Postgraduate Research Scholarship in Emphysema

The Woolcock Institute of Medical Research is internationally recognised in the fields of respiratory disease and sleep disorders research. We are committed to improving the respiratory and sleep health of all Australians through research, diagnosis, treatment, education, prevention and care. The Woolcock is located in Glebe and houses state-of-the-art research facilities which include a diagnostic clinic.

Currently, we have a full-time postgraduate scholarship available for a suitably qualified candidate with an Honours degree (First Class or Second Class upper) or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in Science or Engineering or related area. 

You will be supervised by Dr Hui Ong, with a team of internationally renowned experts (Dr. Peta Bradbury, Prof. Paul Young, Prof. Brian Oliver, Dr. Joshua Chow) at the Woolcock Institute and be enrolled through the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney (preferably to commence as soon as possible). The research undertaken will be in the field of Emphysema, which is characterised by severe breathlessness - caused by the loss of the structural components responsible for stretching the lungs during breathing. This project will investigate the role breathing mechanics and inflammation play in developing and advancing emphysema. To achieve this aim, the world first in vitro model of emphysema: ‘Emphysema-on-a-Chip’ will also be developed to determine how breathing promotes lung destruction, identify the mechanism that results in abnormal cellular behaviour and finally develop effective treatment for the disease.

To be eligible you must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

You must also have the following skills, qualifications & attributes:

  • First class Honours degree (or equivalent)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • A background in cellular biology and/or biomedical engineering

  • Experience in cell culture and/or microfluidic engineering

  • Publication/s in peer-reviewed journals would be desirable.

Applications should be made via SEEK or sent directly to and should include a CV (including publications, if applicable), a copy of an academic transcript (including Honours (or equivalent)), and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

Please direct all queries to Dr Hui Ong via phone (02 91140373) or email

This scholarship will remain available until a suitable applicant has been found.