The PhD student will work on a collaborative project between Associate Professor Helen Cooper (Queensland Brain Institute) and Associate Professor Michael Piper (School of Biomedical Sciences). The Cooper and Piper laboratories focus on the molecular signalling systems governing the development of the neocortex and investigates how disruption of these pathways leads to cortical malformations and neuropsychiatric conditions. Their research focuses on neural stem cell function, neural differentiation and migration in the embryonic mouse brain. The successful candidate will lead a project investigating the role of netrin receptors and Nfix transcription factors in preventing cortical malformations such as hydrocephalus.
Expressions of Interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic, international and Australian, science graduates ideally with a background in neuroscience, developmental biology, cell biology, stem cell biology or molecular biology. You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful research career, good general research skills, a systematic approach to problem solving, very good writing abilities, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams. Candidates will have a First Class Honours degree or equivalent and should be eligible for UQ scholarship consideration.
Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, including meeting English language requirements, and demonstrating excellent capacity and potential for research. Demonstration of research ability through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is desirable.
For further information on entry requirements, please visit http://www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/our-research-degrees . Successful applicants must accept and commence within 6 months of receiving an award.