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  Experimental approaches to the evolution of anisogamy in a single celled alga

   School of Biological Sciences

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  Assoc Prof Joseph Tomkins  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

We are looking for a talented student to conduct their PhD on the evolutionary biology of anisogamy. Anisogamy is the difference in size between male and female gametes and is the driver of sexual selection and the evolution of the sexes. We have an experimental system amenable to studying the evolution of sex. This is the normally isogamous algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii which we have evolved to anisogamous. There are numerous important and interesting experiments to conduct on these diverged lines.

The successful applicant would ideally have experience working with single celled algae or similar micro-organisms preferably in an evolutionary context. They should be deeply interested in and have a good knowledge of evolution. They would either have or be predicted to get a first class Honours or Master’s degree at an institution of high repute. The degree must have included a research project that represents a significant contribution to the final mark. While papers are important evidence of research ability a high GPA weighs more on the ranking process, so if your GPA is good but you have no publications please consider applying.

Few people feel like they can full fill these criteria – if you are interested, please email me with a CV and brief letter stating your interest and background and I will let you know whether I think your skill set and academic record would place you well against the competition.

Applications are open for non-Australian applicants both in Australia and overseas.

Biological Sciences (4)

Funding Notes

2022 International round opens 1st July to 31st August.
2022 Domestic and UWA International Graduates-only round 1st September to 31st October.
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