Identifying new targets for treatment of antimicrobial resistant infections

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.

Driven by the introduction of antibiotics and vaccines, deaths from infectious diseases declined markedly during the 20th century. These unprecedented interventions paved the way for other medical treatments; cancer chemotherapy and major surgery would not be possible without effective antibiotics to prevent and treat bacterial infections. The evolution and widespread distribution of antibiotic-resistance elements, and the lack of new antimicrobials, threatens the last century of medical advances; without action the annual death toll from drug-resistant infections will increase from 0.5 million in 2016 to 10 million by 2050. New treatments are desperately needed including new antibiotics and alternative treatments such as phage. This project will address the molecular basis for the basis of phage interaction with the bacterial cell envelope and the potential for using this knowledge to treat antibiotic resistant infections.

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 Ian Henderson

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 genetics, biochemistry, or molecular microbiology would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

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

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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