The University of Newcastle, Australia

Environmental Factors Controlling Absorption and Impact of Metallic Anions in Plants

Closing Date: 30 June 2019


PhD Scholarship

This project will develop new information and modelling approaches for the absorption and impacts of metallic anions in plants, which will provide new insights on ecotoxicological modelling for inorganic anionic toxicants.

Ecological Health

Metallic anions (e.g. arsenic and selenium) are an important group of elements in terrestrial environments due to their role in human and ecological health, both positive and negative. Some elements such as selenium are critical to human health and sub-optimal intake rates are associated with a range of serious health conditions. Human health impacts of metallic anions have received intense world-wide research, especially in the case of arsenic due to its well documented impact on the Bangladesh population. In comparison, the processes and environmental factors influencing ecological toxicity of this group of elements have received far less attention. This project will develop a coherent model platform predicting the absorption and toxicity of metallic anions in agricultural and contaminated environments. We are looking for someone with an interest in the development of sophisticated ecotoxicological modelling approaches for metallic anions in terrestrial environments. The project will investigate and quantify the key factors controlling plant uptake and toxicity focussing on the aqueous and gas phase composition. A critical component of the project will involve detailed investigation of metal (loid) speciation within plant tissues using hyphenated chromatography techniques such as liquid chromatography inductively coupled mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry and synchrotron based techniques. The successful applicant will work alongside a team of researchers to achieve the project aims.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: Scholarship #1: Australian Research Council funded scholarship. $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years. Scholarship #2: University of Newcastle funded scholarship. $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: Dr Dane Lamb

Available to: Domestic students

PhD

Eligibility Criteria

This opportunity presents 2 PhD Scholarship Offers:

Scholarship #1: Candidate must Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Straight Islander. Please also refer to the admission eligibility criteria.

Scholarship #2: Candidate must Identify as Domestic (Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident). Candidate may commence their PhD after 1 January 2020. Please refer to the admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to Dane.lamb@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 30 June 2019.

Applications Close 30 June 2019


Contact Dr Dane Lamb
Phone 0431608039
Email Dane.lamb@newcastle.edu.au

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