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PhD candidate, plant ecophysiology modelling

Employer: Macquarie University
Posted: January 13, 2014
Expires: May 15, 2014
Requisition number: 2014075

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A full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES) is available for a suitably qualified prospective PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences associated with successful Discovery Project DP140101875. Please see the official advertisement at the Macquarie University scholarships website (

A PhD scholarship is available in plant ecophysiology modelling in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University. The successful candidate will develop vegetation models based on strategies of nitrogen allocation among groups of proteins within leaves, throughout plants, and across environmental gradients. Data assimilation techniques will be used to incorporate information from state-of-the-art proteomics experiments performed concurrently within ARC Discovery and SIEF fellowship projects.

The student will be co-supervised by A/Prof Belinda Medlyn and Prof Paul Haynes and will work in cooperation with other project members: Prof Mark Westoby, Dr. Steve Van Sluyter, Prof David Tissue (University of Western Sydney, Dr. Ying-Ping Wang (CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research) and Prof Steve Gygi (Harvard Medical School).

Applicants must have completed a Masters degree in a relevant discipline, with research component, or be able to demonstrate equivalent research experience. The project requires a candidate with strong numerical aptitude and an interest in plant ecology and physiology. Candidates should have a background in one or more of the following areas: plant physiology, ecology, pure or applied mathematics, physics, computer science, or statistics.

International applicants are encouraged to apply. The University will provide full tuition fee support, research support, and a living allowance stipend for the scholarship duration. The scholarship is 3 years full-time, 100% research, with no coursework component.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Dr Steve Van Sluyter, email:

The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for 3 years. Research support is $6000 per year. Additional international conference/research travel support up to $4000 is available through the Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund.

Prospective PhD applicants should have completed the equivalent of Macquarie University's Master of Research (MRes) degree, MPhil or other 2 year Masters degree with a major research component with excellent results. Refer to the HDR Entry Criteria webpage for more information (

To be eligible for a PhD scholarship applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance, especially in the research Masters degree, and additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University's scholarship rating guidelines.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer. Refer to the HDR Applications webpage for further application instructions (

Please apply through the University admissions system and quote the allocation reference number 2014075 on your application.

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