Location University of Melbourne, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Joint PhD positions between Australia and Germany

The International Research Training Group between The University of Melbourne in Australia and the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn in Germany was established in 2016. It offers various PhD student projects to study immunology and immunity to infection.

The Bonn & Melbourne Research and Graduate School (Bo&Merang) focuses on the role of
myeloid immune cells and adaptive immunity in the context of infection and inflammation.
Students will perform the core of their PhD project in Melbourne and will spend 1 year in Bonn,
jointly supervised by internationally leading principal investigators from both universities.

Melbourne is internationally recognized for excellent research on immune cell subsets and the
study of immunity to microbial infections. Bonn is a major centre of immunological research in
Germany with research strengths in inflammatory diseases, microenvironmental and
transcriptional immune regulation and immune pattern sensing. These research areas at
Melbourne and Bonn are highly synergistic and the scientific exchange between Melbourne and
Bonn has created a superbly conducive environment for the training of students. PhD projects
will be fully embedded in the coordinated training programs at both locations.

The research projects address immunity to viral hepatitis, Malaria, Salmonella, Legionnaires'
disease, influenza, HIV, melanoma and Alzheimer's disease, study mechanisms such as
inflammasome activation, cross-presentation, nucleic acid detection and immune cell
communication and use advanced methodology like transcriptomics, proteomics, bioinformatics
and intravital imaging. For further information on the individual projects and the supervising
scientists see http://bomerang.iei-bonn.de/bomerang.html

We are seeking passionate PhD candidates who are highly motivated to solve scientific
questions with modern immunological approaches in a competitive environment. The ideal
candidate holds a M.Sc. with an above-average university degree in Biology, Immunology,
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related fields with proven interest in immunology. Candidates
with experience in relevant immunological research will be given priority. Excellent written and
spoken English skills are mandatory.

Candidates can apply by submitting their credentials, CV and motivation letter to the address below. Candidates fulfilling the selection criteria will be interviewed by Skype or in person. 

Please send your application, preferably by email to:

Dr Marie Greyer
Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity
The University of Melbourne


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Marie Greyer