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PhD Scholarship in Soil Science (Isotopes and Molecular Ecology)
Description

The PhD student will work within a team to investigate the effect of mechanical amelioration on Carbon and Nitrogen pathways (e.g. mineralisation and nitrification rates) at various soil depths. 

These laboratory experiments would involve repeat soil sampling analysis (pre and post-soil disturbance) and be based on 15N isotopic pool dilution techniques that enable the specific pathways of the soil nitrogen cycle to be separated. New knowledge on the impact of mechanical soil amelioration on the rate of decomposition of soil organic matter and its implications for soil nutrient supply will be generated.

You will be a part of a multidisciplinary team working within the SoilsWest alliance which brings together core and translational science, as well as industry with a focus on outcomes benefiting the agricultural industry and environment. Training will be provided to the successful student in use of 15N stable isotopes and molecular ecology to study soil processes that influence soil nutrient supply. More information can be found at: https://soilswest.org.au/student-opportunity/

Available in the International Scholarships Round 1 2020

Payment type
Fortnightly Stipend
Value
$30000
Value unit
Per annum
Basis of award
Academic Achievement
Eligibility

Completed Honours degree (H1) or MSc or equivalent in soil science

The project managers reserve the right to make an appointment before the closing date if a suitable applicant is identified.

Nationality
International
Study area
Agricultural Science, Environmental Science
Commencement date
06/01/2020
Applications open
22/03/2019
Applications close
30/08/2019
Tenable At
University of Western Australia
Currently available
Yes
Application status
Open