How do I select an IMB postgraduate project?
The choice of a postgraduate research project is a negotiation between the IMB Lab Head (as prospective Principal Advisor) and you (as prospective postgraduate student).
Some things to consider:
- Excellent science is expensive. The consumables and equipment costs for a postgraduate research project are substantial, and must be covered by the resources, infrastructure and research funding available to the Principal Advisor. For example, consumable costs alone can run to AUD$25-40k/y per lab researcher, while the maintenance and running costs on lab equipment can easily exceed AUD$100k/y.
- Excellent science is focused. Lab Heads secure research funding, to build laboratory infrastructure, to attract the highest calibre staff and students, to achieve very focused research in targeted areas.
- Excellence in basic science. Metrics for success in basic science include innovative and imaginative discoveries that reveal fundamental new knowledge, that are reported in high impact publications in the leading peer reviewed scientific journals.
- Excellence in applied science. Metrics for success in applied science include significant discoveries that reveal valuable new knolwedge, that address important problems, that are patented and developed for their commercial potential.
To meet the objectives of both the IMB Lab Head and yourself, all postgraduate projects MUST target excellent science. While you are encouraged to put forward a draft postgraduate research project, the final agreed project MUST be a negotiation with the Lab Head. Remember, since you selected the best possible Principal Advisor for you, trust their experience and judgement, and work with them to arrive at a suitable project.
For more details see:
- Am I eligible/competitive for postgraduate study?
- How do I apply to be an IMB postgraduate candidate?