PhD Opportunities


Are you looking for an exciting PhD project that might just change the world?

We are currently accepting applications for PhD students interested in undertaking photosynthesis research projects.

Our PhD 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.

You will have the opportunity to work in exciting photosynthesis research projects within one of the following programs:

  • Improving leaf carbon dioxide capture efficiency
  •  Improving light energy capture efficiency
  •  Exploiting photosynthetic variation
  •  Linking leaf function and the field performance of crops

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


Current Opportunities

Western Sydney University

Two PhD projects are available at the Western Sydney University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis:

  • Regulation of C4 photosynthesis by sugar sensing
  • Water use efficiency of C4 photosynthesis

Contact Dr Oula Ghannoum to discuss eligibility and interests. Closing date : 24 June, 2018

More information and application form here

Applying for a PhD scholarship, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney Node


The Australian National University

Contact the researchers below for a chat about potential projects:

Unravelling the mysteries of C4 photosynthesis to boost crop production

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Tools and techniques for measuring photosynthesis in the field

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Understanding CO2 diffusion inside leaves

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Capturing light, driving productivity

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Using cyanobacterial bicarbonate transporters to enhance crop photosynthesis

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Supercharging CO2 fixation in plants

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Applying for a doctorate (PhD) or Honours at The Australian National University


The University of Sydney

PhD opportunities are available for the following topic areas:

For more information, contact one of our researchers.