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Seafood Safety PhD Science Scholarship


$27,596 per annum (2019 rate, indexed) 

3 years, with the option for a 6 month extension.





Species of marine microalgae can produce toxins that impact fisheries and aquaculture industries worldwide. As yet, we have limited information available regarding the genetic regulation and basis of harmful algal toxin production, especially concerning species that produce internationally significant toxins such as ciguatoxins, which cause substantial illness in Pacific Island nations. This project will determine markers related to the genetic basis of toxin production in marine dinoflagellates, particularly species of Gambierdiscus. This project will involve working closely with industry partners and team members to resolve a key scientific question.

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be either permanent Australian residents or New Zealand citizens. 
Applicants need to have completed either:

  • BSc Honours with First Class or Second Class Division 1; or
  • MSc with a research thesis of at least 6 months, or
  • A recognized international equivalent degree. 

Selection process

  • A degree in marine biology, genetics, or microbiology
  • A basic understanding of molecular genetic and bioinformatics approaches
  • An ability to work well as part of a team

How to apply

Send your expression of interest to Shauna Murray. Shortlisted applicants will receive further instructions.