Diverse populations of phytoplankton and bacteria fundamentally govern the productivity and stability of marine food webs and control oceanic chemical cycling processes that influence our climate. While the importance of these phytoplankton and bacterial populations are regularly considered in isolation, emerging evidence suggests that the lifestyles of these organisms are inherently entwined and that their relationships may in fact often occur within the framework of a symbiosis. However, our comprehension of the ecological interactions taking place between these important groups of marine microbes is severely undeveloped.
This project will involve the application of cutting-edge approaches spanning oceanography, microbial ecology, molecular biology and chemistry to generate critical new knowledge on the occurrence, mechanisms and implications of phytoplankton-bacteria symbioses in the sea.
Sydney University of Technology is the first and tenth in the world in Australia. It was established in 1988 and is also recognized as one of the most important emerging universities in the world.
UTS has a strong reputation for teaching and excellence in study, and is an innovative and inclusive university. A number of courses and graduate programs apply to the profession and provide them with world-class facilities and experience in practice.
If you want to study in Australia, you can apply for Sydney University of Technology scholarships for international students of various nationalities around the world who wish to have the opportunity to study a degree and PhD in the United Arab Emirates for the academic year 2021-2022. Scholarships help advance your academic and career goals by removing financial barriers in order to cover tuition expenses.
Application deadline: April 30, 2021
Host University: Sydney University of Technology
Course level: PhD
Country of study in Australia
Conditions for submission
- Eligible Courses or Subjects: PhD degree program in any discipline offered by the university.
- Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible, applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honors degree or Master of Science by Research, or an equivalent level of training.
Who is eligible?
- Domestic students; or international students with a tuition fee waive.
- Those that have completed a Bachelor of Science degree with first class honours or Master of Science by research, or an equivalent level of training.
- Experience in, and strong knowledge of, microbiology, molecular biology and biological oceanography
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- High levels of motivation and enthusiasm.
This project will be hosted within the Ocean Microbes Group (OMG), within the Climate Change Cluster (C3) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). The OMG is one of 7 key research programs within C3 and has a broad focus on elucidating the ecological and biogeochemical function of microbes in marine environments. C3 is one of the UTS “research strength” institutes and currently hosts 90 researchers and a comprehensive suite of field and laboratory-based analytical equipment and research infrastructure that will be available to this project.
How to apply
Send your CV and a half page expression of interest to Professor Justin Seymour.