University Of Newcastle PhD Scholarships In Geomicrobial Biosensors in Australia 2022

The University of Newcastle
University Of Newcastle PhD Scholarships In Geomicrobial Biosensors in Australia 2022

Scholarship Description:
Under University Of Newcastle PhD Scholarships In Geomicrobial Biosensors in Australia 2022 applications are being invited from eligible candidates. Domestic Students, International Students are eligible to apply for this program. The scholarship allows PhD level programm(s) in the field of Biogeochemistry, Geochemistry, Microbiology taught at University of Newcastle . Interested candidates may apply for the scholarship as per set deadline. The application deadline is 28/02/2022

Subjects offered and Degree Programs:
You can apply for Biogeochemistry, Geochemistry, Microbiology taught at University of Newcastle

Funded by: University of Newcastle.

As a part of the CRC MinEx and the National Drilling Initiative (NDI) we have an opportunity for a Ph.D. student in geomicrobial genomics. The position includes industry top-up and internship opportunities for successful applicants.

Looking at the diversity of microbes associated with deep bore water samples, and also the resistance mechanisms that enable their survival in these extreme environments we can develop a spatial abundance model that can be integrated into the NDI data portal.

Aims:

1. Characterise the microbial communities (amplicon sequencing) in NDI deep bore water samples to map regional geomicrobiology and community architecture

2. Correlate regolith geochemistry with these microbial communities to develop a spatial model for new mineral systems.

3. Perform metagenomic analyses of samples from a range of samples with known levels of heavy minerals (Au, Cu, etc) to identify genes responsible for resistance.

4. Overlay and interrogate resistance gene correlations with drilling strategy to test model robustness.

5. Identify microbial processes associated with the presence of heavy metal ore deposits and the characteristics of their biosignature in bore water samples. MinEx CRC is the world’s largest mineral exploration collaboration bringing together Industry, Government, and Research Organisations. Central to the aims of the CRC are the three research programs, Drilling Technologies, Data From Drilling, and the National Drilling Initiative.

Sponsor Value

The University of Newcastle will provide the tuition fees to the successful candidates for the academic session 2022/2023.

Eligibility Criteria
  • have satisfied all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor with Honours Class 1 or Honours Class II, Division 1 or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Assistant Dean (Research Training); or
  • have satisfied all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor in the University or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Assistant Dean (Research Training), and have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard recognised by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) as equivalent to at least Honours Class II, Division 1; or
  • in exceptional cases submit evidence of possessing such other academic or professional qualifications and/or experience as may be approved by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the relevant School; or
  • in the disciplines of education, medical physics, nursing, social work, social sciences and surgery have completed a minimum standard of professional experience as required by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the School; An Australian honours degree with Class 1 or Class 2 division 1. For international students, a four year bachelor degree including a significant research training component attained at a high standard, is commonly considered equivalent to an Australian honours degree; and
  • In addition, the English language proficiency requirements as described in the English Language Policy.
Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests, and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

 

Please send the email expressing interest to [email protected]