University of Adelaide Research Scholarship - Finding the missing links in salt and water transport in plants

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Up to 3.5 years (PhD)
Postgraduate Research
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The PhD Scholarship “Finding the missing links in salt and water transport in plants” is fully funded by the University of Adelaide to support a full-time PhD student who is commencing research in the field of Plant Biology. The successful candidate will be working within a team funded by an Australian Research Council grant to Emeritus Professor Steve Tyerman and Dr Megan Shelden and including a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

The project aims to reveal the molecular pathways that regulate water and ion transport via aquaporins using advanced techniques in biophysics and molecular biology. These results will provide novel insights into how plants coordinate and adapt to changing water and salt conditions, addressing a missing link in how ions and water move in and out of plant vacuoles. Benefits include an expanded, innovative range of targets for plant breeding programs to improve plant productivity in our changing climate.

The PhD student will primarily be responsible for surveying Arabidopsis, barley and/or grapevine aquaporins for ion conducting phenotypes, generating site-directed mutants of these genes of interest and potentially generating and phenotyping plant mutants. The PhD project will integrate components of physiology and molecular biology to understand salt and water movement across cellular membranes. They will join the team of researchers involved in this project and will be expected to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Adelaide.


Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia or international students who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide. Please refer to How to Apply for details regarding PhD admission eligibility requirements.

The successful applicant must be able to commence study in Semester 2, 2022.


The scholarship will be for up to 3.5 years (PhD) and has a stipend of $28,854 (indexed annually) per annum. Details of any terms and/or benefits can be found in the Conditions of Award. The stipend is likely to be tax exempt, subject to Taxation Office approval. 


Dr Megan Shelden
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
(08) 8313 6652

Expression of interest:

Expressions of interest should be submitted to Dr Megan Shelden via email with the name of scholarship in the subject heading. Please ensure you include all of the following documents:

  • Evidence of Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent resident status (if applicable)
  • Degree certificates (testamurs)
  • Academic transcripts
  • Translations of non-English documentation
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Curriculum vitae

Short-listed applicants may be invited to an interview. Selected candidates will be invited to submit a formal application for admission. Instructions will be provided to candidates in due course.