ARC Training Centre – Impact of Biosolids-Based Fertiliser Blends on Soil Health Metrics and Plant Pathogens

Identify the best markets and products to target for new biosolids-based engineered fertiliser.

The ARC Training Centre for the Transformation of Australia’s Biosolids Resource: ICHDR (PhD) – Assessment of the impact of biosolids-based fertiliser blends on soil health metrics and plant pathogens involves research to identify the best markets and products to target for new biosolids-based engineered fertiliser product with the primary purpose of enhancing plant growth through provision of nutrients and/or other impacts on soil health.

Specifically, the project will examine the following:

  • 18s rDNA sequencing from rhizosphere and bulk soil-assess fungal diversity and quantify plant pathogens
  • 16s rDNA sequencing from rhizosphere and bulk soil-assess bacterial diversity and quantify pathogens
  • Antibiotic Resistance Genes using published primers to detect Β-lactams, tetracyclines, aminoglycosides, macrolides, chloramphenicol, quinolones, glycopeptides, aminoglycosides, rifampicin.
  • The value of the scholarship is $32,788
  • This scholarship will be available for 3.5 years.

Applicants need to have a background in microbiology, biotechnology molecular biology or another relevant biological science.

Desirable criteria:

  • Knowledge of wastewater management, agriculture and/or other land use and environmental challenges in Australia
  • Interest in and ability to work in an interdisciplinary setting, including with scientists and/or engineers
  • Demonstrated capacity to write for publications.

Email Professor Andy Ball at andy.ball@rmit.edu.au directly with your:

  • Statement of interest
  • Cover letter addressing the desirable criteria
  • CV
  • Academic qualifications

Also see the HDR How to Apply website.

Applications are open now.

1 July 2021.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Professor Andy Ball via andy.ball@rmit.edu.au or +61 3 9925 6594.

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