PhD Scholarships in Animal Behaviour and Molecular Nutrition and Neuroimaging

Scholarship 1 - Animal Behaviour and Molecular Nutrition

We offer a fully funded PhD scholarship in assessing the effect of early nutrition on brain/gut development and behaviour in piglets. You will carry out several piglet behaviour tests, data analysis using EthoVision XT - Video tracking software and biological sample analysis of gut microbiota, metabolites and cellular markers of intestinal functions using different qualitative analysis methods for selected target genes and proteins. See the advertisement for more information.

Scholarship 2 - Neuroimaging

We offer a fully funded PhD scholarship in assessing the effect of early nutrition on brain/gut development and neurotransmitters in piglets. You will use in vivo MR techniques (use of a 3.0 Tesla scanner) to visualize changes in cerebral development in collaboration with the Monash Bioimaging Centre. We are looking for talented students with a strong interest in novel early-life nutritional interventions on neurodevelopment and cognitive function. You also will carry out deep data analysis between MRI&MRS findings and animal behaviour and some biomarkers of brain and gut tissues.  See the advertisement for more information.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible to receive a scholarship applicants must be:

    1. Commencing a PhD in 2023

    2. Conducting their research on a full-time basis only

    3. Meet Charles Sturt University's standard eligibility requirements for entry to a PhD.

    Essential: First Class Honours or a Masters degree with a research component or many years’ experience in research with a strong track record of publication.

    Animal Behaviour and Molecular Nutrition

    Desirable: a background either in Medicine, animal science, nutrition science, gastroenterology, microbiology, neuroscience equivalent; independent; excellent writing skills with a track record of publication; an interest in the subject matter; and enthusiastic about working in piglet with analytical thinking, data analysis and critical problem-solving skills.

    Neuroimaging

    Desirable: a background either in Medicine, Neuroscience, Medical Physics, Engineering and IT, Nutrition, equivalent; and able to learn advanced imagine and data analysis; independent; excellent writing skills with a track record of publication; an interest in the subject matter; and enthusiastic about working in piglet with analytical thinking, data analysis and critical problem-solving skills.

  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: This scholarship is valued at $29,863 per annum payable in fortnightly instalments.

    Tuition Fees:
    Domestic candidates: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to 4 years (8 sessions) for PhD at full-time study.
    International candidates: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to 3.5 years (7 sessions) for PhD at full-time study.

    Operating Funds: Operational expenses will be built into the overall Animal Behaviour and Molecular Nutrition and Neuroimaging project budget.

  • Scholarship duration

    Domestic candidates:

    The scholarship is tenable for 4 years for Research Doctorate studies (4 years FTE tuition fee coverage and 3.5 years FTE for stipend allowance) subject to satisfactory progress.

    International candidates:

    The scholarship is tenable for 3.5 years for Research Doctorate studies subject to satisfactory progress.

    Scholarship candidates are entitled to 20 paid annual leave working days per year and 10 paid sick leave days per year, however, are not eligible for paid primary parental care leave or additional personal leave.

  • How to apply

    Applicants will need to apply for enrolment.

    Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates can apply for an Animal Behaviour and Molecular Nutrition or Neuroimaging – Gulbali Institute Scholarship when completing their Charles Sturt course admission application. When given the option to apply for a scholarship select 'Yes'; 'Full-time AGRTP' and 'Other'. Under 'Other' enter Animal Behaviour and Molecular Nutrition – Gulbali Institute or Neuroimaging – Gulbali Institute.

    In addition to the documentation required as part of the AGRTP Scholarship application, applicants will need to send an expression of interest (including a full CV and a brief cover letter of no more than two pages) outlining their experience and research interests to Prof Bing Wang via biwang@csu.edu.au.

Expressions of interest will remain open until a candidate has been selected. Please submit a brief application including an enrolment application, CV and expression of interest as per the details outlined in How to Apply.

Contact: Prof Bing Wang at biwang@csu.edu.au