• Description:

    The University of Queensland invites applications for a fully-funded PhD scholarship in Chemical Sciences, specifically focusing on the development of molecular diagnostics for antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. This project, based at The Centre for Superbug Solutions within the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, aims to revolutionize infection detection and treatment through advanced molecular imaging techniques.

    This Earmarked scholarship project aligns with a recently awarded Australian Government grant. The successful candidate will receive a living stipend of $33,641 per annum (tax-free, 2024 rate), indexed annually, along with tuition fee coverage and single overseas student health cover (OSHC). The project, led by Dr Rhia Stone, aims to develop molecular diagnostics using fluorescent tracers for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) whole-body imaging, potentially leading to a paradigm shift in infection detection and treatment.


     Applicants will be assessed on a competitive basis, considering their previous academic record, publication history, honors and awards, and employment history. A working knowledge of synthetic organic chemistry is essential, with practical experience in constructing small molecules being beneficial. Background or knowledge in synthetic chemistry, radiochemistry, microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, and mouse handling is highly desirable.


    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Academic transcripts
    • Cover letter expressing interest and suitability
    • Contact details of two referees
    • Any additional relevant documents

    How to Apply

    Interested candidates should commence no later than Research Quarter 1, 2025. The application process involves submitting a PhD application and selecting the UQ Earmarked Scholarship type under the ‘Scholarships and collaborative study’ section. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Rhia Stone (rhia.stone@uq.edu.au) to discuss their interest and suitability before applying. No separate scholarship application is required.



  • Fields

    • Chemistry

    • Microbiology

  • Qualifications

    • Master

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