PhD Project: Carbon sequestration potential of seaweeds

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We are seeking a highly-motivated PhD student to join our DeakinSeaweed research group and Blue Carbon Lab for a project examining the carbon sequestration potential of seaweeds supervised by Dr Alecia Bellgrove, A/Prof. Peter Macreadie and Dr Stacey Trevathan-Tackett.  The project will combine advanced analytical chemistry, seascape ecology, modelling, and environmental microbiology to develop novel biomarkers to search for seaweed carbon within marine sediments, uptake and retention rates of seaweed carbon within marine sediments, and model seaweed carbon export from Australian coasts. The research will help fulfil an important gap in our understanding of the contribution of seaweeds to global blue carbon sequestration.

You must be competitive for a PhD scholarship at Deakin University (currently valued at approximately AU$26,682 per annum) and apply in the upcoming scholarship round (due Thursday 15 March, 2018).  In addition to the PhD stipend, you will be supported with up to $11,200 base-level research funding.

Australian Honours graduates with an H1A and score above 85% will be considered; international applicants should have several first-authored papers in peer-reviewed international journals with Q1 Scimago journal ranking ( PhDs at Deakin University are 3 years and free of tuition fees for scholarship holders if completed within the 3 year time frame. Interested applicants should send (to 1) a brief CV (including a list of any peer-reviewed papers) and 2) a 1-2 page letter stating reasons for wanting to do a PhD, a summary of research experience, information on how your skills will be relevant to the project, and a statement about your undergraduate track record including information on your grade point average.


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