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Promotion in Agrar-, Umwelt- und Geowissenschaften

Forschungsschwerpunkte

Innerhalb der Agrar-, Umwelt- und Geowissenschaften gibt es verschiedene Möglichkeiten der Spezialisierung. Folgende Forschungsbereiche lassen sich unter anderem diesem Studienfeld zuordnen:

  • Animal Science
  • Agricultural Science
  • Atmospheric sciences
  • Climate & Weather Sciences
  • Energy
  • Environmental sciences
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnology
  • Meteorology
  • Mineralogy
  • Numeric Modeling
  • Oceanography
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Petrology
  • Physical Geography 
  • Soil & Crop Science
  • Tectonics & Geodynamics
  • Veterinary Science  
  • Volcanology

Dein genaues Forschungsthema kannst du in direkter Absprache mit den potentiellen Supervisor:innen abstimmen. Falls du noch keine feste Vorstellung für dein Thema hast, schau dir gerne einige der aktuell ausgeschriebenen Projekte an.

Auswahl möglicher Forschungsprojekte in Australien

PhD Earth Sciences

University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Project Start Date:01/08/2023
Application Deadline:30/06/2023
Supervisor Name:Melissa Nursey-Bray, melissa.nursey-bray@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace Campus, Adelaide
 
Project Description:In the light of the climate crisis, adaptation to its impacts will be increasingly urgent. Adaptation programs are being implemnted the world over, often led by local government. However, there is a gap in knowledge about the extent to which adaptation programs fulfil their objectives, and to what extent they are successfully building long term community resilience to climate change. This project, which can either be a Australia/Germany comparative case study, or one country focussed, seeks to document the history of, and then assess the effectiveness of local government led climate adaptation. How does adaptation policy translate in practice? Results will offer pathways for more effective adaptation practice as well as insights into case studies, and development of a methodology by which to evaluate adaptation over time. Suitable for candidates with backgrounds in history, politics, environmental science, public and other policy, conservation and environmental management.
Funding Information:GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships
Categories : PhD Humanities | PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Project Start Date:01.07.2023
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Phill Cassey, phill.cassey@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:This project will determine the drivers of establishment for alien species in Antarctica, through the combination of species attributes and location (or site) -level attributes, and the driving processes of human activity. Biosecurity management requires a flexible and dynamic approach to multi-species risk assessment. The likelihood of establishment will be modelled as biophysical processes from: (i) species-level traits, (including life-cycle, species limits, and resource requirements of the species) ii) location and site attributes (including physical and biotic characteristics and iii) human activity (including reliability of transport and other activities that promote increased numbers (propagules)).
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects
University:University of Sydney
Faculty:Faculty of Engineering
Project Start Date:01.01.2024
Application Deadline:02.10.2023
Supervisor Name:Dr Natalie Holmes, natalie.holmes@sydney.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):Sydney / Camperdown
Project Description:

About the Opportunity:
This PhD research project will develop nanomaterials synthesised from organic semiconductors and bioactive molecules for applications in bioelectronics (artificial retina), organic photovoltaics (solar cells) and beyond. The research project is funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grant and will be conducted within the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis at the University of Sydney. This project will utilise advanced microscopy tools, including electron microscopy and synchrotron-based X-ray nanoscale microscopy, to form a feedback loop that informs smart nanomaterials design for future flexible electronics. The expected outcomes of this project include new high performance nanoengineered materials, measurement tools and fabrication approaches. Students in the engineering, chemistry and/or physics stream would be suitable candidates for this PhD project. The candidate will undertake their research as part of a multidisciplinary team within the University of Sydney Faculty of Engineering. The candidate will have access to the university's flagship research facilities - the Sydney Nanoscience Hub and Sydney Microscopy & Microanalysis.

About You:
The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As PhD student, you will work under broad direction and will be expected to utilise your experience, technical expertise, scientific knowledge and training/qualifications to resolve matters that arise across the research laboratory to meet the strategic directions of the project.

We are seeking a domestic or international student, who holds an honours/masters degree in addition to a Bachelors degree in materials engineering, chemistry, physics, or equivalent.

Funding Information:

Directly funded project. Full-time 3.5 year PhD with a stipend of $37,207 AUD per annum.

