Melbourne Scholarships

PhD scholarship in Surgical Research

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), based at the Melbourne Children's, is the largest child health research organisation in Australia.  It includes Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Institute. Our Vision and Mission is to be a major global contributor to the creation of knowledge and to obtain knowledge to improve the health of children. 

Infection and Immunity researchers work to address important health problems that impact children both locally and globally. This includes the investigation of non-communicable infections, immune conditions and allergies that affect Australian children at all stages of childhood. A major focus of the Theme is vaccine development, in particular vaccines that can be delivered children in developing countries, ensuring they are protected from preventable diseases.

Project Title: Analysis of gene regulations on gonocyte transformation into spermatogonial stem cells 

The aim of the project is to understand the molecular mechanism and regulation of early postnatal germ cell development/transformation of gonocytes (stem cells forming sperm) into spermatogonial stem cells (SSC) to provide possible clues for optimal timing of surgery for UDT to prevent infertility and testicular cancer.



A PhD scholarship of $30,000 per annum up to 3.5 years is available for a candidate to pursue this project, subject to satisfactory academic progress. 

The living allowance may be indexed annually and includes limited paid sick, maternity and parenting leave. Please refer to the Graduate Research Scholarships Terms and Condition for further information.



  • Honours or Masters degree in science/biomed/medicine
  • Keen to work in the laboratory setting with disease models and human biopsies
  • Working with Children & National Police Clearance (if appointed)


Formal application should include:

  • A certified copy of your academic transcript, including grading information,
  • A copy of your CV, including information on any relevant publications, and
  • A 500 word statement of research interests, and brief details on how you would undertake the project.


The selection committee will assess applicants for the scholarship based on:

  • academic merit
  • faculty scholarship score
  • demonstrated skill in the relevant research area


Outcome will be notified by 31 October 2017.

More information

Please visit or contact Dr Ruili Li.

Number available


Current round

Opens: 5 July 2017
Closes: 2 October 2017

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