PhD Scholarship: The molecular determinants of virulence and antimicrobial resistance in Gram-negative infections in children


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Health and Behavioural Sciences
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.
Opening date 12 December 2019
Closing date 19 January 2020


Gram-negative organisms are a significant cause of healthcare-associated infections. There is only limited understanding of the clinical and molecular epidemiology of these infections in Australian children.

The overall aim of this project is to explore the molecular determinants of virulence and antimicrobial resistance in invasive Gram-negative infections in children and neonates. The student will apply whole genome sequencing techniques in order to understand the transmission dynamics of both susceptible and resistant invasive Gram-negative organisms in children. The project capitalises on a national surveillance study of invasive infections in children and involves collaboration between pathogen genomics, molecular biology and clinical paediatrics.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow the link on the upper right of this page. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select the appropriate scholarship type, or select ‘other’ and type in ‘GRAM NEGATIVEin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

A background in pathogen genomics, bioinformatics, or molecular biology would be preferable.

Applications are closed.


Dr Adam Irwin
+61 7 3346 6075
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.