The role of gut microbiota in mediating the effects of nutrition on lifespan and reproduction

  • Phd
  • $30,000 p.a. stipend, $2,000 re-location
  • 31 March 2022

This project will examine how the gut microbiota mediates nutritional effects on lifespan and reproduction.


We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to understand the complexity of the evolutionary process. In particular, the project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in evolutionary biology, evolutionary genetics, microbiology, nutrition and/or entomology.

The successful applicant should:

  • hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least 25% research component, (iii) Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.

  • demonstrate strong academic performance in subjects relevant to evolutionary biology, microbiology and nutritional ecology.

  • have an understanding of the importance of evolutionary adaptation and the experimental designs and approaches needed to demonstrate this process.

  • be willing to learn new analytical techniques in microbiology and molecular genetics, as well as the statistical analysis of large and complex data sets.

  • be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.

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  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000(AUD) per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs, supported by the Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset.
  • International candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000(AUD) per annum for up to 3 years to support living costs. Those with a strong track record will be eligible for a tuition fee waiver.
  • Support for conference attendance, laboratory work and additional costs as approved by the School of Science.
  • Up to $2,000(AUD) to assist with relocation to Western Sydney University, Hawkesbury Campus.


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