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Defining how inter-bacterial symbioses regulate aquatic ecosystem health at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia 2023

Application is now open for Defining how inter-bacterial symbioses regulate aquatic ecosystem health at the University of Technology Sydney. Interested applicants are encouraged to send in their applications before the deadline date.

About the University of Technology Sydney and Scholarship

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is a public university dedicated to supporting the economic, social, and cultural well-being of its communities. UTS emphasizes the success of its students, staff, and partners and is committed to research, innovation, and the dissemination of knowledge with public value. Inclusivity is a core value of UTS.

The university offers a culturally diverse campus life and provides vibrant international exchange, study, and research programs. UTS prepares its graduates for contemporary and future workplaces. Its campus is located in the heart of Sydney’s creative and digital precinct, adjacent to the city’s central business district.


The research project described involves the study of planktonic bacteria and their essential roles in regulating the health and functionality of aquatic ecosystems. The research aims to uncover previously overlooked interactions between aquatic bacteria and understand the chemical exchanges, behavioral mechanisms, and ecosystem-level effects of these interactions. The project is expected to offer a fresh perspective on how bacterial symbioses impact the well-being of crucial aquatic ecosystems, including oceans, rivers, and lakes.

This research project is based within the Ocean Microbes Group (OMG), a part of the Climate Change Cluster (C3) at UTS. The OMG focuses on investigating the ecological and biogeochemical functions of marine microbes. C3, an institute with UTS’s “research strength,” is home to 90 researchers and provides a dynamic environment along with extensive field and laboratory equipment and research infrastructure accessible to the successful candidate throughout the project.

Details about Defining how inter-bacterial symbioses regulate aquatic ecosystem health at the University of Technology Sydney:

Scholarship Sponsor: University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Scholarship Value: $32,500 per year (RTP Stipend rate, indexed annually); additional funds ($7.5k) are available during the PhD for travel and other directly PhD-related expenses

Number of awards: N/A

Study level: PhD

Host Institution(s): University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Eligibility Criteria for Defining How inter-bacterial symbioses regulate aquatic ecosystem health

Applicants for this research project can be international or domestic students, including permanent Australian residents or New Zealand citizens. To be eligible, applicants should have completed a UTS-recognized degree with one of the following qualifications:

  1. MSc Research or MSc Coursework with a research thesis of at least 6 months.
  2. Bachelor Honours degree with a classification of 1st Class, 2nd Class Division 1, or Division 1 honors, or an equivalent or higher qualification.
  3. Submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrate the potential to pursue graduate research studies.

International Students

International students must enroll full-time and on campus to qualify for an Australian student visa. International students with student visas in Australia are also required to finish their courses within the typical full-time time frame. Only in extraordinary situations may students prolong their studies.

Selection Procedure

This scholarship opportunity at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) offers two positions—one for a domestic student and one for an international student. The selection for these positions will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must have the following qualifications and attributes:

  1. Demonstrated experience in microbiology, molecular biology, or analytical chemistry.
  2. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  4. High level of motivation and enthusiasm.
  5. Ability to commence studies as soon as possible.

If you meet these criteria and are interested in this scholarship opportunity, you should consider applying promptly due to the first-come, first-serve selection process.

Application Process for Defining How inter-bacterial symbioses regulate aquatic ecosystem health

  • Prepare the following documents:
    • CV (Curriculum Vitae)
    • A ½ page expression of interest
  • Send your CV and expression of interest to Prof. Justin Seymour and Dr Jean-Baptiste Raina before the closing date.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified with further details.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Prof. Justin Seymour. Make sure to submit your application promptly, as positions are limited and selection is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Submission Deadline is: 01 November 2023

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