Exploring the Black Box of Archaeal Methane Metabolism

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

The successful candidate will be working under the direct supervision of Dr Paul Evans as part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow Award, entitled “Exploring the Black Box of Archaeal Methane Metabolism”.

This project aims to build on new discoveries about how ancient microorganisms belonging to the Archaea process methane, a significant greenhouse gas. This project expects to generate new data about how these novel Archaea are able to generate methane and other non-methane carbon substrates through metabolic pathways using an interdisciplinary approach of metagenomic, molecular biology and cultivation techniques. Expected outcomes of this project include improved techniques to grow these ancient microorganisms, investigate how they process methane, and understand how they contribute to the global carbon cycle. 

The candidate will be involved with sampling of bioreactors, hot springs and other anaerobic aquatic environments; manipulation and analysis of DNA sequence data; anaerobic cultivation and molecular biology techniques associated with growing recalcitrant microorganisms from environmental samples.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $29,863 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Paul Evans

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Email: p.evans3@uq.edu.au

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of bioinformatics, microbial metabolism and molecular biology would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of bioinformatics, microbiology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of bacterial metabolism and molecular biology is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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