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Postgraduate Scholarship in Plant Molecular Genetics


9 December 2013

A full-time postgraduate scholarship is available for a suitably qualified candidate to undertake research studies leading to a PhD in molecular genetics. Suboptimal rainfall and soil moisture limit the productivity of crops in Australia and the regions and seasons within which they are economically viable. Finding ways to increase water use efficiency (WUE) in plants is a high priority, particularly given the projected changes in rainfall patterns associated with global climate change.

This project will investigate the molecular role of a single gene mutant in the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, that leads to an increase in WUE and in final yield under both well watered and water-limited conditions.

On the left a wild type seed of Arabidopsis plant, and on the right side the same plant with a specific mutation which generates an increase in yield
On the left a wild type seed of Arabidopsis plant, and on the right side the same plant with a specific mutation which generates an increase in yield

The aim of the project is to identify the mechanisms leading to the observed changes in Arabidopsis and to transfer the findings to the close relative, the important oilseed crop, Canola (Brassica napus). This translational research project is based on a multipronged experimental approach using techniques from cutting edge molecular genetic plant manipulation, to microscopy and physiology, through to glasshouse and field-based trials.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants should have a particular interest in plant cellular and molecular biology. The scholarship does not cover tuition fees payable by international students. International applicants (applicants not Australian citizens or with an Australian permanent residency visa would require additional funding for tuition fees from their home country or institution).

AMOUNT AWARDED

The scholarship is valued at $29,000 per annum (tax exempt) renewed for up to three years, subject to satisfactory progress.

APPLICATION GUIDE

Further information can be obtained from Dr Brian Jones, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney NSW 2006 (Phone: 0435 079 890, E-mail: brian.jones@sydney.edu.au). Applications should be sent direct to Brian Jones at the above address and should include a curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.


Contact: Dr Brian Jones

Phone: 0435 079 890

Email: 0e23034a2217321e371c1131193b2018144d4d2b1339473447