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PhD Scholarships 

At the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute we are committed to attracting, mentoring, developing and investing in the future of the best PhD students. Our objective is to develop the next generation of world class researchers.

We are proud to offer the following opportunities for PhD students:

  1. Victor Chang PhD Scholarship
  2. Simon Lee Foundation PhD Scholarship
  3. UWA PhD Scholarship
  4. Mark Cowley Lidwill PhD Scholarships
  5. PhD Scholarship - Regulatory Systems

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These prestigious scholarships are available to gifted PhD students enabling them to:

  • collaborate with world leading Faculty
  • have access to the finest laboratories and equipment
  • receive excellent mentoring and one-on-one supervision
  • be part of a rich learning environment that includes weekly research and education seminars
  • experience a research culture that values excellence, integrity, professionalism and mutual respect

Victor Chang
PhD Scholarship

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Victor Chang PhD Scholarship

The Victor Chang PhD Scholarship honours the memory of Dr Victor Chang and his passion for discovery. Dr Chang knew that while he could save hundreds of lives through surgery, he could save thousands more through research.

The successful Victor Chang PhD Scholar will receive a top-up of $10,000 per annum for three years (in addition $6,000 top up all PhD students at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute receive) to top up their existing RTP or equivalent postgraduate scholarship. They will also have the privilege of including the prestigious title of "Victor Chang Scholar" on their CV.

Applications close on 31 January 2020.

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It is the intention of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute that Scholarships will be awarded annually. However as the Scholarships are prestigious, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute reserves the right not to make an award if applicants in that year are not assessed to be of the required standard.

Simon Lee Foundation PhD Scholarship

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Simon Lee Foundation PhD Scholarship

In 1994, Mr Simon Lee AO established the Simon Lee Foundation in Australia to assist those beneficiaries that are not well supported by the public and to support them in a manner that improves the likelihood of them becoming self-sufficient. To this end the Simon Lee Foundation is pleased to support the PhD student program at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

Simon Lee Foundation Scholars will receive $10,000 per annum for three years (this is inclusive of the $6000 top up that all PhD students at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute receive) to top up their existing RTP or equivalent postgraduate scholarship.

Eligibility

  • Only full-time RTP (or equivalent) University Scholarship holders are eligible to apply
  • The Scholar must be under the supervision of either a Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Laboratory Head, or Honorary Fellow
  • Research must be undertaken primarily on the St Vincent’s Darlinghurst Campus or UWA
  • Research must be aligned with the strategic objectives and priorities of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
  • Only PhD students in the first year of their candidature are eligible to apply

Application Assessment

Applications will be assessed on the basis of:

  • the proposed reserach project
  • academic results
  • research track record (if applicable)
  • a demonstrated ability to communicate their research thesis and findings effectively to all stakeholders (eg scientific/academic peers, research institute administrators, philanthropic supporters and government agencies)

Application Process

After you have liaised with the relevant Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Laboratory Head in relation to a proposed research project and have applied for your PhD and RTP you may then apply for a PhD Scholarship by completing the application form and emailing your application to HR at recruitment@victorchang.edu.au or click on Apply Now.

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It is the intention of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute that Scholarships will be awarded annually. However as the Scholarships are prestigious, the Victor Chang Institute reserves the right not to make an award if applicants in that year are not assessed to be of the required standard.

UWA
PhD Scholarship

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UWA PhD Scholarship

Up to 2 scholarships are available to enable students with exceptional research promise to undertake a PhD in the Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Laboratory at The University of Western Australia in Perth.

The Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Laboratory is situated on the Crawley campus in the School of Human Sciences. The laboratory is led by Professor Livia Hool who is affiliated with Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute as Faculty-at-Large. Her research focuses on understanding the role of the cardiac L-type calcium channel in health and disease. Her team is characterising alterations in calcium channel function in ischemic heart disease and familial cardiomyopathies. The goal of her research team is the prevention and treatment of cardiomyopathy. The multidisciplinary research with collaborators from Harvard University, Washington University, Baylor Medical College, University of California Los Angeles, Sydney University, The Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia involves the use of innovative treatment approaches such as antisense oligomer exon skipping chemistry, nanoparticle technology and CRISPR technology to further enhance delivery and uptake of therapeutic peptides and oligomers into the heart.

Please contact Professor Livia Hool at livia.hool@uwa.edu.au for further information or click on Apply Now.

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It is the intention of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute that Scholarships will be awarded annually. However as the Scholarships are prestigious, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute reserves the right not to make an award if applicants in that year are not assessed to be of the required standard.

Mark Cowley Lidwill PhD Scholarships

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These scholarships are named in honour of Dr Mark Cowley Lidwill, an Australian Anaesthetist who invented the Cardiac Pacemaker. Up to 2 scholarships will be made available each year to enable students with exceptional research promise to undertake a PhD in Cardiac Electrophysiology.

The Mark Cowley Lidwill Research Program in Cardiac Electrophysiology is world renowned for its work on the molecular and cellular basis of inherited and acquired arrhythmia syndromes. Areas of expertise within the program that students will have access to include:

  • General molecular biology, cell biology and tissue culture
  • Analysis of mRNA and protein expression
  • Reprogramming and culture of human induced pluripotent stem cells.
  • Generation of cardiac myocytes and cardiac organoids from human induced pluripotent stem cells.
  • High throughput cellular and organoid phenotyping using automated patch clamp platforms, multi-electrode array, and high content imaging systems.
  • Computation skills required for analysis and visualisation of large-scale datasets.
  • Software engineering and computer programing
  • Membrane protein expression and purification
  • Protein structure determination using Cryo-electron microscopy single particle analysis and micro Electron diffraction.

Current research projects in the program include:

  • Single cell heterogeneity and cardiac electrical signaling: implications for abnormal heart rhythms
  • Development of adult human induced pluripotent stem cell derived atrial cardiomyocyte models for the study of atrial fibrillation
  • Gen-environment interactions in inherited arrhythmia syndromes
  • Determining the probability of pathogenicity of all missense variants in KCNH2, the genetic basis of congenital long QT syndrome type 2
  • Computer modeling of electrical signalling in the heart in health and disease
  • Mathematical analysis of ion channel function
  • The structural basis for promiscuity of drug binding to hERG K+ channels

For more information please contact:

Professor Jamie Vandenberg -  j.vandenberg@victorchang.edu.au 
Dr Adam Hill -  A.Hill@victorchang.edu.au   

PhD Scholarship - Regulatory Systems Lab

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Project Details

We are seeking a driven and motivated PhD student to join the Regulatory Systems Laboratory led by Dr Emily Wong at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. Our main goal is to understand gene regulatory control in aging and regeneration, using comparative genomics, novel technologies such as single cell sequencing and animal models. We are largely computational, but we also go beyond the dry lab to generate molecular data to address fundamental biology questions.

In this role you will have the opportunity to study the genetic and molecular mechanisms underpinning aging and regeneration using high-throughput sequencing. The successful candidate may also develop new methods to understand genetic systems.

 About you

We would like to meet you if you have:

  • Enthusiasm and passion for genome research
  • Undergraduate degree in genetics/genomics, molecular biology, computational biology, biostatistics or a relevant field
  • Experience in R, and a scripting language such as Python
  • Interest in using statistical methods
  • Good written communication skills
  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency
  • PhD stipend plus generous top up
  • Friendly team environment
  • State of the art facilities
  • Opportunities to attend meetings
  • Laptop and workstation

What we offer

At the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute we strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment. We value and are committed to providing a working environment that embraces diversity and gender equity.

For more information about this opportunity please contact Dr Emily Wong at e.wong@victorchang.edu.au.

To apply please send your CV to recruitment@victorchang.edu.au