A/Prof. Tim Mercer

Tim Mercer leads a laboratory and bioinformatic research group with interests in genomics, RNA and synthetic biology.

Dr Helen Gunter

Helen Gunter is an RNA biologist, with interests in developing novel RNA therapeutics.

Senel Idrisoglu

Senel Idrisoglu is a next-generation sequencing specialist with an interest in synthetic biology, aiming to improve RNA therapeutics.

Swati Singh

Swati is a PhD Candidate with a research interest in the design of novel RNA technologies.

Student opportunities.

Funded Ph.D. positions are available for students who wish to learn how to understand, design and synthesise genomes. PhD projects will be trained in methods of genomic, bioinformatic and synthetic biology to explore the transcriptional and translational architecture in a variety of organisms. We welcome student ideas and input to build projects that apply this understanding to address key questions in clinical research. 

The PhD degree at University of Queensland is a three year, research-intensive course, during which time the students will engage and lead cutting edge research projects that are published in international journals, and will contribute to their research thesis. 

Successful applicants will be supervised by A/Prof. Tim Mercer and Dr. Helen Gunter within The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), at UQ. This institute provides PhD students with support amongst a vibrant and diverse student body, with access to state-of-the-art technology and leading expertise. Successful applicants will be awarded a scholarship that covers salary (the current rate is $27,872 AUD tax-free per year), a waiver of student fees, and the option to supplement their salary through teaching assistance during undergraduate lab courses. The position includes funding for international and national conference visits and for all research costs.

The University of Queensland is a member of Australia’s “Group of Eight”—a coalition of research-intensive universities—and is internationally recognized for excellence in research and teaching. The Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) is a world-class research environment, with key strengths in genomics, proteomics, and synthetic biology.

We also welcome students wishing to perform research projects as part of the University of Queensland undergraduate Honours program. If you are interested, please contact us as above.

Applications: Interested candidates should send their CV, a copy of their academic transcript, and a cover letter outlining their research interests to t.mercer@uq.edu.au or h.gunter@uq.edu.au. Enquiries prior to application are welcome.