PhD scholarship: Evolutionary systems biology and adaptation

University of Queensland


September 27, 2021


PhD scholarship: Evolutionary systems biology and adaptation

Apply now Job No:516107 Area:Faculty of Science Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($28,597.00 - $28,597.00) Work type:Full Time - Scholarship Location: St Lucia

Research Environment

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

In the Ortiz-Barrientos Lab we seek to understand the genetic and ecological basis of the origin of new species and traits. We combine empirical and theoretical approaches from multiple disciplines.

The award

Supervisor – Associate Professor Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos

This project seeks to used tools from evolutionary systems biology, computational biology, and evolutionary quantitative genetics to explore the theoretical basis of complex adaptations. The student will join the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture, and will be co- supervised by mathematicians and quantitative geneticists. The student will have freedom to choose amongst many options for theoretical development but will also work closely with empiricists to help test some of the predictions arising from the developed theory.

A working knowledge of mathematics, population and quantitative genetics, and using high performing computing would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of evolutionary genetics and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of R and Python programming is highly desirable.


The 2022 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$28,854 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for 3.5 years, with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy (conditions apply).


For further information, please contact Associate Professor Daniel Ortiz- Barrientos at +61 7 3365 1767

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

  • check your eligibility
  • prepare your documentation
  • contact Associate Professor Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship
  • When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  • Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative'
  • Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  • Select ‘Other', then ‘Research Project Scholarship' and type in ‘EVOLUTIONARY-ORTIZ-BARRIENTOS' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
  • See an example of what you have to do

    Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

    Applications close: 27 September 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time


    Advertised: 08 Sep 2021 Applications close: 27 Sep 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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