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22 February 2022


Applications are invited to commence a PhD at the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University, Australia. The PhD research opportunity will focus on the development and application of novel genomic modelling methods (i.e., phylodynamics) to understand the dynamics of infectious disease transmission in aquaculture production systems. The project is embedded within a larger Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award program on the development of phylodynamic modelling methods that enable the improved management and mitigation of emerging and endemic infectious diseases. Successful applicants will be invited to contribute to this broader research program, which will be conducted with collaborative networks throughout Australia, South-East Asia and Europe.

This project is supported by James Cook University’s Postgraduate Scholarship scheme that covers tuition fees and a living allowance of $28,854 per year for up to 3.5 years, with additional funding available to support travel, conference registration, publishing fees, etc. There will also be the opportunity to apply for top-up scholarships through partner organizations.

Who we are looking for

Applicants with qualifications from any quantitative, computational or biological discipline (e.g., Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Statistics, Epidemiology, Molecular Biology, Virology, Bioinformatics) are strongly encouraged to apply.


Interested applicants are invited to send their CV and a short cover letter to Dr. Michael Meehan (, Senior Research Fellow, Infectious Disease Modelling and Epidemiology, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University.

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