Defining how inter-bacterial symbioses regulate aquatic ecosystem health (PhD Project)

   Faculty of Science

  ,  Thursday, October 31, 2024  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Planktonic bacteria play crucial roles in regulating the productivity, health and function of aquatic ecosystems. Recent evidence suggests that the growth and ecological impacts of aquatic bacteria is potentially strongly regulated by previously over-looked inter-bacterial interactions. This project will combine cutting-edge approaches in genomics, phenomics and microfluidics to (i) identify new symbiotic interactions between bacteria, (ii) elucidate the key chemical currencies exchanged between bacterial partners, (iii) determine the behavioural mechanisms involved in the establishment and maintenance of bacterial symbioses, and (iv) assess how these symbioses govern important ecosystem-level processes. The outcomes of this project will deliver a fundamentally new perspective on the processes controlling the health of important aquatic ecosystems, including the ocean, rivers and lakes.


Applicants can be International or domestic student - either permanent Australian residents or New Zealand citizens. To be eligible for this applicantion, applicants must have completed a UTS recognised degree in

• MSc Research or MSc Coursework with a research thesis of at least 6 months,

• or Bachelor Honours degree with 1st Class, or 2nd Class Division 1, or division 1 honours, or an equivalent or higher qualification,

• or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Selection process

  • Demonstrated experience in microbiology, molecular biology or analytical chemistry.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of the team.
  • High level of motivation and enthusiasm.
  • Ability to commence studies as soon as possible.


Applicants should send their CV and list of publications to contact person’s email address by the closing date. The application process is currently open and will continue to be open until all positions have been filled. We highly encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. Shortlisted candidates will be advised with further details.

For further Information on application essentials please visit UTS Graduate Research applications.

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Biological Sciences (4) Chemistry (6) Environmental Sciences (13) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

Stipend Value $37000 per year and additional funds ($7.5k) during the course of the PhD for PhD-related expenses. Duration 3.5 years

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