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PhD Studentship: Developing Novel Genetic Disease Models for Dementia

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sydney - Australia
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend (AU$28,597 per annum)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th January 2022
Closes: 31st March 2022
Reference: 20213731

Supervisory Team: Prof Lars Ittner 

Project Description

Considering a career in neuroscience and dementia research? Did you recently complete your studies in Biological/Medical Sciences with an Honours and were thinking about a PhD? Want to acquire a Master of Research along the way? – The Dementia Research Centre (DRC) is offering a MRes/PhD-stipend to develop next-generation cell/animal models for dementia research. The DRC is internationally renowned for developing disease models to study dementia. Using and advancing the latest CRISPR genome editing technologies, this project will overcome the limitations of current disease models (that are based on the overexpression of human pathogenic proteins) in order to provide a better understanding of neurodegeneration and accelerate translation of novel therapies into clinical trials. The multidisciplinary research program of the Dementia Research Centre at Macquarie University provides ample opportunities to learn and apply cutting-edge technologies to decipher mechanism in brain function and diseases. Please follow the links for more information on the DRC (https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/healthy-people/centres/dementia-research-centre) and study opportunities in the DRC (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj1qY0cNWF8). 

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree or equivalent) in Biological/Medical Science and allied subjects/relevant disciplines. Enthusiasm to work in an interdisciplinary environment with a strong interest in Neurosciences, Genetics and disease models is highly desirable. Training in all areas of the PhD and professional development opportunities will be provided.

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a MRes Year 2 + PhD Bundle program or direct entry 3-year PhD program. Excellent candidates may be considered for direct entry into the PhD program in accordance with HDR rules at Macquarie University.

Closing Date: 31/March/2022

Funding: The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of AU$28,597 per annum (in 2021 tax exempt for up to 4 years - indexed annually).

How to apply

To find out more about the project please contact Prof Lars Ittner (lars.ittner@mq.edu.au.). Please quote reference 20213731 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

All applications require full supporting documentation and a covering letter, including supporting statement indicating how the applicant’s expertise and interests link to the project.

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