Submit your expression of interest for a Student Research Project

Mater Research offers research project opportunities across biomedical or medical research, nursing, midwifery or allied health for university students interested in undertaking an undergraduate, Honours, Masters by research, PhD or MPhil project.

Our current student research opportunities are listed below.

How to submit your expression of interest  

Step 1: Find a project
Review the current project vacancies listed below to find a project that matches your area of interest, and ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. 

Step 2: Submit your expression of interest application online 
Click the apply now button at the bottom of the project listing to and complete the online Expression of Interest application form. As part of your expression of interest application, you are required to provide an up to date copy of your CV as well as your most recent academic transcript. 

Step 3: Your expression of interest application will be reviewed by the project supervisor.
If your application is then shortlisted, then the project supervisor will contact you directly to advise next steps.

Current Student Opportunities

Macrophages are specialised phagocytic cells that are present in all mammalian tissues, where they play critical roles in homeostasis and host defence. This Project utilizes novel transgenic rat lines that are deficient in the major macrophage growth factor, colony stimulating factor 1 (CSF1) or its receptor (CSF1R), and a novel macrophage reporter rat. Specific projects focus on the role of macrophages in the control of development, physiology, homeostasis and repair in major organ systems including liver, muscle and the gastrointestinal tract.

Positions available for:
Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
Honours Student

Contact Person: Katharine Irvine
Email: katharine.irvine@uq.edu.au

The Role
Several PhD opportunities are available for a student with an Honours/Masters degree in a science related field to join the Stillbirth CRE at MRI-UQ. The candidate will have a strong interest in obstetrics and clinical epidemiology and good knowledge of clinical research studies. The successful candidate will be enrolled in a higher degree (PhD) by research at the University of Queensland and undertake a research project focusing on reducing adverse pregnancy outcome. The candidate will be responsible for all aspects of the study, including adherence to all relevant governing bodies, data handling and analysis and reporting. The student is expected to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals, and to contribute to funding applications relevant to the project. The student will be based at Aubigny Place, South Brisbane Campus.


Closing date: 30 Nov 2017

Positions available for:
Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
MD Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
Visiting Research Higher Degree
Summer/Winter/Short Term Undergraduate
Honours Student

Contact Person: Prof Vicki Flenady
Email: vicki.flenady@mater.uq.edu.au

Chronic liver injury from a variety of causes results in progressive inflammation and scarring of the liver (fibrosis), which can lead to liver failure, liver cancer and death. The global burden of chronic liver disease is growing, and there are currently no anti-fibrotic therapies to halt disease progression or stimulate fibrosis resolution. Macrophages have been called the ‘master regulators’ of liver fibrosis; with established roles in both tissue injury and initiation of fibrosis and in fibrosis resolution, repair and regeneration of hepatocytes and hepatic architecture. In this Project we are investigating how the roles of resident and recruited macrophage populations in the progression and resolution of liver fibrosis are shaped by the changing microenvironment at different phases of chronic liver injury. Ultimately, the identification of mechanisms and mediators of liver fibrosis and repair could lead to novel therapeutic targets.

Positions available for:
Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
Honours Student

Contact Person: Dr Katharine Irvine
Email: katharine.irvine@uq.edu.au

End stage liver disease (cirrhosis) is a major and increasing burden on the Australian health system. Regardless of the underlying cause of their liver disease, patients with cirrhosis are susceptible to a range of complications, with infections being one of the most clinically important problems, associated with a high utilisation of health resources and a marked reduction in life expectancy. Ascites is the most common complication of cirrhosis, and also the most common site of infection, as a consequence of gut bacterial translocation. In this Project we are investigating perturbations in the gut microbiome that contribute to pathological bacterial translocation, and how this contributes to impaired immunity to infection. We aim to identify novel gut-directed or immunotherapeutic approaches to alleviating the burden of infection, and minimizing the use of antibiotics, in cirrhotic patients.

Positions available for:
Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
Honours Student

Contact Person: Dr Katharine Irvine
Email: katharine.irvine@uq.edu.au

This project will investigate the genetics and pathophysiology of nutrient sulphate deficiency in human fetal and neonatal development. The project will incorporate clinical, biochemical, genetic and molecular biology approaches.

Positions available for:
Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
MD Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
Summer/Winter/Short Term Undergraduate
Honours Student

Contact Person: Paul Dawson
Email: paul.dawson@mater.uq.edu.au

Very premature babies are not able to coordinate suck and swallow and are therefore fed milk through a tube placed into their stomach. This study investigates whether premature babies have a better weight at discharge if they smell and taste their milk with tube feeding, as our pilot trial suggests.

Positions available for:
Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
MD Research Higher Degree (PhD or MPhil)
Honours Student

Contact Person: Friederike Beker
Email: friederike.beker@mater.org.au