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EMBL Australia Partnership PhD Program

EMBL Australia Partnership PhD Program

Undertake interdisciplinary, postgraduate research for a PhD degree at Australia's top life science laboratories.

Successful students will receive generous scholarships and travel grants while undertaking their PhD at an EMBL Australia laboratory in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide or Brisbane..

EMBL Australia is a life science network that maximises the benefits of Australia’s associate membership of The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Officially launched in 2010, EMBL Australia aims to strengthen the nation’s global position in life sciences by creating opportunities for:

  • internationalising Australian research via the EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network
  • training the best students and early-career researchers, and
  • accessing key international infrastructure.

Projects are available in the following areas:

  • Cell signalling & differentiation
  • Cellular organisation (cytoskeleton, membranes, intracellular trafficking and nucleus)
  • Chemistry & chemical biology (including drug development, delivery & immunotherapy)
  • Computational biology & modelling, bioinformatics
  • Disease models in animals, pathogens and molecular medicine
  • Engineering, including tissue engineering, protein engineering (eg. Immunoengineering), biomaterials, robotics & automation
  • Evolution
  • Functional genomics, genetics, gene networks
  • Gene regulation, transcription, chromatin & epigenetics
  • Imaging & image analysis
  • Infection & immunity
  • Macromolecular complexes, interaction networks
  • Microbiome research
  • Neurobiology (from brain development to physiology & behaviour)
  • Physics & biophysics
  • RNA metabolism, transport, processing & translation, ncRNAs & miRNAs
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Structural biology (including x-ray crystallography, electron microscopy, AFM, SAXS)
  • Synthetic biology & DNA nanotechnology
  • Systems immunology
  • Tissue morphogenesis, cell polarity & migration.
EMBL Australia Partnership PhD Program


EMBL Australia PhD students are based in four Australian cities:


  • ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging (Imaging CoE), based at Monash University
  • Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), based at Monash University


  • Single Molecule Science (SMS), based at the University of New South Wales. SMS is also the home of the NSW Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging


  • South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) associated with The University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Flinders University.


  • The John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University.


  • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute associated with Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland.

How to apply:

Current application round closes on 31 May 2019.

Applicants will need to apply online to EMBL Australia.

Interviews with short-listed candidates will be held in April by Skype or in person. Successful applicants will be notified by late April. Upon acceptance, students will be required to enrol and apply for scholarships through their Australian host institution. All PhD students are expected to commence by late 2019 or 2020.

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