Current open positions:

PhD Opportunities in Roselló-Díez Group

PhD student exchange project. Monash – CUHK

Studying the effects of unilateral cartilage injury in long-term limb growth, articular cartilage health and scoliosis.

  • Looking for a PhD applicant (Australian national or Permanent Resident) to be enrolled in Monash University doctoral program under the supervision of Dr Alberto Rosello-Diez (
  • This is a student exchange project that involves a stay of 4+ months at the Institute for Tissue Engineering and Repair (The Chinese University of Hong Kong), under the co-supervision of Prof Gang Li ( and Prof Wayne Lee (
  • We will use mouse models of limb asymmetry induced by unilateral cell death (see left and right knee sections) in the developing cartilage to study: 1) compensatory mechanisms of bone growth, with a focus on injury-triggered signalling (Monash); 2) effect of the injury on the articular cartilage, including epigenetic modifications, and comparing embryonic and postnatal models to uncover potential repair mechanisms (Monash and CHUK); 3) role of uneven loading in the development of scoliosis, either by itself or by interaction with candidate genetic mutations commonly present in humans with scoliosis (CUHK).
  • Outstanding and motivated students with an interest in musculoskeletal development and repair are encouraged to contact

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International PhD student

Studying the clonal dynamics of cartilage stem cells during long bone growth and repair.

Outstanding students with an interest in lineage tracing and mouse genetics techniques are encouraged to apply.

Contact Alberto Roselló-Díez at for more information. Deadline for scholarship application: 31 March 2019.

Honours/Masters student

Mechanisms of catch-up growth in developing long bones.

A motivated student is sought for an Honours/Masters project focused on mechanisms of catch-up growth after signal imbalance in mice. Contact Alberto Roselló-Díez at for more information.

Read more about the Roselló-Díez Group.

PhD Scholarship in Cell Biology and Imaging in Zenker Group

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 3 year fixed-term appointment

Location: Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), 15 Innovation Walk, Monash University, Clayton

Remuneration: Annual living allowance based on Monash University’s Research Training Program (RTP), stipend of $27,872 per annum (2019 rate - indexed annually)

The Opportunity

The Zenker group is seeking an enthusiastic PhD candidate interested in cell biology and microscopy to uncover the real-time rearrangements of the inner skeleton of a cell during embryonic development. The successful applicant will gain extensive expertise in live imaging using various microscope systems, mouse husbandry, genotyping, cell culture systems, cloning, immunostaining, mouse embryo dissection, injections and imaging, drug treatments and computational image analysis.

Every cell has an internal skeleton composed of filament-like structures called microtubules. Remarkably, these structures can rapidly re-organize their entire network to allow a cell to change its shape, function and fate. However, most studies on microtubule dynamics have been limited to simplified 2D cell culture systems or fixed tissues. Thus, the accurate spatial-temporal regulation of microtubule remodelling in intact tissues remains under-explored.

The combined use of state-of-the-art confocal microscopy, molecular manipulations, and computational image analysis allowed us to identify an unprecedented form of microtubule growth in the living mouse embryo. The emanating filaments serve as transport railways to establish asymmetries in the cellular organization of the embryo. This mechanism is required for the formation of the pluripotent inner cell mass, which will give rise to the embryo proper.

Candidate Requirements

The successful applicant must be an Australian resident with the following attributes:

  • An excellent academic track record in biological sciences
  • Interest and commitment
  • Experience in microscopy would be an advantage

Applicants will be considered provided they fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at Monash University. Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD at ARMI are available at

Candidates will be required to meet Monash entry requirements, which include English-language skills.

Successful applicants will be expected to enrol no later than 1 June 2019.

How To Apply

Supervisor: Dr Jennifer Zenker

Submit your expression of interest to Dr Jennifer Zenker ( and include the following:

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement addressing the Candidate Requirements and the reason for your interest in the project
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of any published works
  • A full statement of academic record, supported by scanned copies of relevant certified documentation
  • Contact details of two academic referees

Closing Date

Monday 11 March 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT

Read more about the Zenker group.

PhD Opportunities in Nillegoda Group

Exceptional graduates with a high level (H1) Honours degree (or equivalent) are encouraged to apply to join the Nillegoda Group at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI)

The Project

Interested students are encouraged to send their CV and academic transcripts to Nadinath Nillegoda (

Suitable students will be invited to apply for a scholarship through Monash University

Details of eligibility requirements to undertake a PhD at Monash University are available at

Postdoctoral Opportunities in Nillegoda Group

Outstanding scientists interested in pursuing a Postdoctoral Fellowship are encouraged to apply for postdoctoral training in the Nillegoda Group at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI)

The Project

Appropriate candidates are individuals who will be awarded or were recently awarded PhDs in immunology or neuroscience or a closely related field. Highly motivated and passionate researchers are encouraged to send their CV to Nadinath Nillegoda (

Read more about the Nillegoda Group.

Research Assistant Opportunity in Nillegoda Group

The Nillegoda Group is seeking a full-time research assistant.

Ideal candidates are individuals who have a Bachelor’s (preferred) or Associate’s (minimum) degree with 2-3 years or more laboratory experience, particularly in mammalian cell/tissue culture and molecular biology techniques. Preference will be given to applicants with prior research experience in immune and neuronal cell culture, cell isolation and/or differentiation. Exposure to animal work is a plus, but not necessary.   

Interested candidates are invited to send their CV to Nadinath Nillegoda ( Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Read more about the Nillegoda Group.

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