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Opportunities @ the McDonald Lab

Ph.D Opportunity

Experimental evolution of microbes


A fully funded PhD position is available to undertake research at the interface of evolutionary genetics and microbial ecology. The project will involve the handling and passaging of yeast and bacteria, whole genome sequencing, cutting edge molecular genetic techniques and DNA sequence data analysis. Specifics of the research project will be discussed upon application.


The ideal candidate for this scholarship will have some basic microbiology or molecular biology skills and experience with computer programming or statistical analysis. A strong background in evolutionary biology is of an advantage, but not strictly necessary.


The studentship covers all university fees and includes an annual stipend of AUD$26,300. The Monash University PhD program has been adapted to the multiple potential career outcomes of the 21st century PhD graduate, including extensive training and support.


Applicants must have a BSc(Hons) or MSc degree in a relevant discipline. Both local and international students are encouraged to apply.


Monash University is located in Melbourne - a city consistently ranked as the most liveable city in the world. Monash is one of Australia’s prestigious group of eight research institutions - this is your chance to work in a collegial, research intensive environment with access to excellent facilities.


To apply for the position, please send a cover letter stating your Research interests, a Curriculum Vitae, a copy of your academic transcript, and the names of two referees.


Enquires and applications should be sent to Dr. Michael McDonald at

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Honours Students

A limited number of positions for students who wish to enrol in the honours program are available. We have a diverse set of projects, involving experimental evolution in a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and even mammalian cell cultures. Students will learn any or all of the following: microbiology, molecular biology, robotic liquid handling, fluorescent cell sorting, whole genome sequencing and evolutionary data analysis. Students who are interested in doing an honours project in the McDonald lab should send an email to express their interest.

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