Sciences Bldg 21, James Cook University,
Townsville, 4811, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: 61-7-4781 6265 Fax: 61-7-4781 6078
POSTGRADUATE STUDIES IN GENETICS, BIOCHEMISTRY
AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology incorporates the Comparative
Genomics Centre and is one of the most research-active Departments at James
Cook University. Both basic fundamental and applied biotechnology research
are conducted within the department. The research activities of the Department
are supported by grants from national and international funding agencies
such as the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian Research
Council, the March of Dimes Foundation, Sugar Research and Development
Corporation, Welcome Foundation, Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation as
well as industry. These grants permit the Department to engage in
research that is at the cutting edge of the field.
The Department has a very strong commitment to research and the students who have completed postgraduate studies have had no difficulty in finding employment. An active seminar program that brings distinguished scientists from Australia and overseas to JCU is another unique feature of the Biochemistry Department, and the honours and graduate students benefit immensely from this activity.
Supervisors within the Discipline:
If a student has a specific
project in which they are interested they are encouraged to speak with
relevant potential supervisors to investigate the possibility (and feasibility)
of conducting research to investigate the specific research of interest.
Postgraduate Research Scholarships
Students interested in undertaking a PhD or Masters project in the Medical Genomics Group should contact Alan Baxter to discuss projects of mutual interest. Most higher degrees students would be expected to eligible for a scholarship through the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scheme, the James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship or an equivalent national or international scholarship.
The Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and James
Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarship (JCUPRS) are open to
applicants with, or who expect to hold, a first class honours degree or
equivalent by the end of the year and who wish to undertake full-time research
Masters or PhD program. In 2005 the stipends for an APA were $18,484 pa
(full time) or $9,906 (part-time). Additional funds are available for relocation
expenses, travel and thesis preparation. APA applicants must be Australian
citizens or have been granted permanent resident status and lived in Australia
continuously for 12 months prior to 31 October of the year of application.
and application forms can be obtained from the Research Scholarships Officer
or from the following website: http://www.jcu.edu.au/office/grs/scholarships/index.html
Closing Date: 31 October of each year
The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship
The International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) is a scholarship funded by the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). The main objective of this scheme is to attract top quality international postgraduate students to areas of research strength in higher education institutions and to support Australia's research effort.
The James Cook University IPRS will be awarded to outstanding students who will bring skills and expertise that will enhance the University's research activities or who will work within the University's recognized areas of research strength. Applications are assessed on academic merit and research potential.
You are eligible to apply if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand (Australian permanent residents are not eligible). You must be accepted for admission to a research degree program on a full-time basis at the University as an international student. You are NOT eligible to apply if you are:
For further information on the IPRS scholarship is available at: http://www.jcu.edu.au/office/grs/scholarships/index.html or email the Research Scholarships officer. For additional scholarships opportunities please go to: http://www.jcu.edu.au/scholarships/index.cfm.
How to apply to study at JCU
Application must be in writing and all hard copies of certified original transcripts and any additional documentation must be included. You can download an application form at www.isc.jcu.edu.au/applyingtostudy.cfm under Application Forms. Do not do this until you have discussed the nature of your proposed project with your potential supervisor and there is agreement that an application is appropriate.
Further information on completing postgraduate
studies at James Cook University is available on: http://www.isc.jcu.edu.au/