CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship - Japanese encephalitis virus in Australia

Date: 4 Sep 2023

Location: Geelong, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation.


Child Safety

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs. View our Child Safe Policy.


The Opportunity

  • Are you passionate about a career in research?
  • Want to access CSIRO's world-class facilities and staff?
  • Apply for a CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship now!


CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarships provide enhanced opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates enrolling in a PhD at Australian tertiary institutions. Collaborating with us to complete your PhD degree will give your research the edge. We offer you access to our leading scientists, engineers and mentors, the opportunity to take your research to the next level in our first-class facilities and first-hand experience in an environment where our innovative research really is changing the world for the better.


A CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship is a supplementary award, which adds to the student’s support from a principal scholarship awarded by another body, e.g. RTP scholarship.  In all respects recipients of awards will be regarded as students of the University at which they are registered, and all rules relating to degree candidature and the primary award will apply. In particular, recipients will undertake research at CSIRO as a student of the university concerned and will not be employees of CSIRO.


This CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship is being offered by the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL).  AAHL is located at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness  - ACDP facility in Geelong, Victoria. The ACDP helps protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. It is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.


Project Title:  Understanding the pathogenesis and transmission of Japanese encephalitis virus in Australia.


Project Details:  Japanese encephalitis virus is a mosquito transmitted virus of public and animal health significance throughout southern Asia and parts of Australia.   The PhD student will work across CSIRO Business units (AAHL and H&B) and partner with Charles Sturt University, to address key gaps in the understanding of JEV pathogenesis and interactions with related viruses (inc. Murray Valley encephalitis and West Nile virus) co-circulating in Australia.  This PhD opportunity will access sophisticated in vitro / ex vivo / in vivo models, multi-omics and structural biology techniques, coupled with traditional virology and molecular virology techniques (inc. cell culture, virus propagation and purification, virus genome manipulation, insect infection and husbandry).  Together, this will enable the scholar to further the understanding in the pathogenesis of mosquito-borne pathogens of significance to animal and public health, informing diagnostic development and provide a solid skill base for a scientific leader of the future.  


Contact:  For more information on the research project please contact Stacey Lynch on +61 3 5227 5183 or be email to stacey.lynch@csiro.au 



Location:  Geelong, Victoria

Scholarship:  Top-Up Scholarship of $10,000 per annum, plus a learning and development budget of $5,000 over the term of the studentship

Tenure:   3 years

Reference:  94264




To be eligible to apply you must have (or expect to gain):


  • first or upper second-class honours or equivalent in a relevant research area;
  • admission to an Australian University as a PhD student;
  • hold an appropriate visa to study in Australia (if international)*
  • be no further than one year (FTE) into a PhD on commencing at CSIRO
  • hold a primary scholarship; for example, a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or other primary scholarship of similar value
  • not be in receipt of any other Top-Up Scholarship
  • a university supervisor who is willing and able to supervise you; and
  • be available to commence with CSIRO no later than 30 June 2024.


* International applicants must be residing in Australia and have the appropriate immigration approvals to allow them to take up the scholarship. 


Applications will be assessed on:

  1. Quality and relevance of student project:  The primary assessment criterion for a CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship is the quality and relevance of the project being proposed.  The research must be aligned with the advertised priority research area.
  2. Academic calibre of the student:  The quality of the student is also critical to the assessment of a scholarship and candidates must hold (or expect to gain) a relevant first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university.
  3. Availability of appropriate university supervision:  The relevance of the university supervisor’s research background and their willingness to supervise the student in collaboration with the CSIRO supervisor should also be made clear. 



Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.


Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.



At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact.


CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.


CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023


Join us and start creating tomorrow today!


How to apply:

You will be required to:

  1. submit a Resume/CV and Cover Letter (as one document) in the ‘Resume/CV field which includes:
    • the names and contact details of two previous supervisors or academic/professional referees; and
    • a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.
  2. upload your academic results in the ‘Cover Letter’ field.


If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 and someone will be able to assist you. Outside business hours please email: careers.online@csiro.au.


Applications Close

1 November 2023, 11:00pm AEDT