PhD in microbial evolutionary genetics

St Lucia, Brisbane (AU)
Living stipend ($27,596 per annum), plus tuition fee waiver and overseas student health cover
Dec 19, 2018
Feb 19, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
PhD / Doctoral

The Engelstaedter Lab at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, invites 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 Dr Isabel Gordo (Gulbenkian Institute, Portugal). For more information about our research, please visit and

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.


Dr Jan Engelst├Ądter
ARC Future Fellow & Senior Lecturer
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Queensland
Brisbane QLD 4072

phone: +61 7 336 57959
fax: +61 7 336 51655

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