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Welcome to the Research School of Biology (RSB) Graduate Research web pages. This section of the RSB website is designed to guide future students through all stages of the Graduate Research search and application process. The term 'Graduate Research' on this site refers to study by research at both the Masters & PhD level; and HRD refers to Higher Research Degree.

Graduate research programs offered

The Research School of Biology offers an excellent research environment and provides students with a high level of support as they work on their research project. Our graduate students are enrolled through one of three Graduate Research areas and are currently working on a range of exciting research projects. The Graduate Programs in the Research School of Biology, in conjunction with the ANU Colleges of Science, offer the following program options:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (by Research)

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) (by Research)

Graduate Diploma of Science (Coursework and Research)

Where to start:

Graduate research programs

Research projects

Alternative postgraduate study options

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New PhD Scholarship for Moritz/Drummond Labs

A 4 year PhD scholarship in Computational Phylogenomics

We seek a highly motivated computational or evolutionary biologist to undertake a 4 year PhD, jointly supervised by Craig Moritz at the Australian National University and Alexei Drummond at the University of Auckland.

The capacity to generate sequence data at 100’s to 1000’s of loci and across populations to entire clades provides the opportunity to dramatically improve discovery of species, estimation of their relationships and understanding of micro- and macro-evolutionary processes. But to fully exploit these rich data we need to develop improved and new methods in population- and phylo-genomic inference. Building on the BEAST2 platform, the student will develop and apply software for species delimitation, species-tree estimation and phylogeographic inference that makes effective use of large-scale, multilocus sequence data. The student will have access to a range of such datasets from the Moritz lab, and opportunity to develop these if desired.

A scholarship of $27,500 p.a., funded by the Australian Research Council is available for 4 years, commencing on January 1st 2014. A 1st class BSc(Hons) or MSc are required, as is a strong background in evolutionary or computational science with some level of training in both. Applications are welcome from persons of any nationality. The student would be enrolled for a PhD in the Division of Evolution, Ecology & Genetics, Research School of Biology, ANU (, and with the possibility of formal affiliation with Univ. Auckland. For further details or to send applications, please contact Craig Moritz ( Review of applications will commence on November 1st, 2013.

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"'I'm doing my PhD for a number of reasons. The foremost: being a desire to direct my own research. The silliest: to be able to call myself Dr, and to get that floppy hat for graduation', Kate says."

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