The University of Newcastle, Australia

Investigation the Regulation of Androgen Biosynthesis and Androgen Action Under Normal and Pathological Conditions

Closing Date: 31 July 2020

PhD Scholarship

Four PhD scholarships are available to start work, in either August or December of 2020, in Professor Lee Smith’s research group at the University of Newcastle in their brand new lab. The PhD projects will utilise unique and cutting-edge transgenic mouse techniques to investigate the regulation of androgen biosynthesis and androgen action under normal and pathological conditions.

Project topics will be in the area of:

  • The fundamental biology of androgen biosynthesis by the testis and adrenal glands
  • The mechanism of androgen action in the body
  • The development of new approaches for gene therapy and gene manipulation in the testis, adrenal and pituitary.

Testosterone is well known for its role in male development, puberty and male fertility, but recent research has identified a much wider range of roles that combine to promote male health The projects will involve the use of a combination of in silico, in vitro and in vivo models, giving the candidate the opportunity to develop a range of techniques including cellular and molecular biology, CRISPR, use and development of transgenic mouse models, gene therapy and biotechnology, with work conducted in the brand new endocrine genetics laboratory at the University of Newcastle.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $28,092 per annum (2020 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: Professor Lee Smith

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

The candidate will join a growing multi-disciplinary team, consisting of experts in the field. Applicants should have a strong work ethic, self-motivation, developed communication and teamwork skills. We are seeking applications from individuals who have completed first class or second-class upper honours degree in a Biomedical Science or equivalent degree with laboratory experience

Application Procedure

For more information please contact

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 31 July 2020.

Applications Close 31 July 2020

Contact Professor Lee Smith
Phone (02) 4921 5906

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