PhD Opportunity with top-up scholarship

From causes to cures: Improving health outcomes for women’s gynaecology and reproductive health

Expressions of Interest open now

About the Project

Nearly all women during their reproductive years (typically 12-50 years of age) will see their gynaecologist for benign gynaecological problems.  These include common disorders such as heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, infertility, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and menstrual disturbances due to contraception. Each of these problems can have a significant negative impact on physical, psychological, and reproductive health as well as quality of life and work productivity. Despite the significant healthcare, social and quality of life costs of benign gynaecological issues, research into these problems has been limited, with little advancement in novel treatments over the past 20 years.

Our group has a large patient network and an established biobank of gynaecological patient samples available for analysis. This project will investigate genes and gene pathways that contribute to the pathogenesis of benign gynaecological conditions and aims to identify new therapeutic targets and diagnostic possibilities for patients

Scholarship Benefits

A $5000 stipend top-up is available for candidate successful in being awarded a Graduate Research Scholarship


The successful candidate will work in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Parkville under the supervision of:


Applicants should have:

  • Honours or Master’s degree in reproductive biology, or related field
  • High academic marks to meet eligibility for enrolment into a Higher Degree Research at the University of Melbourne and award of a scholarship
  • Experience desired in laboratory techniques eg. qPCR, immunohistochemistry

This is a full-time role.

Top-up scholarship is conditional upon acceptance into the PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and health Sciences, the University of Melbourne, and award of a Graduate Research Scholarship.

Applicants should be currently located in Australia.

The scholarship is conditional upon acceptance into a PhD degree at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne. More information on MDHS requirements can be found here .

Further Enquiries

Please contact Dr Jacqueline Donoghue or Dr Meaghan Griffiths with any questions.

More Information

Dr Jacqueline Donoghue