PhD scholarships in biological chemistry

Two PhD positions are available in the laboratory of Dr Ivanhoe Leung in the areas of structural and mechanistic enzymology and biological chemistry.

Position information


Dr Ivanhoe Leung


Australian/domestic/international students who are currently based in Australia or New Zealand


30th April, 2021 (AEST)

Project description

The positions are funded by the Melbourne Research Scholarship scheme. Successful candidates are to use recombinant protein technology to produce proteins for structural and functional characterisations. One of the projects will involve studies of enzymes that are important for bacterial metabolism and the other project will focus on enzymes that are involved in plant ethylene biosynthesis.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to conduct research at the interface between chemistry and biology, and to receive training in molecular biology, enzymology, structural biology and biophysical chemistry. Depending on the progress of the projects students may also have the opportunity to work in a collaborator’s laboratory in microbiology or plant science.

Successful candidates will be based at the Bio21 Molecular Science & Biotechnology Institute at the University of Melbourne. The expected commencement date is July 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.


  • The positions are open to both domestic (citizens and permanent residents of Australia and citizens of New Zealand) and international (citizens of all other countries and holders of Australian visas other than permanent residency) applicants.
  • Due to the closure of the Australian border, only candidates (domestic and international) who are currently located in Australia or New Zealand will be considered.

To be considered for entry, you must have completed

  • A 4-year undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a relevant discipline, including a substantial research component (equivalent to at least 25 per cent of 1 year of full-time study), with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 75 per cent in your final year subjects or equivalent, or
  • A masters degree in Chemistry or a relevant discipline, including a substantial research component (equivalent to at least 25 per cent of 1 year of full-time study), with a WAM of at least 75 per cent or equivalent, or
  • A qualification and professional experience considered to be equivalent.

English Language Criteria

You must meet the University’s English language requirements for graduate courses. If you plan to take one of the approved English language tests, check the English language test scores required for the Faculty of Science’s courses.

How to apply

Direct informal enquiries to Dr Leung, In your email include a CV, cover letter and your current/predicted grades. If successful, you will be invited to submit a formal application via the University of Melbourne system. Research group information is available on Dr Leung's Find an Expert profile.

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