The University of Western Australia (UWA) is offering PhD scholarships in a research project related to plant sciences to excellent international or domestic student.

The University of Western Australia is a public research university in the Australian, the main campus is located in Perth, along with a secondary campus in Albany and various other facilities elsewhere. UWA was established in 1911, the university has an enrollment of more than 25,000 students and a staff of 3,700.

UWA is located by the Swan River and only minutes from Perth’s city centre, and is often described as one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses. The city of Perth offers an affordable study environment, with sunny weather, a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and beautiful natural scenery.

UWA is one of the most prestigious universities in Australia, and has been ranked at #92 by the QS world university rankings 2021. UWA is divided into 4 faculties, namely; 1) Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Education, 2) Faculty of Science, 3) Faculty of Engineering & Mathematical sciences, 4) Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences.

PhD Scholarship Description

Country offering Scholarships: Australia

Organization offering Scholarships: University of Western Australia

Eligible Countries: International or domestic applicants

Program Offered: PhD

Type of Funding: Living allowance stipend

Amount of Funding: AUD$ 30,000 per year

Number of Scholarships: More than one

Scholarship duration: 3 years (full-time basis)

Deadline to apply: July 27, 2020

PhD in plant science

The project title for the PhD position is “Modelling Evolution of Optimal Rooting Strategies and Plant Species Co-existence.” In this project the selected candidate will utilize and adapt an existing computational model that simulates the eco-evolutionary processes involved in plants foraging for limited soil moisture. This computer model simulates how a single-species populations plants evolve new root foraging strategies in different conditions.

The aim of the project is to improve the model in different ways; Representing competition among individuals more explicitly, inclusion of multiple species, and including foraging for below ground resources other than water, such as nitrogen or phosphorus.

The computer model will finally be utilized to investigate basic level questions in theoretical ecology, including functional diversity, species co-existence, speciation, and the uniqueness of evolutionary trajectories.

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The candidate is required to have an interest in plant sciences, with some skills in mathematics, scientific computer programming, and statistics.

It is expected that the applicant is able to handle and process large data sets, along with a background in theoretical ecology, ecological modelling, plant ecology or community ecology.

Applicants without skills or background in one or more of these areas may also be considered if they can demonstrate an ability to learn the required skills and background.

Due to the scope of the project in plant science, more than one PhD student may be required.