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Phd Opportunity - Wheat Germination

Edith Cowan University - Joondalup, WA

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  • Scholarships offered through Edith Cowan University
  • Joondalup Campus OR CSIRO, St Lucia QLD
  • Applications are open to both Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents


PhD opportunity in understanding wheat germination using -omics strategies

About The PhD Project

The Food and Agricultural Proteomics Research Group is looking for outstanding applicant who is interested in pursuing a PhD in wheat germination using multi-omics approach. The Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project will investigate the genetic and molecular mechanisms controlling pre-harvest sprouting (PHS) and late-maturity amylase (LMA) using transcriptomics and proteomics.

Sprouting damage represents a major global threat to wheat production and food security. The multi-omics research project is aimed at generating the fundamental knowledge of grain molecular physiology using the unique set of wheat cultivars grown at CSIRO. The successful applicant will work closely with scientists from ECU and CSIRO to further extend the knowledge on wheat biochemistry using big-data approach to decode the complex genotype and environment interactions. The successful candidate will gain experience on molecular mechanisms underpinning seed dormancy, -omics-based experimental design, data acquisition, analysis and integration.

ECU Food and Agricultural Proteomics is equipped with state-of-the-art proteomics facilities and recognised worldwide for vast experience in grain proteomics.

CSIRO is a world leader in the modification of cereal grain composition for enhanced nutritional value, with three products commercialised to date: BARLEYmaxTM, High Amylose Wheat and Kebari® Barley.

Selection Criteria
Applicants should have a high level of achievement, including an Honours degree, Masters by Research or equivalent. The degree could be in a range of relevant fields, such as the chemical or biological sciences. Applicants should also have a strong interest in agriculture. Applications are open to Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents.

A dedicated scholarship is available for this project, but applicants will need to lodge an application at http://www.ecu.edu.au/scholarships/overview.

How To Apply

Potential applicants should email a copy of their CV and a cover letter outlining their interest and skills to Professor Michelle Colgrave. Please indicate your preference to be based in Brisbane or Perth.

For more information about the positions and the application procedure, please contact Professor Michelle Colgrave via email: m.colgrave@ecu.edu.au

Closing Date
Expressions of Interest close Monday 31 May 2021 at 11.30pm AWST.

ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.