Honours Opportunities

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis is currently looking for Honours students interested in photosynthesis research projects. Our Honours projects provide training in cutting-edge techniques spanning laboratory and field science, genetics, biochemistry, physiology and modelling. You will work with internationally recognised scientists on exciting projects that are tackling real-world problems, such as climate change and food security. 

In 2020, The Centre is offering The Charles Barry Osmond Honours Scholarships, valued at $7000 for students who:

  • Have been successful in gaining entry into the Honours year of an undergraduate program offered by the Research School of Biology at the Australian National University,

  • Have a strong academic record

  • Have a willing and suitable supervisor who is associated with the Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis.

Applications open 14 October 2019 and close 6 December 2019.

Click here for more details on how to apply

The Centre has state-of-the-art plant science research facilities at its six nodes, including ANU, the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, Western Sydney University, CSIRO and the International Institute for Rice Research (IRRI) located in the Philippines.



We provide students with an unique opportunity to work with internationally recognised leaders in exciting photosynthesis research projects from one of the following programs:



Contacts and topics for potential Honours projects in 2019-2020 include:

Identification of genotypic variability in wheat and sorghum. Available at the University of Queensland.

Talk to: Graeme Hammer  

Unravelling the mysteries of C4 photosynthesis to boost crop production
Talk to: Robert Furbank robert.furbank@anu.edu.au, Susanne von Caemmerer  susanne.caemmerer@anu.edu.au, Maria Ermakova maria.ermakova@anu.edu.au

Tools and techniques for measuring photosynthesis in the field
Talk to: Robert Furbank  robert.furbank@anu.edu.au, Tony Condon tony.condon@csiro.au, Gonzalo Estavillo gonzalo.estavillo@csiro.au

Using aquaporins to enhance photosynthesis and plant performance
Talk to: John Evans john.evans@anu.edu.au, Michael Groszmann Michael.groszmann@anu.edu.au

Capturing light, driving productivity
Talk to: John Evans  john.evans@anu.edu.au, Susanne von Caemmerer  susanne.cammerer@anu.edu.au

Using cyanobacterial bicarbonate transporters and carboxysomes to enhance crop photosynthesis

Talk to:  Dean Price dean.price@anu.edu.au

Supercharging CO2 fixation in plants
Talk to:  Spencer Whitney spencer.whitney@anu.edu.au, Robert Sharwood Robert.sharwood@anu.edu.au