Plant and Soil Molecular Biology: PhD Scholarship 1175 views

A PhD position is available in Plant and Soil Molecular Biology at University of Canterbury (UC) to study the coupling of soil C and N cycling in grazed agricultural systems. Application of molecular techniques to determine the functional diversity of organisms regulating carbon/nitrogen dynamics, leaching and gaseous nitrogen losses in grazed grassland.

Duration: 3 year

Funding agency: The research is supported by funding from the New Zealand Government.

Supervisor: Prof. Matthew Turnbull (UC), Prof. David Whitehead, Dr Gwen Grelet (Landcare Research).


  • Applicant must demonstrate a high level of academic achievement at the UG and PG level.
  • Applicant is required to have a B.Sc. (Hons) or equivalent to enroll as a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury.
  • Applicant must have background in plant biology and/or soil microbial ecology.
  • Applicant with background in biochemistry, molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics would have an advantage.
  • Awardee will be required to carry out both fieldwork and lab-based studies in the course of research.

Scholarship value:

  • Stipend: NZ$21,000/annum; tax free
  • Tuition-fee payment
  • insurance of approx. $9,000/a
  • travel provisions: recipient will have the opportunity to attend an appropriate training workshop early in the project and present the work at an international conference in the latter half of the project

Starting date: late 2016, depending on the availability of appropriate candidates


Note: Skype-interview will be held of short-listed potential candidates in October.

—————Quick Overview————-
Organization University of Canterbury
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Country New Zealand
Subject areas Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Biochemistry, Genomics, Bioinformatics
Fellowship amount NZ$21,000/annum with other allowances
Eligibility Open for all nationalities
Deadline October 3, 2016


Prof. Matthew Turnbull

School of Biological Sciences

University of Canterbury


New Zealand


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