PhD projects available

We offer unique opportunities for outstanding and highly motivated students to enrol in PhD research projects focusing on questions related to our research

Evolution of vertebrate pregnancy

About the candidate:


The ideal candidate will have a strong academic record and graduate degree(s) in Biology, Physiology, Genetics/Genomics, or a related field. A keen interest in evolutionary biology and experience in genetics or genomics, including the handling of large genomic datasets, is ideal.

Our projects often involve some field work, and candidates will be expected to have a valid driver’s licence.


About the campus:

The University of Sydney is one of Australia’s leading universities, situated in the

heart of Sydney. This project will be based at the Camperdown/Darlington campus,

which boasts 72 hectares of state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology,

including six libraries, art galleries, historical museums, and a diverse and vibrant

body of students and staff. For more information about the university, please visit

To apply:

Please email Dr Camilla Whittington and see here for more information. Applications will be assessed as they are received. Students (domestic or international) with a high level of relevant qualifications, research experience and enthusiasm will be invited to apply for a competitive Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship or University of Sydney Postgraduate Award Scholarship (Domestic students) or international postgraduate research scholarship (International students). Students may also be eligible to apply for top-up scholarships from the University of Sydney.

To rank highly, students will need to have completed a Masters by Research (or international equivalent) or first class Honours (domestic students), and have at least one publication or extensive research experience.

Other PhD opportunities:

Evolution of viviparity in lizards

Evolution of vertebrate pregnancy

Evolution of viviparity in fish

Multi-omic responses to dietary change: insights from poultry


Honours projects available


We offer opportunities for Honours projects through the University of Sydney. Please email Camilla for further information. Please note that if your project involves field work, you will be expected to have a valid driver’s licence.

Possible projects:

Projects examining the evolution of lizard viviparity

Projects examining the physiology of pregnancy in male seahorses

Evolution of insect reproductive complexity


All our projects are student-directed, and you will be expected to be the driver of your research project, with our guidance. We welcome students who would like to design their own projects within our fields of research interest.


Volunteering in the lab

Are you interested in spending time in the Whittington Lab, learning about what it's like doing research on one of our varied projects? We offer opportunities for volunteering in the lab, as well as professional experience that forms a component of some science-based degrees. Availability of volunteer positions varies across the year depending on the research we are doing at the time, and positions fill up quickly, so it's advisable to contact us in advance. If you are interested in volunteering, we welcome your application. Please email Camilla with the following information:

1. A 1 page statement about why you're interested in volunteering in the lab, why you're interested in our research, and including a brief statement about your future plans after your Bachelor's degree

2. A brief CV and your academic transcript

3. Whether you have a current driver’s licence, which may be required for some field work.