Location Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
Discipline

PLANT STRESS ACCLIMATION BY ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION OF RNA, EPIGENETIC AND METABOLIC PROCESSES

OVERVIEW

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) at the University of Western Sydney (UWS) is dedicated to excellence in research. The mission of the HIE is to generate insights into the impacts of a rapidly changing environment on Australia's agricultural, natural and managed ecosystems. Our academic staff build on existing national and international reputations in plant molecular (epi)genetics, physiology and terrestrial plant ecology.

PROJECT

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic PhD candidate to research how environmental change affects RNA regulation, epigenetic memory forming processes, cellular communication and secondary metabolism in plants. Research could focus on on the affect of changing temperature on RNA structure regulation and secondary metabolism (e.g. carotenoids) or how plant percieve mechanical (touch) stimulation.

The goals of the Environmental Epigenetics Laboratory (https://www.facebook.com/Environmental-Epigenetics-Laboratory-315894808574055/ ) are to understand how environmental signals such as temperature, light and wind alter metabolic signaling processes and induce structure changes to DNA or RNA thereby promoting cellular memory formation, stress acclimation and transgenerational adaptation. The PhD candidate is anticipated to commence in 2017.

Please email an expression of interest aligned with the above themes to Dr. Chris Cazzonenlli. (http://www.uws.edu.au/hie/chriscazzonelli )

 

WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDE?  

» Domestic students will receive a tax free stipend of $26,288 per annum and a funded place in the doctoral degree.
» International students will receive a tax free stipend of $26,288 per annum.
» International students will receive $3,267 towards the cost of an Overseas Student Single Health Care Policy. Those with a strong track record may receive a fee waiver.
» Additional funding to support training and equipment purchases
» Funding is available to support reserach costs and conference travel
» A rich environment of support and academic expertise via supervisory panels, seminars, colloquia, international and industry collaborations

CRITERIA

» demonstrate excellent academic performance related to the research proposed (e.g. publication or industry based experience)

» hold qualifications and experience equal to an Australian First Class Bachelor Honours degree or equivalent overseas qualifications (minimum of 50% research thesis component)

» be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level

» possess a background in bioinformatics, RNA, epigenetic and molecular biology or related disciplines.

» International applicants must also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the English language. Please refer to the English language requirements

HOW TO APPLY

» Potential applicants should first contact Dr Chris Cazzonelli including CV and a one-page research proposal that aligns with this project's theme before discussing their interests and shaping a research proposal that is relevant to the project.

» Closing date 31st August 2017

» Submit a scholarship application form, research proposal and all other relevant supporting documentation to the Graduate Research School (grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au ) by the closing date.

» For further information refer the following link: http://www.uws.edu.au/graduate_research_school/grs/scholarships/main_round_scholarships



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Further Information / Application Enquiries

Dr CHRISTOPHER CAZZONELLI
0245701752