Biochemical and electrochemical investigations of bacterial molybdenum enzymes

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Molybdenum enzymes are found in all domains of life where they carry out oxidation and reduction reactions that are essential for survival of the host (respiration, prodrug activation, detoxification, metabolism etc.). Understanding and harnessing this reactivity opens up biotechnological opportunities in the areas of sensing and catalysis. In this project a number of novel molybdenum enzymes will be studied by a combination of biochemical, electrochemical and spectroscopic methods.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Paul Bernhardt

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

The project will require the applicant to express and purify new bacterial proteins under supervision. Prior laboratory experience in this area will be an advantage.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of biochemistry and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of molecular biology and enzymology is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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