Jülich - University of Melbourne Postgraduate Academy

Undertake collaborative research with Melbourne and one of Europe's largest research centres.

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The Jülich - University of Melbourne Postgraduate Academy (JUMPA) is a partnership between Melbourne, the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ/Jülich Research Centre) and its affiliate universities. Currently, these universities include RWTH Aachen, the University of Wuppertal, the University of Bonn, the University of Cologne, and HHU Düsseldorf.

JUMPA was founded with the goal of giving graduate researchers the opportunity to work with, and be jointly supervised by, leading academics from these institutions.

At JUMPA, graduate researchers can tap into FZJ’s world-leading infrastructure (including Europe’s most advanced supercomputer) in their quest to solve challenging issues in the fields of science, health, and technology.

Graduate researchers will have the opportunity to receive mentorship from field experts, participate in specialist summer schools and laboratory courses organised by FZJ, and become part of a vibrant alumni network across FZJ’s affiliated universities across Germany.

JUMPA provides opportunities for enriching my research through collaboration with international research groups and access to sophisticated facilities.

Allene Andaya Macabuhay
JUMPA joint PhD candidate

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Call for joint PhD projects - JUMPA

Are you an academic/researcher looking to supervise a multicultural group of talented joint PhD candidates? UoM and FZJ are inviting joint PhD project proposals from new and established collaborations to expand the JUMPA program and offer new opportunities to candidates. Up to 12 joint PhD proposals will be supported across six pairs of Principal Investigators (PIs). Each of these PI pairs will receive funding to support two PhD candidates, including tuition fee waivers, a living allowance, travel allowance, and health insurance. Find out how you can get involved by clicking the link below.


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Project spotlight story: Improving the effectiveness of sodium MRIs

Sodium MRI is a medical imaging technique that uses strong magnetic fields to generate images of sodium distribution in the body. It is useful because it can provide information that traditional (proton) MRI scans cannot. However, the signal available for imaging sodium is much weaker than that of its proton MRI counterpart, resulting in long scanning times and mediocre image quality. This research project aims to discover methods in which we can either speed up the scanning process or improve the resolution of the images obtained.


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Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich Research Centre) profile

Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)  was founded with the aim of laying the foundation for the key technologies of tomorrow and has since become one of Europe's most prominent research centres with over 6800 employees. The institution predominantly focuses on solving challenges in the fields of energy and environment, information and brain research. Notable innovations include the development of JUWELS, currently Europe's fastest supercomputer and the "Quantum flagship project", the largest quantum computing initiative in Europe.


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University partners

JUMPA researchers participate in collaborative research with Melbourne and the Jülich Research Centre (FZJ) by way of the latter's affiliate universities. FZJ's current affiliate universities include RWTH Aachen, University of Wuppertal, University of Bonn, University of Cologne and HHU Dusseldorf.

JUMPA researchers and joint PhD candidates alike are based out of the University of Melbourne and one of the university partners listed on the right.

Meet our academic lead

Prof Ute Roessner is the academic lead of JUMPA. Prof Roessner is the Head of the School of Biosciences at the University of Melbourne where she leads the Roessner Lab. Prof Roessner has been involved in the setup of Metabolomics Australia (MA), a federal and state government-funded national metabolomics service facility and has led the MA node at the University of Melbourne until 2019. Between 2014 and 2018, Prof Roessner held an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to establish her own research program.


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