Biological control of malaria vectors

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.

Malaria plagues the Southwest Pacific and with resistance to antimalarials growing, vector control is the mainstay in reducing malaria but mosquitoes are adapting to these tools. Our team are exploring the potential for a malaria resistant mosquito with the capability to drive malaria resistant traits through populations. The candidate will join a team now exploring the potential of developing a malaria refractory gene-drive Anopheles farauti mosquito that is an important malaria vector through the Southwest Pacific region. This PhD project will permit the potential of this technology to be explored further through population genomics and mathematical modelling and help progress a regulatory pathway for to field releases.

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)


Associate Professor Nigel Beebe

School of Biological Sciences


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.

A working knowledge of insect molecular biology would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

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

A background or knowledge of mathematical modelling 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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