HIE: Metagenomics Approaches to Predict Efficiency of Bioremediation

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Scholarship code: 2018_041

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE)(opens in a new window) is a research institute within Western Sydney University. HIE has rapidly become a research leader in environmental and ecological research, with a strong reputation for delivering research outcomes of the highest quality. HIE houses a team of over 50 academic research scientists and over 50 PhD students with access to a unique suite of world-class research facilities.

About the projects

We are seeking to appoint a PhD student to focus on research related to metagenomics approaches to predict efficiency of bioremediation as part of a CRC-CARE project.

The projects seek to identify (a) the linkage of plant and soil microbiomes to plant physiological conditions, plant performance and soil health, and (b) Develop microbial indicators for types and efficiency of bioremediation in field conditions.

The projects will use a range of analytical procedures including state-of-the-art next-generation sequencing, and soil microbiome and plant health measures to characterise how these variables impact microbiomes and their activities. The successful applicants will be trained in the broad areas of microbiomes and be able to analyse data from next-generation (amplicon and shotgun) sequencing. Statistical skills for analysing microbiome data are required, and relevant training will be provided to candidates with excellence in other areas of the projects.

The successful candidates will have opportunity to improve the scope of the projects and methodologies and will be expected to participate in training relevant to the position and communicate the findings of the project via journal publications and presentations at scientific conferences and to non-scientific audiences.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Domestic students will receive a tax-free stipend of $27,082 per annum for up to 3 years and a funded place in the doctoral degree.
  • International students will receive a tax-free stipend of $27,082 per annum for up to 3 years. Those with a strong track record receive a tuition fee waiver and Overseas Student Health Cover (single policy).
  • Funding is available for project costs and conference travel.

Eligibility criteria

Relevant professional experience in the broad area of ecology and soil science will be viewed favourably. As a minimum, the successful applicant should:

  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • demonstrate strong academic performance in soil/plant ecology.
  • possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level in laboratory and environments.

International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency.(opens in a new window)

How to apply

1. Contact Professor Brajesh Singh (b.singh@westernsydney.edu.au) to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply.

2. Complete the scholarship application form (PDF, 222.11 KB).(opens in a new window)

3. Compile your CV, contact information for two referees and a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.

4. Ensure all documentation is certified according to Western Sydney University requirements.(opens in a new window)

5. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Graduate Research School as follows:

  • Use the email subject line: Application_2018_041_HIE
  • Submit to grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au
  • All attached documents must be submitted as PDF.
  • In the body of your email, include your full name, your student ID (if you are a current or previous Western Sydney University student) and the full title of the scholarship.

Incomplete applications or applications that do not conform to the above requirements will not be considered.

Please contact the Graduate Research School via email at grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au for more information.

Applications close 30 March 2018