiological process, including the potential association with metabolic disorders, relying on experimental data and public domain data. This study will help in understanding the molecular pathways altered in the disease and investigating the role of metabolic alteration in disease development and progression. The design and realization of the study will be done at COSBI (see Preferred skills: a master’s degree in Bioinformatics, Systems Biology or closely related disciplines with knowledge in data manipulation procedures is preferred. Some experience in neuroscience will be a plus. Principal investigator: Prof. Corrado Priami
  • n. 1 scholarship funded by CIBIO – Centre for Integrative Biology, that requires specific competence assessed during the oral examination and which project will be carried out at the Neurodegenerative Diseases andTranscriptional Neurobiology laboratories. Scholarship is reserved for the topic: “The impact of chloride signaling dysregulation in neurodegeneration”. Neurodegenerative diseases, are characterized by accumulation of toxic proteins into aggregates. Proteins acquire their biologically active and thermodynamically stable native conformation through a sequence of structural rearrangements and are sensitive to micro-environment. Changes in the pH and ion composition of intracellular space may result in aggregation. Altered chloride homeostasis has been observed in neurological disorders and genetic mutations impairing Cl transport are responsible for epilepsy, neuropatic pain, and Alzheimer’s disease. Small changes in chloride concentration can have big impact on the transmembrane gradients, membrane currents and potential. In this project, we will test the hypothesis that altered [Cl] causes neurodegeneration through altered protein folding. To test our hypothesis, we will pursue these specific aims:
  • To characterize the effect of unbalanced Cl concentration on protein misfolding and aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases.
  • To determine the impact of altered Cl metabolism on neurotoxicity.
  • To establish alterations of Cl homeostasis in living animals.
  • Expertise in molecular and cellular biology along with skills in gel electrophoresis and protein immunoprecipitation are requested, along with an excellent knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases. The ability to use the fluorescent and confocal microscope is a plus. The optimal candidate should be proficient in English.
    Principal investigators:
    dr. Maria Pennuto
    dr. Manuela Basso
  • n. 1 scholarship that requires specific competence assessed during the oral examination, funded by Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), and reserved for the topic: “Cloud computing bioinformatics solutions for predictive analytics of big omics data in pharmacogenomics”. The research activity will take place at the Predictive Models for Biomedicine & Environment Lab (FBK/MPBA, Complex Data Analytics Research Line of FBK, possibly in collaboration with international pharmacogenomics companies. Skills requested: machine learning for biomolecular profiling, bioinformatics for functional genomics (microarray or NGS) and solutions for developing bioinformatics pipelines in HPC or cloud infrastructures. Previous experience of collaboration with international research labs will be positively considered.
    Principal investigator: dr. Cesare Furlanello
  • The Academic year starts November 1, 2015.
Announcement of selection: Rector's Decree n. 311 of 18.05.2015, published in this webpage on May 22, 2014 – available in the “Download Box”*
*please note that only the Italian version of the call is legally binding, the English version is provided for information only.
  • Candidates are recommended to complete the online application well in advance before the deadline, in order to avoid possible technical problems or overcharge of the connection and/or of the application systems.

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