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Postdoc positions

We do not currently have any funded postdoctoral positions available. There are possibilities for highly motivated researchers with complementary research interests to apply for external Fellowships to support their research in the lab. Please contact Camilla for more information.

PhD projects available

I offer opportunities for outstanding and highly motivated students to enrol in PhD (or Masters) research projects focusing on questions related to my team's research. If you have exciting ideas of your own related to our research interests, please get in touch. I will work with you to design a project that is sound and achievable. For example, there are a variety of possibilities around the evolution of pregnancy in fish and reptiles, placental function across vertebrates, or tackling questions of how oviparity and viviparity can exist within a single lizard species!

About you: Ideal PhD/Masters candidates will have a strong academic record, and a degree in Biology, Physiology, Genetics/Genomics, or a related field. A keen interest in biology, curiousity, self-motivation, and a willingness to take ownership of your project is a must! Our projects often involve some field work, in which case you will be expected to have a valid driver’s licence before you enrol.

About the campus: The University of Sydney is one of Australia’s leading universities, situated in the heart of Sydney. You 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 Associate Professor Camilla Whittington for more information. Applications are assessed as they are received. PhD applicants: 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.


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 before you enrol.

Possible projects:

Projects examining the evolution of lizard viviparity

Projects examining the physiology of pregnancy in male seahorses

Projects on the genomics of reptile, fish, or mammal reproduction

Evolution of insect reproductive complexity

We welcome students who would like to design their own projects within our fields of research interest.

All our projects are student-directed, and you will be expected to be the driver of your research project, with our guidance.


Volunteering in the lab

--- Volunteering positions and research placements are currently full---

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.

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