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PhD Project Opportunity – Microbiome Research Centre, St George Hospital


We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student with a background in dietetics to join our liver cancer research team at the Microbiome Research Centre (MRC), St George Hospital. It is a great opportunity to join a multidisciplinary team of researchers in a supportive environment to help you achieve your research goals. Our research group at the MRC focuses on the role of the microbiome in the pathogenesis of liver disease and liver cancer.


Project: A PhD project is available to explore the role of the diet in liver cancer development, recurrence and response to immunotherapy. You will have access to a large cohort of participants recruited across several sites in NSW and Victoria. Your expertise in dietetics will be required to collect, interpret and analyse diet-related data from participants recruited to the study. Your research will play a pivotal role in other ongoing projects such as the development of a microbial-based biomarker model for the early detection of liver cancer in Australia (a $4 million grant awarded to A/Prof Amany Zekry by the Medical Research Future Fund).


About you: We are looking for applicants that are passionate about research in the field of dietetics. All applicants must meet the UNSW PhD admission criteria and hold an appropriate UNSW bachelor degree with upper second-class honours; or a completed Masters by Research from UNSW with a substantial research component and demonstrated capacity for timely completion of a high-quality research thesis; or an equivalent qualification from a tertiary institution as determined by the Faculty Higher Degree Committee (HDC).


Benefits of the position:
• An opportunity to join a multidisciplinary team leading microbiome research across several disciplines of medicine
• Be in an environment that encourages growth and development
• Access to a large cohort of participants
• Possibility of applying for a scholarship and top-ups for suitably qualified candidates
• Experience the UNSW culture of equity, diversity and inclusion

How to apply: To apply, please send a cover letter detailing your research experience and interest in the project, your academic transcript and CV as well as contact details for two referees to a.zekry@unsw.edu.au.