Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location Griffith University, Environmental Futures Research Institute
App. deadline 05/08/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Open to international applicants

Understanding resistance and tolerance to chytrid fungal disease in amphibians to improve conservation

Professor Hamish McCallum’s research team has a PhD opportunity available for a highly motivated applicant to study frog chytrid fungal disease (3 year PhD).

You can find a flyer (with photos) for this PhD opportunity here:

Wildlife are in peril. Chytridiomycosis (caused by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) is the most devastating disease threat to biodiversity ever recorded. It has caused the decline and extinction of hundreds of frog species around the world.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make a direct conservation impact by working with endangered frog species of eastern Australia. You will be working with captive endangered Fleay’s barred frogs (Mixophyes fleayi) to investigate infection dynamics and mechanisms of disease resistance and tolerance that contribute to population recovery. You will also have the opportunity to get into the field, and to develop modelling skills.

The project is funded by an Australian Research Council grant, and the PhD scholars will be supervised by Prof. McCallum and Dr. Laura Grogan (from Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia), and Dr. David Newell (from Southern Cross University in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia), among others.

Prof. McCallum is a leading international disease ecologist, and his research team studies a range of important wildlife diseases.

To be eligible, applicants must have first-class honours or equivalent. Peer-reviewed publications are advantageous. The successful applicant will be offered a PhD scholarship stipend (AU$27,082 pa) plus project funding and support.

To apply, submit a CV and one-page statement of your research interests to Dr. Laura Grogan by 5th August, 2018, with the subject line “PhD application”.

The Griffith University annual scholarship round closes 3rd October, 2018, and requires a written project proposal (to be discussed with potential supervisors), which is why our application closing date here is 5th August, 2018.

Griffith University is situated in sunny subtropical Brisbane in the state of Queensland, on the east coast of Australia. For more information about the research team, please visit:

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You can find a flyer for this PhD opportunity here:

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Dr Laura Grogan