Faculty of Sciences Industry Engagement PhD Scholarship: Plant-Microbe Interactions

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Payment per year
3 years
Postgraduate Research
Australian Citizens
Australian Permanent Residents
New Zealand Citizens
Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders
International Students
Type of Scholarship
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Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology (SET)
Available To
Commencing Students

Area of Research

Plant-microbe interactions


Project title

Identifying beneficial microbes to improve crop productivity


Project description

The Industry Engagement PhD Scholarship is funded by Faculty of Sciences to support a full-time PhD student who is commencing research in plant-microbe interactions. We are recruiting a PhD student (Australian citizen/ Permanent Resident preferred) to work on our recent ARC Linkage project. The student will identify mechanisms that assist beneficial microbes (bacteria and fungi) to provide improved crop nutritional growth by employing multiple techniques including microbiology and plant culture and analysis in glasshouse, laboratory and field experimentation. Expected outputs will assist in the development of crops with improved performance with an improved understanding of how plants interact with beneficial microbes.

A highly competitive scholarship of $37,456 p.a. is available immediately (until a suitable candidate is identified).



Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia/international students who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide.



The scholarship will be for 3 years and has a stipend of $37,456 per annum.

It is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval.



Contact Person: Assoc Prof Matthew Denton

School of: Agriculture, Food and Wine

Tel: (08) 83131098              Email: matthew.denton@adelaide.edu.au



Expression of interest

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Associate Professor Matthew Denton, matthew.denton@adelaide.edu.au. Please ensure you include all of the following documents:


  • A cover letter outlining your interest
  • Evidence of Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent resident status (if applicable)
  • Degree certificates (testamurs)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Curriculum vitae