PhD graduate in phycology

The Algal Biology Lab at the University of Melbourne would like to offer a recent PhD graduate in phycology the opportunity to apply for a McKenzie postdoctoral fellowship.

The McKenzie scheme aims to attract recent doctoral graduates to Melbourne. It offers a 3-year fellowship plus $25,000 to be spent on research activities.

Research in the lab focuses on the evolutionary diversification of marine algae, using molecular phylogenetics to explore their diversification and answer specific questions about their evolution. Bioinformatics and phylogenetics take a central position in our approach to these research questions. We focus on a range of topics in algal biology. Some of our active projects include:
– genome dynamics of secondary endosymbiosis events
– biodiversity and genome biology of coral symbionts
– biogeography and the evolution of niches through geological time
– chloroplast phylogenomics of green and red algae
– the emergence of cellular and physiological innovations and the genetic changes underlying them
– taxonomy, focused on new ways to integrate molecular and morphometric data in algal species delimitation
For additional details about the research in the lab, see

The primary eligibility criterion for McKenzie fellowships is that your PhD must be awarded on or after 1 January 2014. However, the scheme is competitive and only those candidates with multiple publications in international peer-reviewed journals will be considered. If you are interested in applying, please email me ( with a brief statement about the type of research you would like to pursue and a CV including an up-to-date publication list.

More information about the McKenzie scheme can be found here:…/intern…/mckenzie-fellowship

You will be living and working in Melbourne, named as the world’s most liveable city for the fifth year running. The lab is located within the School of Biosciences (, providing a vibrant and supportive working environment.

Best regards,

Heroen Verbruggen
Senior Lecturer
School of BioSciences
University of Melbourne