Genetic architecture and evolution of complex traits across populations

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.

Most human traits have a genetic component and display substantial diversity within and among populations. How natural selection changes and maintains genetic variation in human traits is a long-standing question in evolution that the team aims to answer. The successful candidate will develop and use innovative statistical methods to analyse large genomic datasets across populations of different ancestral backgrounds. This project expects to generate new knowledge on the roles of natural selection in shaping the genetic variation in traits, identify key factors that drive the differentiation of human populations, and improve polygenic prediction of complex traits and diseases across ancestries.

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)


Dr Jian Zeng

Institute for Molecular Bioscience


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 statistical genetics models or analysis of genome sequencing data would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of statistical genetics, quantitative genetics, population genetics, bioinformatics or statistics and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of evolutionary genetics is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 3, 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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