Mechanisms underpinning the formation and stabilisation of coastal blue carbon
PhD position within the Blue Carbon Lab @ Deakin university
We are looking for a PhD candidate to join our ARC Discovery grant research on the “Mechanisms underpinning the formation and stabilisation of coastal blue carbon”.
Candidates can apply for either of these two projects:
1. MICROBIAL COMMUNITY GENOMICS WITHIN BLUE CARBON ECOSYSTEMS
The project will aim to address the following:
- Characterise the functional capacity of microbial communities associated with recalcitrant Blue Carbon;
- Investigate sequence variation in taxonomic groups, functional gene repertoires and metabolic potential;
- Provide significant insight into the higher-order community organisation and dynamics of coastal microbiomes, and their variation among habitat type and depth.
2. BIOCHEMICAL MECHANISMS OF BLUE CARBON
The applicant will need to:
- Characterise recalcitrant carbon within Blue Carbon ecosystems using NMR for particulate organic carbon (POC) and FT-ICR-MS for dissolved organic carbon (DOC);
- Identify mechanisms of formation and destabilisation of recalcitrant carbon and quantify the impacts of environmental controls;
- Coordinating all relevant analyses (ie. gas flux measurements, elemental analyses, and chemical characterisation).
How to apply: PhD applicants should email the following documents to Dr Stacey Trevathan-Tackett (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- CV highlighting your skills, education, publications and relevant work experience;
- Cover letter (1 page) outlining your interest in the position and how your previous experience and technical skills suit the position.
- Both projects are open to PhD applicants, who will be enrolled in a 3-year PhD based at Deakin University’s Burwood campus (Melbourne);
- We are UNABLE to provide individual feedback on competitiveness. The following features were common among PhD candidates interviewed at the Blue Carbon Lab: (a) First authored-paper in scientific journal, (b) first class Honours/Masters, (c) experience directly related to the project, and (d) an accolade that reflects the student being among the top in their academic cohort;
- Applications will be received until the position is filled.
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