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Applications are invited from motivated individuals who wish to undertake a PhD in exciting basic research on either liver immunology (Project 1) or liver fibrosis and hepatic cancer (Project 2).
Both projects will be based in the Centenary Institute, a centre of excellence in biomedical research affiliated with the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney located in Camperdown, NSW. Project 1 will be in the Liver Immunology Program and Project 2 will be in the Liver Enzymes in Metabolism and Inflammation Program. Both groups provide an outstanding research environment, including tools, mouse lines, expertise and the quality of PhD student supervision.
Each successful applicant needs to hold a PhD scholarship and will receive a yearly $15,000 Joan Krefft PhD scholarship top up of their scholarship for 3.5 years. The Joan Krefft bequest to the AW Morrow Gastroenterology and Liver Centre also funds project consumables.

Required Skills
A primary degree and research experience.
Project 1: some background and experience in immunology.
Project 2: a demonstrable interest in biochemistry, cell biology or pathology.

Further Details
Project 1
A/Prof Patrick Bertolino or A/Prof David Bowen
Phone: (02) 9565 6186
Liver Immunology Program
Patrick Bertolino Webpage

Project 2
Prof Mark Gorrell
Phone: (02) 9565 6152
Liver Enzymes in Metabolism and Inflammation Program
Mark Gorrell Webpage

Applications close 30 January 2020

Website PhD Scholarship Top Ups for Liver Research Projects


Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is an award-winning state-of-the-art medical research facility, with over 100 full-time scientists dedicated to researching the genes and proteins important for health and human development. CMRI is supported in part by its key fundraiser Jeans for Genes®. Our scientists are internationally recognised research leaders and foster excellence in postgraduate training. CMRI graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally. CMRI is located at Westmead, a major hub for research and medicine in NSW, and is affiliated with the University of Sydney.
Successful applicants will be awarded a Research Award, consisting of a $7,000 per annum top-up over the value of an Australian Postgraduate Award, for 4 years. Successful applicants will also be expected to apply for external scholarships with support from CMRI research leaders.
Projects are multidisciplinary with training in molecular and cellular biology techniques, with some involving mass spectrometry, proteomics,
bioinformatics, transgenic animals or live cell imaging.

Areas of CMRI research strength:

  • Developmental biology and genetic disease
  • Gene therapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Cancer

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must hold:
    – a relevant Bachelor’s degree with first or second class Honours, OR
    – a research Master’s degree, OR
    – at least 6 months of supervised research training.
  • Applicants must be available to start a full-time PhD at CMRI within 6 months.
  • International students are eligible to apply, but the CMRI award does not cover university tuition fees.

Website PhD Research Awards

Current list of PhD projects available



Generous postgraduate research opportunities are currently available to join the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production.

Applications will remain open until all projects are filled

Location: positions will be based at either the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine at the University of Adelaide (UA, Waite campus, SA) or The National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU, Wagga Wagga, NSW).

These projects offer a unique opportunity to work on industry-linked projects with leading grape and wine researchers and wine industry partners. All projects include an industry placement component. Available projects span the grape and wine production chain:

  • Inter-vine signalling via plant volatiles (UA)
  • Genetic basis of salt exclusion in grapevine (UA)
  • Rapid assessment of grapes prior to harvest to quantify fungal off-flavours and product composition (CSU)
  • Alternatives to sulfur dioxide for controlling Brettanomyces spoilage in wine (UA)
  • The impact of light on oxidative and reductive aging of wine (CSU)
  • Defining and exploiting the indigenous microflora of grapes (UA)
  • Efficient red winemaking by monitoring extraction and evolution of colour and polyphenols (UA)
  • Efficient red winemaking by monitoring extraction and evolution of colour and polyphenols (UA – Masters position)
  • Membrane filtration technologies for efficient wine processing and recovery of valuable extracts (UA)

Information on available projects can be found on the join us page of the ARC TC-IWP website along with eligibility, stipend and application information.  We encourage anyone interested in specific project(s) to get in touch with the listed project supervisor to express your interest and discuss the project in more detail before applying.

Applications are open to suitably qualified Australian domestic and international students.  Successful applicants will receive an indicative stipend of $32,302 per annum as set by the ARC for three years (PhD) or two years (MPhil) as well as generous project operating funds. 

The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (IC170100008) with additional support from Wine Australia and industry partners.


Training Centre Manager Dr Joanna Sundstrom

Training Centre Director Professor Vladimir Jiranek