A fully funded PhD scholarship is available exploring the molecular basis of how bacteria navigate their environment. In particular, we are interested in bacterial chemotaxis in the phyllosphere. This project involves mapping the metabolites present on leaf surfaces (metabolomics), and characterizing the chemosensory repertoire of the microbe (protein biochemistry, genetics and microscopy). As such, it will provide a multi-disciplinary training opportunity for the right candidate.
This position is in the laboratory of Dr Monica Gerth at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. A background in microbiology, biochemistry or a closely related discipline is essential. Applicants must have a strong GPA, and excellent written and verbal English language skills. Applicants and must also meet all the Victoria University of Wellington requirements for entry, as described here: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr/prospective-phds/qualifications-required
- A cover letter explaining how this project fits with your interests/expertise. - A curriculum vitae. - A copy of your academic transcript (including a list of grades). - IELTS scores or equivalent (if first language is not English). - The names of at least two academic referees.
This is a grant-funded position that provides 3-years of stipend (NZ$27,500 per year) and tuition fees.