PhD scholarship: Structural biology of TIR domain-containing proteins


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually. Single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is also offered.
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Opening date 13 July 2021
Closing date 2 August 2021


Supervisor - Professor Bostjan Kobe

The successful candidate will be working under the direct supervision of Prof Bostjan Kobe as part of the project that aims to understand the mechanisms of action of proteins containing TIR (Toll/interleukin-1 receptor) domains. The successful candidate will be involved in using recombinant protein expression and purification, structural biology techniques such as X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy, enzymatic assays and protein interaction analysis approaches. During the course of the PhD, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to attend (inter)national conferences to present their research. The candidate will start the project in 2021.

A working knowledge of relevant techniques, such as molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, protein characterization and protein crystallization would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) combines the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Parasitology into a single academic unit. The common thread in our discipline mix is the capacity of molecular-based approaches to create understanding and underpin Discovery. The School has modern research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and research infrastructure. The School includes over 50 academic staff, who are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds.


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

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

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 ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘TIR-KOBEin the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of biochemistry and molecular biology, biotechnology, immunology, microbiology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of protein structure and function, and relevant techniques, such as molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, protein characterization and protein crystallization is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Professor Bostjan Kobe
+61 7 3365 2132
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.