The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE)is a research institute within Western Sydney University. HIE has rapidly become a research leader in environmental and ecological research, with a strong reputation for delivering research outcomes of the highest quality. HIE is home to a team of over 50 academic research scientists and more than 80 PhD students, with access to a unique suite of world-class research facilities.
We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD program of research commencing in 2019. We are seeking to appoint a PhD student to focus on research related to plant / soil microbiome interactions.
This project seeks to identify (a) the links between plant and soil microbiomes and consequences for productivity, (b) the impact of microbial or microbiome amendments on plant physiology, crop productivity and soil health, and (c) the response of soil microbiomes to stress. The successful candidate will utilise a range of analytical procedures including state-of-the-art next generation sequencing (NGS), plant health and soil / plant microbiome measures to characterise how these variables impact microbiomes and their activities. They will be trained in the broad areas of microbiome-technology and should be able to analyse data from NGS (amplicon and shotgun) sequencing results. Statistical skills for analysing microbiome data are required, and relevant training will be provided to candidates with excellence in other areas of the project.
The successful candidate will be expected to communicate project findings via journal publications, reports and presentations at conferences to both scientific and non-scientific audiences. The position is based at the Hawkesbury Campus of Western Sydney University, Richmond, NSW.