Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location Western Sydney University, Graduate Research School
App. deadline 01/07/2018
  • Scholarship available
Project ID 2018_105_SOM
Eligibility Australian residents only

SOM: Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

Combating Antimicrobial Resistance School of Medicine Scholarship code: 2018-105.

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The Ingham Institute conducts world-class medical research and Western Sydney University is one of its key partners. Founded by the community for the community, the Ingham’s award-winning researchers are dedicated to finding better ways to improve health.

About the project

We are now offering The Robert and Norma Ingham PhD Scholarship to a highly motivated PhD candidate to work within a School of Medicine research group (based at the Ingham Institute) addressing the global health issue of antimicrobial resistance. The project is funded through 2021.

New antibiotics are desperately needed and this project will explore the potential antimicrobial activity of novel compounds, particularly in the context of key hospital pathogens. In addition to susceptibility screening techniques, a variety of molecular approaches will be utilised to explore the mechanism of action for promising compounds. While based at the Ingham Institute, this project will involve working with external collaborators and industry partners.

About Robert (Bob) Walter Ingham AO and Norma Dorothea Ingham

Born in Casula, New South Wales, Bob was brought up working with his father on the family-run poultry farm and piggery, which he and his brother inherited when their father died in 1953. Bob married Norma in 1953, a girl who also grew up in South West Sydney. The woman behind the man. They had four children.

A leading businessman, he is well known for his distinguished achievements in building Australia's largest poultry company, Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd. 

He is equally well known for his interests in racing and breeding thoroughbreds as Australia's largest and most successful racehorse owner.

Bob has never lost his connection with South West Sydney, where he has in fact lived and worked all his life and where he continues to live today.

Community giving has always been important to Bob and it is a value recognized and followed by his family.It was through his vision and generosity that today we have the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research located in South Western Sydney.

His goal was to establish an Institute that would provide a platform for world-class research and a link for research to health services, academic institutions, health education and clinical practice. Bob's endorsement and participation with Western Sydney University and the PhD scholarship program is an extension of this vision, creating opportunities and demand for young doctors and world-class researchers here in South West Sydney. It is a program he is immensely proud to be associated with.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000 per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset.
  • Support for conference attendance, fieldwork and additional costs as approved by the School.

Eligibility criteria

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to apply their skills to key issues in combating antimicrobial resistance. In particular, the project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in microbiology and microbial resistance to antibiotics.

The successful applicant should:

  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • demonstrate strong academic performance in subjects relevant to microbiology and/or biology.
  • have an understanding of the importance of antimicrobial resistance.
  • be willing to learn analytical techniques applicable to microbiology.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

International applicants are not eligible for this scholarship.

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All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Graduate Research School.

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Applications close 1 July 2018

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