PhD Scholarship in Applied Chemistry and Biosciences

The project aims to develop biological nanoparticles from sweet corn, i.e. phytoglycogen, and investigate how these nanoparticles are processed in human and plant cells using super resolution microscopy.

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 this scholarship is $32,788
  • This scholarship will be available for 3.5 years.

The ideal candidate will have a postgraduate degree in applied chemistry, nanotechnology, biochemistry, pharmacology or a related field.

Please email your detailed CV (including research publications) to or

21 May 2021.

1st July 2021.

Having prior research experience and publications will be an advantage.

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

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