Overview: The ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) at The Australian National University (ANU) is seeking PhD project applications from highly qualified and motivated students with a strong background in plant physiology and/or plant molecular biology, and a keen interest in working with stakeholders in the agricultural industry. Two PhD projects in Crop Physiology are available. The projects are embedded within a program that will provide mentorship and opportunities for the students to engage with a wide range of research organisations, as well as exposure to the Australian grains industry from the ground up. The projects are supported by the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), which will provide PhD stipends ($25k p.a.) and research funding for each project.
Project 2: Mechanisms of heat tolerance in wheat – Identifying processes underlying heat-induced changes in night respiration.
This project will support the research training of one domestic postgraduate student to undertake a project that will examine genetic variation in respiratory metabolism in germplasm known to differ in high temperature tolerance in the field. The student will identify mechanisms involved in reducing net CO2 assimilation efficiency, and through biochemical and molecular analyses quantify the relationship between respiratory metabolism and plant production. Research will be based in the southern region, with field trials located with the Birchip Cropping Group in Victoria and controlled environment research at ANU. PhD Project 2 is a GRDC scholarship open only to Australian citizens or permanent residents. International students are not eligible for PhD Project 2.
Eligibility: PhD Project 2 is available to a prospective or continuing ANU student who:
- is an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident;
- is enrolling in a program of study for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Australian National University in the Research School of Biology (RSB); and
- is undertaking research in plant energy biology.
Selection: Selection is based on academic merit and the candidate's research proposal and potential.
Benefits: Both Projects 1 & 2 supported by the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), which will provide PhD stipends ($25k p.a.) and research funding for each project.
How to apply: To apply, send your CV and cover letter to:
Professor Owen Atkin,
phone (02) 6125 5046
Further information: The scholarships may not be deferred and must be commenced in the year as indicated on the offered letter.