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Scholarship details

CCDM Deputy Director’s Scholarship

Status: Open

Applications open: 6/05/2022
Applications close: 31/12/2022

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About this scholarship

These two scholarships were provided for the new Deputy Director of the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM). Co-supported by Curtin University and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, the CCDM does research that helps provide solutions to Australian farmers to protect crops from fungal pathogens, especially in wheat, barley, canola and pulses.

The research topic for students receiving these scholarships will be to better understand fungicide behaviour inside plants. Focusing on important field-used fungicides, using a model plant system, genetic mutants and mass spectrometry we will ask about their behaviour in plants. Do plants deactivate them? Does it affect their movement inside the plant? What chemical structures do they turn fungicides into? How quickly does it happen for each? Can its chemical structure protect a fungicide from biotransformation in plants? How does environment affect these processes? What enzymes are responsible for it?

The projects will have a strong mass spectrometry component. Students will have access to an OrbiTrap Exploris 120 (a highly sensitive mass spectrometer) and trained and supported in its use by a full-time technical mass spectrometry expert.

A suitable candidate can start immediately or by January 2023.

Although open, once candidates of suitable merit are found, the call will be closed. E-mail if you are in any doubt whether these two scholarships are still available.

  • Future Students
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Merit Based

Total value of the annual scholarships (stipend and tuition fee scholarships) is approx. $60,000 - $70,000 p.a. The 2022 PhD Stipend rate is $28,854 p.a. The successful recipient will receive stipend support for up to a maximum of 3 years.

Scholarship Details


Any HDR student wishing to study the fields of plant metabolism, molecular biology and chemical biology

For domestic students or Australian residents with a Masters or Honours degree in a relevant field of science (e.g. biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology)

Application process

  • If this project excites you, and your research skills and experience are a good fit for this specific project, you should complete the Expression of Interest (EOI form).
  • You will need to ensure you accurately select the Project lead (listed below) as your nominated supervisor and provide details for at least one referee. 
  • Expression of Interest for higher degree by research form.
  • The preferred candidate for this project will be invited to apply for admission via E-Apps and automatically put forward for consideration in this year’s competitive RTP scholarship selection round.
  • This does not guarantee you a scholarship. 
  • Admission and scholarship outcomes will be issued separately.

Changes to Enrolment

Recipients must complete their milestone 1 within 6 month of enrolment and remain enrolled on a full time basis for the duration of the scholarship


To enquire about this project opportunity contact the Project lead (listed below).

Name: Prof. Josh Mylne


Contact Number: 08 9266 4463

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