PhD Opportunities

We are looking for highly motivated, passionate and competitive candidates for fully-funded PhD positions in the ARC Centre for Fragment-Based Design (ARC CFBD).

The ARC CFBD is a multidisciplinary collaboration which fosters close partnerships between university-based researchers and industry-based research end-users to provide transformative research programs and innovative doctoral training. Successful applicants will be working in a multidisciplinary research team (biologists, biochemists and chemists) at one of the three nodes at Monash University, The University of Sydney, or Griffith University.

The training centre will offer the following themes and projects:

  • Fragment Library Design – developing libraries of chemical fragments to cover chemical space and potentially uncover new and valuable bioactive molecules
  • Fragment Screening – optimising biophysical screening methods (NMR, MS) and fragment hit ranking strategies to identify compounds that bind to a target protein & accelerate lead development
  • Protein Expression/Sample preparation – developing new approaches to sample preparation and screening to enable FBD for larger, more complex and membrane-bound proteins
  • Fragment Elaboration – developing and optimising systematic approaches to selecting suitable fragments for development and enhancement into potent leads (REFiL)

The ARC CFBD is supported by the following industry partners: Takeda, GE Healthcare, Vernalis, VAST Bioscience, Tetragenetics, Mestrelab and CSIRO.

PhD Scholarships & Placements: A tax-free scholarship of AU$32,304 is available to successful candidates. It is a condition of the scholarship that the successful applicant completes a 12-month placement with an ARC CFBD industry partner during and as part of their candidature. 

The candidate’s attributes: Applications are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic graduates with relevant backgrounds (biology, biochemistry and chemistry). Students may be domestic or international of high scholarly calibre and will have:

  • A First Class Honours degree, Masters degree or equivalent
  • Analytical thinking, data analysis and critical problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to work independently
  • An interest in and/or experience working with industry partners
  • Fluency in written and oral English

Expressions of interest are invited from applicants until the end of 2019 (or until filled).

Contact for further information Informal inquiries are strongly encouraged and should be directed to Dr Narelle Tunstall in the first instance ( Please include a CV, transcripts, and a cover letter.