Bat OneHealth are a global team of experts working across multiple scales to learn the causes of spillover and find sustainable solutions that protect people and the environment ( In Australia, much of the focus on bat viruses has been on Hendra virus, a zoonotic virus that causes fatalities in horses and humans. A range of other viruses are known to circulate within the same hosts, yet little is known about their dynamics and interactions.

Dr Alison Peel is a Principal Investigator in Bat OneHealth and leads the Australian team of this international research effort. She has a PhD opportunity available for a highly motivated applicant to study viral co-infections in Australian flying foxes.

The project may be adaptable to the candidates interests and expertise, and include components of field research, laboratory screening of samples, data analysis and mathematical modelling. Opportunities may also exist to undertake in vitro experiments in collaboration with the CSIRO, including the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (formerly Australian Animal Health Laboratory) in Geelong, Victoria.

This position will be held at Griffith University Nathan Campus.

The Centre for Planetary Health and Food Security (CPHFS) is a recently formed research centre that was previously part of the Environmental Futures Research Institute (EFRI). The Centre combines science, innovation and local Australian experience to expand new knowledge through fundamental research.

Exploring new science frontiers, stimulating innovation and influencing public policy, our members develop solutions that facilitate resilient and sustainable futures, and continue to improve the health and wellbeing of people.

The Planetary Health research platform brings together a team of highly motivated and dedicated researchers committed to advancing the knowledge of patterns, causes and measurement of changes in ecosystems. Its members seek to better understand our biological environment and improve its management to ensure that human health and wellbeing is maintained in the future.

Further information on the team’s research can be found at:

Bat OneHealth

Griffith Disease Ecology Group

The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. To be successful within this role, you will be able to combine laboratory and/or field studies with advanced analytical skills. You will have evidence of a passion for wildlife health, ecology and/or virology, with a strong desire to undertake research in multidisciplinary One Health teams.

  • This scholarship is open to new domestic and international applicants able to commence onshore in Australia.
  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Policy and be intending to enrol full-time in an approved doctoral program
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent attention to detail and the ability to work effectively independently as well as in teams.
  • A background or interest in ecology, molecular biology or veterinary science is beneficial.

The 2021 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,597 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

As a scholarship holder, you will study with a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our HDR candidates and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

For project related enquiries please contact:

Dr Alison Peel


For administration enquiries please contact:

Griffith Graduate Research School

Phone: (07) 3735 3817

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Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EoI) to Dr Alison Peel at containing:

  • Statement addressing your suitability and experience relevant for the project/scholarship, and confirming that eligibility criteria are met
  • A brief CV

Closing date for expressions of interest: 5pm AEST 23rd April, 2021

Shortlisted applicants will then be required to provide two references and invited to apply on-line.

Ready to start your research journey?