The Centre for Marine Science offers a world-class environment for postgraduate and postdoctoral research in marine science, with over 50 independent Research Groups encompassing a wide range of disciplines. Creating a vibrant marine science research culture, CMS currently includes over 200 PhD candidates and 50 postdoctoral research scientists from around the world.

CMS also benefits from significant marine and laboratory research infrastructure on its main campus in St Lucia, Brisbane and at its marine field stations, Heron Island Research Station and Moreton Bay Research Station, which boast advanced wet and dry laboratory and boating facilities.

Research Group Leaders are always interested to hear from motivated and suitable students and researchers that want to develop and further their careers. If you are a particularly interested in a specific research area, group leader or laboratory you can contact any of the Research Group Leaders directly at any time. This is the primary means by which postgraduate students and postdocs find positions in CMS.

Postgraduate Scholarships and Admission

The PhD program at The University of Queensland is research intensive and typically completed with the submission and acceptance of a thesis between 3 and 4 years from commencement.

The University of Queensland and The Australian Government offer a range of full and top-up scholarships to Australian and International students. The UQ Graduate School provides all the necessary information to apply for these scholarships and a place in our PhD program.

Postdoctoral Research Positions

Some postdoctoral positions are advertised below. It is recommended the prospective postdoctoral scientists approach Research Group Leaders for positions directly. There are many funding opportunities available and Group Leaders may discuss these with you. In this case it is always good to forward plan.

The University of Queensland, the Australian Research Council and a wide range of other agencies offer postdoctoral fellowships to Australian and International PhDs.


A number of grant opportunities are available and these new grants are posted regularly on the Centre's Scholarships page.

Other Opportunities

A wealth of facility and technological resources, useful for Centre researchers, are housed within a variety of Schools, Centres and University Institutes at UQ. The Research Facilities Portal is intended as a jumping off point for both new and experienced researchers to explore these resources. It is a means of illustrating the breadth of scientific research within UQ, as well as a tool for facilitating the usage of these facilities by researchers. 

Mailing List

We maintain a number of mailing lists where we post opportunities and relevant marine news. Interested people can sign up for these Centre for Marine Science Mailing lists at the below links.

UQ Academic Members
UQ Postdoctoral Members
UQ non-Academic staff
UQ PhD/Masters students
UQ Undergraduate students 
Non-UQ Affiliates (interested parties from outside UQ)