Two 3-year PhD scholarships are available for bright and energetic candidates to join our group. These scholarship are open to Australian or international applicants.
One scholarship (ref. 2018446 here) is for a project that fits within the framework of “plant functional ecology” (see our Welcome and Projects pages to see what that means to us), with the topic to be arrived at through discussion. Depending on the successful candidate’s research strengths the project could involve field-based ecological or physiological studies, glasshouse-based experiments, analyses of trait-environment relationships, theory development – or (ideally) some combination of these approaches. The focus should be on understanding the ecological strategies of species in non-agricultural and non-horticultural settings, and on elucidating broad trends across species, not within single species.
The second scholarship (ref. 2018445 here) is associated with the project, Optimal photosynthetic traits on ecological time-scales. This position will include a substantial fieldwork component, measuring ecophysiological traits in natural vegetation at sites in eastern Australia. Possible topics include (1) The role of soil nutrition in shaping photosynthetic trait variation; and (2) The interplay between plant hydraulic and photosynthetic strategies. Within that framework, the PhD candidate would be expected over time to develop their own research directions. Previous experience in measuring plant physiological properties would be highly regarded.
Essential criteria for both positions include (1) Demonstrated ability to conduct high quality, independent research as part of a completed Masters-level research degree with substantial thesis component. (2) Clear record of academic excellence as an undergraduate. (3) Excellent verbal and written communication skills. (4) Must be able to commence at Macquarie University before 15th December 2018. Experience in writing up previous research for journal publication will be highly regarded. From people meeting all of these criteria (more details at Rating Scholarship Applicants website) we can invite some number to discuss detailed research possibilities with a view to applying for the scholarships via the Online Application System. Initial inquiries should be directed to Professor Ian Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org).