Chemistry PhD scholarship available

PhD scholarship in development of next generation fertilizers

An exciting PhD opportunity to develop enhanced efficiency fertilizers to improve nitrogen efficiency is available in the School of Chemistry/Bio21 Institute as part of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre (ACJRC) “Healthy Soils for Sustainable Food Production and Environmental Quality”.

The work involves the design and chemical synthesis of novel urease and nitrification inhibitors that mitigate nitrogen losses. Mechanisms of molecule-plant interactions and impact on plant function will be studied in collaboration with the Forschungszentrum J├╝lich, Germany.

We are seeking a qualified and enthusiastic candidate with expertise in synthetic organic chemistry for this immediate open, three-year postgraduate research position.

The Australia-China Joint Research Centre (ACJRC) “Healthy Soils for Sustainable Food Production and Environmental Quality” is a joint initiative between a number of Australian and Chinese Universities. This initiative, led by The University of Melbourne, works across four major themes:

  • Synchronisation of nutrients and water resources
  • Agricultural waste management (including composting)
  • Soil processes and remediation
  • Supply chain and food credentials.

Applicants must have completed tertiary studies in chemistry that are equivalent to a 4-year honours degree at an Australian university with a minimum overall result of H1 (80–100 per cent) or H2A (75–79 per cent). Applicants normally need to have completed a research project as part of their tertiary studies that accounts for at least 25 per cent of their year's work at fourth-year or Masters level.

Application process

Applicants should submit a CV (including contact details of two referees), scanned certified copies of academic transcripts and statement purpose. Describe succinctly in one to two pages your reasons for applying to us, your preparation for this field of study and why this is a good fit for you, your future career plans, and other aspects of your background as well as interests, which may aid us in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study. This documentation must be submitted electronically to:

Assoc Professor Uta Wille
School of Chemistry, Bio21 Institute
The University of Melbourne

Further information

If you require further information about the scholarship please contact Associate Prof Uta Wille (phone: +61 3 8344 2425).