PhD Studentship in Computational Modelling of Single Molecule Dynamics

Aug 11, 2016
Jan 31, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Queensland Brain Institute

Established in 2003, QBI ( is housed on the St Lucia campus of UQ. It is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 41 group leaders, working across a range of disciplines, who are focused on discovering the fundamental mechanisms that regulate brain development and function in health and disease. 

Over the past decade QBI has become known as one of the world's leading neuroscience research institutes. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in the 2010, 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

The role

Super-resolution imaging techniques now provide unprecedented quantitative information on the spatio-temporal changes in individual protein behaviour in live neurons. Advanced computational tools are required to quantify the dynamics of single molecules from these experiments, and computational models are essential to link single molecule dynamics to neuronal functions such as synaptic transmission. The successful candidate will develop new computational tools and models to infer critical biological insights from the super-resolution imaging experiments. The candidate will join the established groups of Professor Geoffrey Goodhill and Professor Frederic Meunier at the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland. He/she will work with an interdisciplinary team of mathematicians, physicists, engineers and experimental neuroscientists. To know more about the groups and its leaders, Professor Geoff Goodhill and Professor Frederic Meunier, please go to the following links:

The person

Expressions of Interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic science graduates ideally with a background in mathematics, physics or engineering. Candidates will have a First Class Honours degree or equivalent and should be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent.  Some expertise in computer programing is required. Previous experience in modelling biological systems would be helpful.

Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, including English language requirements, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. Demonstration of research ability through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is desirable.

Entry requirements can be found at:


Selected prospective students will receive assistance to apply for either the APA or, for international students, an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). The current APA scholarship rate is AUD$26,288 per annum (2016 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years with a possible six month extension in approved circumstances. A top-up scholarship ($5,000 per annum) may be available to the successful candidate.  For further information on scholarships refer to:


To discuss this role and for further information, please contact Professor Geoff Goodhill (