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Two PhD position available: Development and Evolution of Ovary Size

Two fully-funded PhD positions are available for highly-motivated candidates interested in understanding how the environment modifies developmental processes to produce plastic phenotypes, starting any time in 2019-2020.

Project 1: This is a jointly supervised project between Christen Mirth and Carla Sgrò’s labs. We are specifically interested in developing a project that explores how environmental conditions regulate development to change the relationship between ovary and body size.

To find out more about the interests of our groups, please visit: and

Project 2: This second position is jointly supervised between Christen Mirth, Lan Nguyen and Sungyoung Shin. Here, we aim to uncover how nutrition affects the timing of ovary development using a combination of approaches from developmental genetics and systems biology. To do this, we will use modelling approaches to extract information about how interactions between genes make the ovary sensitive to nutrition.

To find out more about the interests of our groups, please visit: and

The PhD stipends are fully funded for a period of 3.5 years and are open to all applicants, domestic and international. The stipends include all course fees plus $27,353 AUD per annum tax-free. Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree and either an Honours, Master of Science, or MPhil degree with first class honours and at least 6 months of full time research experience.

If you are interested in joining us please send:

  • a cover letter outlining your research interests and motivation to participate in one of the projects,
  • your CV,
  • and your academic transcripts

to We look forward to hearing from you!