Title PhD Scholarship at University of Technology Sydney
Location University of Technology Sydney – School of Life Sciences
Job Information

PhD Scholarship available to investigate an emerging tick-borne illness in Sydney


University of Technology Sydney – School of Life Sciences

City campus (predominantly). The project also involves a large component of fieldwork. Consequently, the succesful PhD candidate will be required to collect ticks from various locations in the greater Sydney metropolitan area.


Equivalent to the Research Training Program Stipend (previously known as Australian Postgraduate Award) at the 2017 base rate, as detailed here.

The Opportunity:

Join the School of Life Sciences Molecular Parasitology Research Group, in collaboration with the Department of Microbiology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, to help uncover the aetiological agent of an emerging tick related illness in the Sydney region. Following a parliamentary inquiry into an illness of unknown aetiology associated with tick bite, we are seeking a motivated PhD student to collect ticks from Sydney and its surrounds to investigate them for the presence of microbes that could be responsible for this illness.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements:

Applicants must fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at UTS. Click here for details. The successful applicant will possess at least an undergraduate degree, preferably with training in the areas of microbiology and molecular biology, and a first class Honours or Masters degree. They will demonstrate a high level of academic achievement. Relevant industry experience will be considered. Applicants with a background in Linux/Unix operating systems and programming skills (in Perl, Python, R etc.), seeking a new challenge, with an interest in biology are strongly encouraged to apply. Due to the fieldwork component, an Australian drivers license is required. Applicants must be an Australian permanent resident or citizen.

Application Process:

Applicants will first submit an expression of interest (EOI) statement. This will include a short covering email, with an attached document containing a paragraph and several dot points describing your skills and justifying why they should be considered. This will be no more than one page, size 12 Arialfont with double line spacing. As part of the EOI, the applicant must also provide a complete scan of their academic transcript and degree testamur or equivalent. Following EOI shortlisting, the strongest applicants will be invited to submit a full application (FA) where a complete cover letter and CV will be provided. This will include a list of any publications, achievements and other relevant information. The FA will also include the contact details of two academic referees. The strongest FA’s will be shortlisted for interview. The interview can be performed via Skype if necessary. Interviews will be performed in English. Email all EOI’s and FA’s to Dr Joel Barratt at the email address provided below. Please include “TICK PHD” followed by either “- EOI” or “- FA” in the email subject heading where relevant.

Key Dates:

EOI’s open 30th of January 2017. Candidates are welcome to email their EOI to Dr Barratt from that time. EOI shortlisting will commence late March to early April. Invitations to submit a FA will be dispatched late May to early June. Those shortlisted to submit a FA will be personally notified of their FA due date. Interviews will commence in July. Official enrolment in the PhD program will occur by the UTS Spring census date: 25th of August 2017.


Dr Joel Barratt