Opportunities

Current vacancies for PhD students

A recently awarded grant from the Australian Research Council provides funding for PhD scholarships on the development of new drug discovery technologies. Projects will establish drug targets from emerging viruses in the Nitsche laboratory (e.g. from Chikungunya virus) and use state-of-the-art biophysical methods (e.g. paramagnetic NMR spectroscopy) and screening platforms (e.g. fragment libraries) to understand protein-ligand interactions and discover new drug candidates. Please refer to our research directions and recent publications for more detailed information about our interdisciplinary projects.

The Australian National University is ranked amongst the top 25 universities in the world (QS World University Ranking 2019) and provides excellent opportunities for internationally recognised cutting-edge research projects. The Nitsche group is located at the Research School of Chemistry, which offers excellent state-of-the-art equipment and an interdisciplinary research program in a highly collaborative environment.

Applicants should possess a BSc Hons, MSc, or equivalent, majoring in a relevant discipline (e.g. biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, structural biology, medicinal chemistry). Candidates should show strong academic performance (e.g. publications in international journals, international patents or awards) and have excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong hands-on experience with relevant techniques, such as cloning, protein expression and purification, biochemical assays, bioorganic or medicinal chemistry will be considered favourable. Applicants must be eligible to enrol in a PhD with the Australian National University.

An initial application must include the CV and academic transcript. A full application will also require proof of English (e.g. IELTS), two academic references and a project proposal that demonstrates an understanding of the field of research. Tuition fee waivers are available for highly performing overseas applicants. As a rule, a First Class Honours degree or first-author publications in international journals are expected.

To apply contact Christoph directly.

General information

We are always seeking enthusiastic and talented applicants for undergraduate projects, summer scholarships, Honours and PhD positions within the group.

Our research projects are interdisciplinary. Therefore, we are interested in students with various backgrounds ranging from synthetic organic chemistry to protein biochemistry.

Prospective group members are expected to have qualifications above average and should be keen to work and think in a cross-disciplinary environment outside their respective discipline.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Christoph about more detailed information on available positions and projects.