PhD scholarship available at CSIRO

06 August 2013
A Postgraduate Scholarship of $28,000 per annum for up to 3 years is available for a motivated student with suitable skills to work with a dynamic team at CSIRO who are focussed on the development of a cellular therapy for the treatment of insulin-dependent diabetes.

The project is entitled Pluripotent Stem Cells as a Therapy for Insulin-dependent Diabetes, and requires the candidate to be located at the CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering facility in North Ryde, Sydney.  Here pluripotent stem cells are being differentiated towards insulin-producing cells, which when transplanted should develop into mature insulin-producing cells.  Placing them in microcapsules prior to transplantation may allow them to elude detection by the immune system of the recipient. 

This project is about exploring the boundaries of developmental biology and biomaterials in vitro and with animal models, to enhance the likelihood of success when clinical trials with diabetic recipients are eventually undertaken. 

Essential skills include expertise in aseptic techniques and tissue culture of mammalian cells, especially pluripotent stem cells; ability to be part of a team; and an Honours grade or equivalent of at least a Distinction or level 2.

Desirable skills include a knowledge of diabetes, ability to problem solve; small animal handling; molecular biological expertise and immunohistochemical skills.

The Scholarship is designed to assist the student with living expenses, and not to pay any university fees that may be required. If the student already has another Scholarship, such as an APA or equivalent, the value of this CSIRO Scholarship will be reduced to $14,000 pa.

Renewal of the Scholarship annually will be based on adequate performance as determined by the student’s supervisors.

It is expected the student will enrol through Monash University.

Enquiries can be made to Professor Bernie Tuch at or 02 9490 5053.

Applications close on 30 September 2013.