Job:Phd Scholarship - Statistical Genetics Group, University Of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
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PhD Scholarship - Statistical Genetics Group

  • Job No.: 494967
  • Area: UQ Diamantina Institute
  • Salary (FTE): APA Scholarship NON-BANDED ($24,653.00 - $24,653.00)
  • Work type: Full Time - Scholar
  • Location: Brisbane

The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute was established in 2007 as the sixth research institute of The University of Queensland. The aim of the Institute is to develop a better understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of disease, and to translate that understanding into practical outcomes for patients. Based at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital teaching campus in Brisbane, the Institute has almost 200 researchers and students who work closely with clinicians in the areas of cancer, immunology and genomic medicine. UQDI is the largest partner in TRI, and is building major programs in Immunology, Cancer and Genomic Medicine research, with a particular focus on research aimed at development of new treatments. Details of the research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the Institute's web site at

The Statistical Genetics group at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute aims to understand the genetic basis of common complex traits and diseases and develop statistical methodology to better accomplish this task. For more information on UQDI's Statistical Genetics Group and their contributions to genetic research refer to the website.

The Project

The successful Scholar will pursue a PhD degree in Statistical Genetics Approaches to Investigating Missing Heritability in Health and Disease within the Statistical Genetics Group at the UQ Diamantina Institute. The student will help develop and apply novel and existing statistical genetics approaches for detecting missing heritability in complex traits and diseases.

For more detailed information, click here for the project description.

The Person

A PhD is about learning new skills and learning how to do research. We recognise that students will come to us from different backgrounds in order to learn these new skills. Projects are fundamentally quantitative and computer-based, so evidence of quantitative aptitude is essential. We will consider students from a wide range of backgrounds including, but not limited to: genetics, maths, statistics, epidemiology, computer science, bioinformatics, molecular biology, psychology, and physics.

The candidate will have a 1st Class Honours degree or equivalent in science and should be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or University of Queensland Research Scholarship (UQRS) or equivalent (for more information, please visit


The base stipend will be at the rate of AUD$24,653 per annum (2013 rate) tax-free for three years with the possibility of a six month extension in approved circumstances. Top-up salary may be available to suitably qualified candidates.


Please send enquiries to Professor David Evans ( and see Enquiries can be received at any time. Start dates are throughout the year with the University allowing registrations commencing Jan 1, April 1, July 1 or Oct 1 each year.

For information about applying for a scholarship and for the full terms and conditions, please visit the UQ Graduate School website at

To submit an application for this role, refer to the website. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, CV/Resume and Academic Records (indicating GPA scores/grades).

Application closing date: 25 Sep 2013 11:55pm E. Australia Standard Time

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