Current PhD Vacancies

Current PhD vacancies at MRI-UQ - Brisbane, Queensland

Several PhD opportunities are available for students with an Honours/Masters degree in a science-, health-, or medicine-related field to join Stillbirth CRE in its Brisbane site at the Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland (MRI-UQ).

Successful candidates will be enrolled in a higher degree (PhD) by research at the University of Queensland and will undertake a research project focusing on reducing adverse pregnancy outcome. Candidates will be responsible for all aspects of the study, including adherence to all relevant governing bodies, data handling and analysis and reporting.

Candidates will have a strong interest in obstetrics and clinical epidemiology and good knowledge of clinical research studies. Candidates are expected to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals, and to contribute to funding applications relevant to the project.

Candidates will be based at Aubigny Place, South Brisbane Campus.

The Projects

Research projects include the My Baby’s Movements (MBM), which explores if raised awareness of decreased fetal movements using a mobile phone app links with improved outcomes; the Stillbirth Study, a multi-centre collaborative study investigating the causes of stillbirth in a large cohort; the Bundle of Care project, implementing comprehensive strategies across multiple Australian hospitals to improve stillbirth care; Improving care in subsequent pregnancies following stillbirth, and many others.

For further information about these projects refer to:

The Students

Applicants must comply with the relevant entry requirements:

  • Applicants should have completed a Bachelor with honours (H1 or H2A) or a Masters Degree majoring in a science related field.
  • Applicants should be eligible for a competitive living allowance scholarship (e.g. APA) to support full-time study.
  • Applicants should have a background in obstetrics/perinatology and/or clinical epidemiology
  • Applicants must have the ability to develop skills in general research, methodology and statistics.
  • Applicants must have excellent writing abilities, and work effectively within a multidisciplinary and international research team.
  • Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.


A place in this group is contingent upon the applicant successfully attaining an external scholarship (the APA, or equivalent, valued at $26,682 per annum). APA recipients are eligible to apply for the Mater Research generous top-up scholarship schemes worth an additional $5,000 per annum. Scholarships are tax exempt for Australian citizens and residents. University fees may apply to overseas candidates, however funding schemes for international students are also available.

All applicants must supply a cover letter explaining your interest in and suitability to undertake research in this area, CV, and copies of Academic Transcripts.

About the Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland (MRI-UQ)

Mater Research Institute-UQ (MRI-UQ) is a world class institute committed to biomedical research and its translation into clinical care to improve outcomes for patients. With strong ties to the Mater Hospitals and as a founding partner of the Translational Research Institute (TRI), Mater Research is provides excellent opportunities to achieve new discoveries in health research. The Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane is the largest maternity hospital in Australia with over 10,000 births each year. UQ brings all its expertise as a research, education and teaching institute to the alliance, and is considered one of the top Universities in Australia. MRI-UQ has more than 300 research staff, postgraduate students and clinical researchers. There are currently 70 students undertaking a PhD, MPhil or Honours program.


Please contact Stillbirth CRE Director Professor Vicki Flenady for further information about this opportunity. See the UQ Graduate School website for full terms and conditions.