PhD Scholarship Opportunity in Obesity Research


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Clayton, Vic 



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PhD Scholarship Opportunity in Obesity Research

Job No.: 590911

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3 year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: Stipend $27,872 per annum

About the Position

The Cellular Signalling & Metabolic Disease Laboratory ( is seeking an enthusiastic student to conduct research on the central nervous system (CNS) control of energy expenditure in obesity.

It is now well appreciated that adipocytes are not simply fat storage cells, but can be subdivided into white, brown and ‘beige’ cells, with the capacity to store (white) or burn (brown & beige) fat. Together, these cells are fundamentally important in the control energy balance and whole-body adiposity. The abundance of beige adipocytes is diminished in obesity and stimulating their development holds promise for the treatment of obesity and metabolic disease. Recent studies from our laboratory have highlighted the importance of the hypothalamus in the CNS in controlling the abundance of ‘beige’ fat and energy expenditure.

The project will build on recent work form the laboratory published in Cell (Dodd et al., 2015), Cell Metabolism (Dodd et al., 2017) and eLife (Dodd et al., 2018) and use cutting-edge techniques including pharmacogenetic and stereotactic surgery to modulate neural circuitry and mouse genetics to determine how the ‘CNS-beige adipocyte axis’ may be subverted to perturb energy balance and exacerbate the development of obesity.

Candidate Requirements

All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study. In all cases, the qualifications described below must be from Monash University or an equivalent institution in the opinion of the Graduate Research Committee (GRC).

Exceptional graduate students with a high-level (H1) Honours degree, a Master’s degree with a significant research component, or qualifications deemed equivalent by the GRC, in the field of Physiology, Neuroscience, Cell Biology or a related discipline are encouraged to apply.

In addition to the minimum entry requirement, eligibility for a stipend depends on your circumstances. We award a range of scholarships through a competitive selection process based on your academic record, research output, and research experience. Further details on eligibility requirements can be found at:

Application Process

Application final deadlines are as follows:

  • International students 31 March 2019
  • Domestic students 31 May 2019

To apply for one of the advertised positions in the Tiganis laboratory, you must email Professor Tiganis directly at least one week prior to the deadline with the following information:

  • A cover letter including a brief outline (1 page) detailing your interest in, and suitability for, the project
  • A detailed curriculum vitae including academic transcript(s)
  • Names and contact details of 2 academic referees


For more details about the opportunity please contact: Professor Tony Tiganis, [email protected]



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