Expression of Interest One Health Project and Scholarship

ProjectBlocking transmission of medically important alphaviruses
ScholarshipCSIRO-University of Melbourne One Health PhD Scholarship valued at $148,750
Lead SupervisorProf John FAZAKERLEY (University of Melbourne) & Dr Prasad PARADKAR (CSIRO)
Co-SupervisorDr Julio RODRIGUEZ (University of Melbourne) & Dr Jean-Bernard DUCHEMIN (CSIRO)
InstituteUniversity of Melbourne & CSIRO
Project Duration3 years full time commencing 2017
EnquiriesApplications should be directed to Dr. Julio Rodriguez
Closing DateExpression of Interest closes 5pm, 3rd January 2017

Who Can Apply

Applications are welcome from applicants who hold or expect to hold:

  1. A 4-year honours degree with H2A average or higher (or equivalent from other countries) in a relevant discipline and research experience comprising at least 25% of the final year.
  2. An undergraduate degree and a Masters degree with H2A average or higher in a relevant discipline and research experience comprising at least 25% of one year of full-time study.
  3. Applicants’ prior study and/or professional experience must normally have been undertaken within the past 10 years.
  4. Successful applicants must expect to devote at least 40 hours a week to the PhD project.

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences PhD course information:

How to Apply

Enquiries and expressions of interest should be directed to Dr. Julio Rodriguez. To apply, please send:

  • A detailed CV
  • Names and addresses of two referees
  • A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities and key publications and including a statement about your interest in the project and in the concept of One Health.
  • Academic transcripts of prior studies, including grading scheme structure

Person Specification

The preferred applicant will have an undergraduate background in a bioscience/biomedicine field with strong molecular/cell biology content. Experience in research (at undergraduate or postgraduate level) involving virology/vector biology themes would be considered favourably. Laboratory experience in techniques such as cell culture, Western blot, PCR, virology, mosquito biology are highly desirable. Applicants will be primarily based at the University of Melbourne (host institution), and will be expected to undertake a component of collaborative research work at AAHL, Geelong.

Project Details

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD project at the University of Melbourne and CSIRO in the field of mosquito-borne viruses, specifically alphaviruses.  This PhD project will determine various factors responsible for transmission of medically relevant alphaviruses.

The project will compare mosquito infections of viruses like chikungunya and Ross River virus. Other emerging viruses will also be considered. The project will initially involve work using viral infectious clones in cell culture followed by validation in mosquitoes to understand whether infection with one virus affects competence of mosquito for other virus. The overall objective of this One Health research project will be to identify viral factors responsible for vector competence of mosquitoes and possible intervention strategies to block infection in mosquitoes.


The CSIRO-University of Melbourne One Health Scholarship is funded by both institutions to support research in the area of One Health. The total package is valued at ~$150,000 per annum over 3 years, subject to satisfactory academic progress.

The annual stipend is valued at $31,000 p.a. plus benefits and conditions consistent with the Melbourne Research Scholarship scheme such as limited leave, a one-off relocation allowance for overseas or interstate based students, and a one-off thesis binding allowance at completion. In addition, $10,500 p.a. is available for research support, consumables and conference attendance (up to a maximum total of $36,750 over the candidature period).

The scholarship is managed by the University of Melbourne and the stipend and benefits payable through Melbourne Scholarships. The $10,500 p.a. research support is payable via the enrolling department and funds must be managed to support the student’s research project at the discretion of the primary supervisor and taking into account the student’s needs.

The student will be based for the majority of their candidature at the University of Melbourne however a portion of candidature will be based at AAHL, Geelong. The period of time at each location may vary according to the needs of the project. Students may need to be prepared to travel to both sites.


  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by Friday 15th January 2017.
  • The successful applicant will be invited to submit an online University of Melbourne application form.
  • Applicants should note that the offer of a PhD place must be taken up by 30th March 2017 on a full-time basis.