Long-term experimental evolution of a mixed species bacterial biofilm community

University of Technology Sydney
November 03, 2023
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The Australian Institute for Microbiology & Infection (AIMI) at UTS is offering a PhD Scholarship for one domestic student to work on a funded project.

This project aims to study the long-term experimental evolution of a mixed species bacterial biofilm community. This project expects to gain understanding of the genetic and physiological basis of community evolution.

Expected outcomes of this project will be an understanding of how synthetic communities evolve. This will significantly benefit the use of synthetic communities relevant to fields such as antibiotic design, biotechnology, bioremediation, and synthetic biology where evolution can be inhibited or exploited, respectively.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be either Australian or New Zealand citizens/permanent residents.

To be eligible for this application, you must hold the following or equivalent degree in :

  • Honours degree with First Class, or Second-Class Division 1, or
  • MSc Research or MSc Coursework with a research thesis of at least 6 months.
  • Selection process
  • be highly motivated and capable of independent work
  • have a strong team focus and have the ability to work with a diverse range of people and within established collaborative teams
  • possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • have knowledge of a research/laboratory environment and requirements
  • be computer literate in standard research software.
  • How to apply

    Applicants should send their CV, list of publications, and responses addressing the above selection criteria to Professor Diane McDougald by the closing date. Shortlisted candidates will be advised with further details.

    Need more information? Contact...

    Please contact Professor Diane McDougald for further information.

    Other information
    The University of Technology Sydney is Australia’s Top Young University and ranked within the Top 200 universities worldwide. Its vibrant campus is located in the center of Sydney, with easy access to all amenities and transport that is ideally suited for PhD student living. The core mission of Australian Institute for Microbiology & Infection (AIMI) at UTS is to decipher interlinked human, animal, and environmental problems in microbiology and disease. Our internationally recognised researchers apply cutting-edge research methods and tools to understand how microbes grow, live, adapt, and survive, with cross-connected Institute themes that focus on antibiotic resistance, infectious diseases, vaccine development & biosecurity, food safety, computational biology, genomics and proteomics, microbial ecology, and microbial morphology. As well as building in-depth disciplinary expertise, a UTS research degree will equip you with skills and knowledge that are highly valued in industry, government, and academia.

    $32,500 per year (RTP Stipend rate, indexed annually); additional funds ($7.5k) during the course of the PhD for travel and other PhD-related expenses.


    3.5 years.








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