Gene Regulation, Genomics, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Signals and Responses
4 Year Degree
Legumes form a complex beneficial symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria that is tightly controlled by the host plant through a molecular signalling pathway, called Autoregulation of Nodulation (AON). As a result of this symbiosis, legumes require less nitrogen fertiliser and will be pivotal in promoting sustainable agricultural practices.
This project aims to use cutting-edge molecular biology techniques to characterise components of the AON pathway to increase our understanding of nodulation control and identify potential targets for selecting and/or generating superior plant varieties.
We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with a BSc with Honours or MSc. A Background in molecular biology and genetics is essential with good communication skills. Experience with plants is desirable, but exceptions made for candidates with strong skills in molecular biology. To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ (https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/uq-research-degrees).
Applicants must include a cover letter, academic CV including details of two referees and academic transcript for all post-secondary study undertaken, complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale. Please e-mail application as a single pdf document to email@example.com
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