PhD Scholarship: Discovery and Development of New Diagnostic PET Tracers for Brain Cancer


Enrolment status New students, Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Health and Behavioural Sciences, Medicine, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value AUD$33,413 per annum tax-free (2019 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6 month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 4 July 2019
Closing date 29 July 2019

Scholarship description

The Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology (CIBIT) is a multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers at The University of Queensland’s Centre for Advanced Imaging and partners in the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceutical industry. Students will undertake industry-driven research to overcome bottlenecks in the development and application of novel diagnostics, therapeutics and theranostics and to inform changes in regulatory policy that support industry growth. Scholarships will include an industry placement for one year.

CIBIT’s research falls under two themes. This position is for Theme 1 projects: ‘Smart’ Probes: Diagnostics, therapeutics and theranostics for Precision Medicine in cancer.

Theme 1 Project areas include:

  • New methodologies for simple and efficient radiolabelling of peptides and macromolecules.
  • New theranostics, diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals, antibody-drug conjugates for cancers including glioma.

CIBIT is supported by industry partners Siemens Healthcare Pty Ltd, BGI International Pty Ltd, Inter-K Peptide Therapeutics, Clarity Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd, Minomic International Ltd, Theranostics (Australia) Pty Ltd, Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre, Uniting Care Medical Imaging Pty Ltd and Red Radiology Pty Ltd.


Applicants should have a background in medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, radiochemistry or pharmaceutical chemistry, with strong background in synthesis and medicinal chemistry. Previous experience in 11Carbon or 18Fluorine chemistry is desirable, but not essential. Applicants must be highly motivated and willing to learn different aspects of PET imaging.

Applications are closed.

Before you apply

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How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Professor David Reutens (

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s
  • English language proficiency (eg IELTS, TOEFL) if applicable

Selection criteria

Applications are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic graduates with backgrounds in medicinal chemistry, organic chemistry, radiochemistry or pharmaceutical chemistry, with strong background in synthesis and medicinal chemistry. Students may be domestic or international of high scholarly calibre and will have a First Class Honours degree, Master degree or equivalent. Applicants must meet the requirements for admission into the UQ Graduate School PhD program (, including meeting the English language requirements, and must demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. 

Applications are closed.


Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.