Fully Funded Scholarships in Biological Sciences at Macquarie University

Fully Funded Scholarships in Biological Sciences at Macquarie University in Australia

A fully funded scholarship is available for domestic and international students at the Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Facilitated Advancement of Australia’s Bioactives (FAAB) which is a multi-disciplinary consortium of 4 Universities and 13 Partner Organizations.

The successful candidate will benefit from an innovative training programme in technical and transferable professional skills for an exciting career in bioactives research and development. Candidates are also expected to spend up to 12 months in placements with industry partners.

You will be part of a diverse multicultural team of students and academics and work closely with industry partners on their bioactives R&D needs. As we are an ARC Training Centre, building the capacity of the future research workforce is core to FAAB activities which means you are expected to participate in professional learning that may or may not directly relate to your research topic but gives you the skills required to succeed in the modern R&D workplace. This includes placements in the industry of no more than 12 months. For these scholarships we particularly encourage domestic students to apply.

The project

In this project, molecular dynamics simulations will be used to provide practical guidance into experimental studies of various bioactive systems of relevance to the Centre. Simulations will be used to predict the structures and properties of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids.

The outcomes of the project will complement parallel experimental programmes in the Center and will provide practical guidance into the next experimental steps to realise the overall goals of the work.

The candidate

We are looking for candidates with a strong background in physical chemistry and a strong undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Materials Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Molecular Physics or similar, preferably with experience in molecular simulation or computational chemistry.

Excellent communication skills, including a strong command of both written and verbal English, is an essential requirement – as a minimum, applicants must meet a IELTS level of 6.5 or more overall, with no individual score below 6.

Candidates with an MRes or equivalent will enter directly into a 3.5 year PhD programme. Candidates with an Honours degree or who have completed the first year of an MRes programme (or equivalent) will be offered a 1+3 year funding bundle leading to dual MRes and PhD qualifications.

This position is for a fully funded stipend scholarship which covers tuition fees and a stipend for living expenses. The scholarship stipend (not taxable) is $36,161 per annum (2023 RTP rate).

How to apply for Fully Funded Scholarships in Biological Sciences at Macquarie University:

Contact Prof. Tiffany Walsh, E: [email protected]; [email protected]) with your CV and a cover-letter explaining why you are suitable for the proposed project. Applications are accepted until 1 November, but please note that applicants will be assessed on a rolling basis as applications are received. Therefore, the position may be filled with an available and suitably qualified candidate prior to the closing date. Successful applicants will be invited to apply for an MQRes FAAB Scholarship.


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