PhD Scholarship in Statistical Genetics (Eye Disease)

  • Opportunity to join a Statistical Genetics group
  • PhD Scholarship offered for a top applicant
  • Herston Location

About QIMR Berghofer:

QIMR Berghofer is a world-leading translational medical research institute focused on improving health by developing new diagnostics, better treatments and prevention strategies, specifically in the areas of cancer, infectious diseases, mental health and chronic disorders. Based in Herston, Brisbane and working in close collaboration with clinicians and other research institutes, QIMR Berghofer is home to more than 600 scientists, students and support staff.

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute provides world class facilities for histology, flow cytometry, Imaging and animal experiments.

About the Statistical Genetics group:

The Statistical Genetics group develops and applies statistical methods to gene mapping studies across a wide range of traits and diseases. A major interest is ophthalmological genetics, with work ongoing to identify the specific genes involved in both eye disease and in underlying risk factors.

Role Purpose / Responsibilities :

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. While there is no cure once visual loss occurs, timely treatment prevents further decline. So early detection is vital. Glaucoma is highly genetic and advancing our understanding will improve screening and lead to development of better therapies. Although we have discovered many specific genes influencing glaucoma, we have also shown that most have still yet to be found.


To identify more loci explaining why some people get glaucoma and some do not. To translate genetic findings into improved screening and into better therapies.


We have custody of very large scale genetic data sets, with further data collection underway. The student will employ statistical genetic approaches to determine the genes and pathways underlying glaucoma. Statistical approaches for prediction will be investigated.

About you:

The project is ideally suited to someone with an undergraduate or Masters degree in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, statistics or bioinformatics. Experience in the analysis/manipulation of large datasets and a good knowledge of computing is desirable (Linux computing environment, statistical software such as R, scripting/programming languages such as bash, Perl, Python). Experience in ophthalmic genetics advantageous but not essential. Non-statistical applicants must be able to demonstrate some knowledge of statistics. For statistical applicants, some knowledge of genetics is desirable.

What we Offer:

  • State of the art facilities
  • Stimulating work setting focussed on cutting edge medical research
  • Supportive/collaborative team environment

A living allowance of approximately $27,082 per year (tax exempt) for a period of three years, with the possibility of extension for six months.

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Applications should address the selection criteria and include curriculum vitae, proof of qualifications, and the names and contact details of three professional referees.

04 February 2019
Dr Puya Gharahkhani ( or +61 7 3362 0219