About the Project
The project will focus on Australian forests, where several major tree and shrub taxa form specialised symbioses with soil microbes. It will examine interactions between focal plant species and their associated soil microbes across sites with varying fire histories to examine: 1) how fires of varying severity affect plant-soil interactions; and 2) the ecological and/or functional consequences of any changes.
This is a collaborative project among researchers at the University of York, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, and the Australian National University, Canberra. Depending on the interests of the student, possible techniques to tackle these questions include field and glasshouse experiments, molecular techniques and statistical modelling. Training in these techniques will be provided where relevant, along with opportunities for local and/or international fieldwork. We encourage students to develop the project in line with their own research interests. It would suit those with interests in global change biology, conservation, plant community or microbial ecology, or nutrient cycling.
The ACCE DTP is committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills
Tax-free annual UKRI stipend (£15,285 for 2020/21)
UK tuition fees (£4,473 for 2021/22)
Research support and training charges (RSTC)
International candidates (including EU) will be considered however they will need to have adequate funds to meet the difference in tuition fees. International tuition fees for 2021 entry is £22,250.
Not all projects will be funded; a limited number of candidates will be appointed via a competitive process.
START DATE: 1st October 2021
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