PhD Scholarship in Synthetic Biology, Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

PhD Scholarships - Synthetic Biology, Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (two positions)

Job No.: 616442

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment


The successful applicant will receive a tax-free stipend, at current value of $29,000 per annum 2020 full-time rate, as per the Monash Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend

The Opportunity:

The Synthetic Physiology group at Monash University applies bioengineering and synthetic biology to discover new genetic approaches for cell biology and tissue regeneration. The group is based at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI; and a part of the EMBL Australia Partnership Laboratory Network (EMBL Australia; The group is headed by ARC Future Fellow Dr Harald Janovjak, and further information can be obtained on the group web site,

The goal of a new and innovative project in the group is to enable studies of protein families and their function in living cells on an unprecedented scale. Currently, no methods are available that allow genetic modification of hundreds of protein-coding genes with high throughput, fidelity and speed. A new research technology with this capability will be developed here and applied to, for example, fluorescent modification or optogenetic modification of all members of disease-related protein families (e.g., all kinases or all transcription factors). This technology will be achieved through a combination of cutting-edge methods, including but not limited to high throughput cloning, long-read next generation sequencing and high content microscopy. The end goal is to obtain genome-wide information of protein function and protein localization to understand molecular mechanisms of disease occurrence and progression.

Two scholarship opportunities are available to domestic students. The first scholarship will focus more on establishing this next generation technology by combining concepts of synthetic biology and cell biology. The second scholarship will focus more on applying this next generation technology to study genetics and physiology.

The ideal start date is April 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (FMNHS) is Monash University’s largest research faculty. World-class researchers work across disciplines including laboratory-based medical science, applied clinical research, and social and public health research.

Established through a joint venture between Monash University and the Victorian Government, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) builds on the University's existing strengths in biomedical research, and supports the critical infrastructure required to deliver the next generation of discoveries in regenerative medicine.

Selection Criteria

Applications are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic graduates with relevant backgrounds (biology, biotechnology, physiology, or equivalent) that will have:

  • An Honours degree, Masters degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • Time management skills, with the ability to work independently.
  • Organisational and record keeping skills, with the ability to prioritise multiple tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Written communication and verbal communication skills, with proven ability to produce clear and succinct documents and presentations.
  • A demonstrated capacity to work in a collegiate manner with other staff in the workplace.

Interested applicants should refer to the entry requirements for Doctoral Degree (PhD) as per Monash’s requirements:

How to Apply - Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

Interested candidates should first send an EOI to Please state “EOI PhD scholarships – [First name, last name]” in the subject heading of the email, and please include the following:

  1. A cover letter that includes a brief statement outlining your suitability for the role;
  2. A curriculum vitae, including work and/or research experience;
  3. Your academic transcripts;
  4. A brief statement not exceeding 500 words in length that explains why you are interested in this project and area;
  5. Contact details of two references.

Those candidates who pass the EOI stage will be interviewed over Zoom or Skype if necessary. The interviews will be conducted in English.


Dr Harald Janovjak, ARC Future Fellow, EMBL Australia Group Leader,

Closing Date

Open Deadline (until a suitable candidate is recruited)

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