Preclinical Research in Medicinal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Therapeutics


The Lambert Initiative is a research program at the University of Sydney dedicated to exploring the medicinal potential of cannabis and the cannabinoids.  We are looking to recruit up to ten new PhD students in 2017 and are offering top-up scholarships of $10,000 p.a. to APA (or equivalent) scholarship recipients who join our team based at the Brain and Mind Centre.   A wide range of chemistry, cellular, preclinical and clinical PhD projects are available for consideration that involve the development and evaluation of cannabis-based treatments for conditions such as of epilepsy, pain, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, neurodegenerative conditions and cancer. Projects may involve areas such as patient surveys, human psychopharmacology, drug policy and clinical trials. Projects will involve supervision by the Academic and/or Associate Directors of the Lambert Initiative or their specialist collaborators. This is an exciting opportunity for ambitious and enthusiastic graduate students to contribute to a fast-paced program of research at the frontiers of medical science and pharmacology that has strong potential for major societal impact. 


Dr Michael Bowen

Research Location

School of Psychology

Program Type



Dr Bowen has recently joined the leadership team at Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics and has begun exploring the therapeutical potential of novel phytocannabinoids for a number of disorders, including anxiety disorders, sleep disorders and epilepsy.

Additional Information

HDR Inherent Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:

- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)

You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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cannabis, Cannabinoids, anxiety, Sleep, epilepsy, autism, Social Anxiety, Addiction

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2221

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