PhD Scholarship – Centre for Crop and Disease Management, Curtin University
PhD Student Scholarship, Perth, Western Australia
The 2022 PhD Stipend rate is $28,854 p.a. (tax-free), 3 years.
This scholarships was provided to the new Deputy Director of the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM). Co-supported by Curtin University and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, the CCDM does research that helps provide solutions to Australian farmers to protect crops from fungal pathogens, especially in wheat, barley, canola and pulses.
The research topic for students receiving this scholarship will be to better understand fungicide behaviour inside plants. Focusing on important field-used fungicides, using a model plant system, genetic mutants and mass spectrometry we will ask about their behaviour in plants. Do plants deactivate them? Does it affect their movement inside the plant? What chemical structures do they turn fungicides into? How quickly does it happen for each? Can its chemical structure protect a fungicide from biotransformation in plants? How does environment affect these processes? What enzymes are responsible for it?
The projects will have a strong mass spectrometry component. Students will have access to an OrbiTrap Exploris 120 (a highly sensitive mass spectrometer) and trained and supported in its use by a full-time technical mass spectrometry expert.
A suitable candidate can start immediately or by January 2023.
Citizenship must be Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa
To apply for this job please visit scholarships.curtin.edu.au.