PhD Student Scholarship Job in St Lucia QLD at The University of Queensland

Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), established in 2003 under the leadership of Founding Director Professor Perry Bartlett, has developed a reputation as one of the world’s leading neuroscience research institutes. Part of the University of Queensland, the Institute is home to over 450 scientific staff led by 38 Group Leaders. The importance of QBI’s research is demonstrated through publications in the most prestigious international journals and a very high success rate in NHMRC and ARC grants.

The award

There is one PhD project available under the supervision of Dr Matilde Balbi and Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri. Please note: Following the selection process, the candidate will be required to apply for a scholarship through the UQ Graduate Program.

PhD project: Neuromodulation to enhance behavioural resilience in an animal model of stress.

The association of stress with several mood disorders, including depression and other anxiety disorders is well established. Neuromodulation, which is the process by which neuronal activity can be altered using highly targeted external stimuli, is a rapidly growing field and is becoming a promising treatment for mental disorders. The aim of this project is to characterize the role played by specific neuronal population in the adult brain in the regulation of mood and cognition. We aim to understand whether and how the modulation of these neurons using brain stimulation can enhance behavioural resilience in a mouse model of chronic stress. This project uses a multimodal approach including molecular, neurocircuitry and behavioural systems to explore the relationship between the activity of a neuronal population and behavioural outcomes.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Dhanisha Jhaveri and Dr. Matilde Balbi at the Queensland Brain Institute and will carry out internationally competitive research in the area of neuroplasticity, brain stimulation, cognitive and mood related behaviour in mice models. The labs foster an open, supportive, and collaborative environment where to purse scientific excellence. This project will help develop the candidate’s skills in critical thinking, data management and analysis, writing and communication.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ. Please visit the Graduate School’s website.

Prior experience with rodents is favourable. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or related fields.


For further information, please contact Dr Matilde Balbi ([email protected]) and Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri ([email protected]).

How to apply

To apply, please email your resume to Dr Matilde Balbi and Dr Dhanisha Jhaveri along with a cover letter outlining your project interest. Please do not click the apply button.

About the Company

Company: The University of Queensland

Company Location:  St Lucia QLD

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