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PhD opportunity in multi-scale models in immuno-epidemiology

La Trobe University
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Closing Date: 30th June 2021

We seek expressions of interest from prospective students to undertake a PhD in the research area: multi-scale models in immuno-epidemiology. The spread of a pathogen (for example, a virus or bacteria) through a population is a multi-scale phenomena, influenced by factors acting at both the population and within-host scales. At the population scale, transmission is influenced by how infectious an infected host is. Infectiousness in turn depends on the balance between pathogen replication within the host and immune/drug control mechanisms.  This project aims to develop new mathematical frameworks for simultaneously modelling these two scales. This will provide a platform for the rigorous study of complex biological interactions – such as the emergence and combat of drug-resistance – that shape society’s ability to control infectious diseases in human, animal and plant systems.

This PhD is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project led by Prof James McCaw and A/Prof Nic Geard at the University of Melbourne, and Dr Rebecca Chisholm at La Trobe University. The successful applicant will be based at La Trobe Bundoora Campus and work closely with all investigators.

Graduates with a strong background in applied mathematics and with strong programming skills in either Python, Matlab, or R are encouraged to apply. Experience in infectious disease modelling is preferred, but not essential.

Further details: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/scholarships/mathematical-models-in-immuno-epidemiology-phd-scholarship

How to apply

  • review details on how to apply for candidature at La Trobe University
  • contact Dr Rebecca Chisholm (r.chisholm@latrobe.edu.au), with any enquiries or to express an interest in the project.
  • when you have received in-principle agreement for supervision, complete and submit your application by 30 June 2021 for admission into La Trobe’s PhD program, indicating you wish to be considered for this scholarship on the application.

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for this scholarship. You will be advised of an outcome in July 2021.

OPTIMA PhD with industry placement

Monash University and University of Melbourne

We offer PhD opportunities with generous top-up scholarships at OPTIMA‘s two nodes, The University of Melbourne, Parkville and Monash University, Clayton. Our PhDs are 3.5 years that includes a minimum one year of industry placement, ensuring that our graduates are industry-ready upon conclusion.

We invite potential PhD candidates to submit an expression of interest. Through our application process, we determine which project best matches your skillset; you then may be offered a PhD at either of our nodes. Before applying, please familiarise yourself with each nodes’ admission requirements, as a PhD cannot be offered if you do not meet the universities’ stringent requirements, Monash University and The University of Melbourne. The universities will only process applications for OPTIMA students after you have completed this EOI, attended an industry interview and have been provided with an OPTIMA letter of acceptance.

Please note: International students are invited to apply but we cannot guarantee that a project will be available if you are restricted in travelling to Australia. This is a hurdle that OPTIMA can try help you overcome if you are the preferred candidate but we cannot guarantee a visa or a place at our nodes.

Please submit and expression of interest here.

Two mathematics PhD scholarships: University of Western Sydney and University of Western Australia

James East is advertising a PhD scholarship on diagram monoids/categories and transformation semigroups.  Applicants with related backgrounds are welcome to apply.  Closing date is 28 Feb.  Please pass this on to any students who might be interested.


John Bamberg, Michael Giudici and Gordon Royle are advertising a PhD scholarship on the “synchronisation hierarchy of permutation groups” – link is below. Applicants with related backgrounds are welcome to apply.  Closing date is 28 Feb.  Please pass this on to any students who might be interested.

PhD scholarship on ‘the synchronisation hierarchy of permutation groups’

Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation
University of Western Australia

Closing Date: 28 February 2021

We are advertising a PhD scholarship on the “synchronisation hierarchy of permutation groups” – link is below.

Applicants with related backgrounds are welcome to apply.
Closing date is 28 Feb.

Please pass this on to any students who might be interested. https://www.scholarships.uwa.edu.au/search/?sc_view=1&id=10764


Best wishes,

John Bamberg (UWA)
Michael Giudici (UWA) and
Gordon Royle (UWA)