Australian Research Council Discovery Project (www.arc.gov.au/funding-research/discovery-linkage/discovery-program/discovery-projects)

Admission Requirements:To apply, please email natalie.holmes@sydney.edu.au, with the subject line “PhD Application:” and your name. Include the following:
- CV
- Academic Transcript
- Cover letter
Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Engineering | SYD Projects
University:University of Sydney
Faculty:Faculty of Engineering
Project Start Date:01.07.2023
Application Deadline:01.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Professor Marjorie Valix marjorie.valix@sydney.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):Sydney / Camperdown
Project Description:Scholarships are available for the following research topics:

Development and Engineering Assessment of Specialty Concrete with Repurposed Wastes
These scholarships will support the research into improving the sustainability and durability of materials of constructions for civil infrastructure. This will involve the development and assessment of ‘new’ specialty concrete with repurposed wastes and in-service field testing to verify the performance of pre-commercial prototypes of high performing specialty and waste repurposed concrete as civil infrastructure assets (e.g., pipes, road & pavements, mine back fill)

Decision Tools in Managing Water Assets
These scholarships will support the research into the development of asset management decision tools to support medium and large water utilities in operating, upgrading, and rehabilitating physical water assets that balances risk, cost, and benefits.

Sensing Water Asset Conditions
These scholarships will support the research into the development of monitoring and managing concrete assets/structures (e.g., pipes, roads & pavements, mine backfill). The aim is to create protocols and safe and reliable methods to non-destructively inspect/monitor and provide qualitative & quantitative assessments of asset health. 
Funding Information:The scholarships are valued at AUD $37,500 p.a. and/or a top-up to $50,000 for students with primary scholarships (e.g., RTP or equivalent) adjusted yearly for a period of 3 years.

This is open to domestic and international students.

These scholarships are available for 2023-2024 start.
Admission Requirements:If you are interested, email the project lead Professor Marjorie Valix (marjorie.valix@sydney.edu.au) with your transcripts, a CV and short introduction about why you are interested in these areas.
Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Engineering | SYD Projects
University:University of Sydney
Faculty:Faculty of Engineering
Project Start Date:01.07.2023
Application Deadline:09.05.2023
Supervisor Name:Dr. Michael Heisel; michael.heisel@sydney.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):Sydney / Camperdown
Project Description:

Much of the natural world and human-built environments exist within the lowest portion of the atmosphere known as the planetary boundary layer. Conditions in the atmosphere are often thermally unstable during the daytime, leading to large convective turbulent motions throughout the boundary layer that significantly enhance transport and dispersion of scalars like moisture, gases, and pollutants. Our understanding of turbulent phenomena in these conditions is changing as high-resolution simulations of the atmosphere become increasingly affordable. This computational project will use large-eddy simulations to investigate structural and statistical similarity in the convective atmospheric boundary layer. Similarity is an important tool for the development of predictive models and reduced-order representations of the atmosphere commonly applied in forecasting and engineering design.
In addition to earning a PhD in Civil Engineering, the student will develop an expertise in atmospheric turbulence and computational methods for fluid mechanics, e.g. large-eddy simulations and the use of high-performance computing resources. The student will have the opportunity to publish their research in leading journals in the areas of fluid mechanics (e.g. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physical Review Fluids) and atmospheric sciences (e.g. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres), plus attend academic conferences within Australia and internationally.

Funding Information:Funding for this project is provided directly by the School of Civil Engineering at University of Sydney. The opportunity will cover the cost of tuition (pending application) and provide a scholarship stipend of AU$37,207 for 3.5 years. It is open to both Australian and international students. Funding for this project is provided directly by the School of Civil Engineering at University of Sydney. The opportunity will cover the cost of tuition (pending application) and provide a scholarship stipend of AU$37,207 for 3.5 years. It is open to both Australian and international students.
Admission Requirements:Potential applicants should send a copy of their CV and a short description of their interest in the project to Dr. Heisel. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in fluid dynamics and experience using programming languages such as fortran or C.
Further information about Dr. Heisel is available from his academic profile (www.sydney.edu.au/engineering/about/our-people/academic-staff/michael-heisel.html) and personal website (www.ourturbulentenvironment.com).
Categories : PhD Maths, Physics | PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Engineering | SYD Projects
University:University of Sydney
Faculty:Faculty of Engineering
Project Start Date:01.07.2023
Application Deadline:09.05.2023
Supervisor Name:Dr. Michael Heisel; michael.heisel@sydney.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):Sydney / Camperdown
Project Description:Turbulent winds within forested canopies are critical to the exchange of water vapor and gases between plants and the atmosphere. At the same time, the canopy significantly alters atmospheric winds above the canopy. There is limited predictive theory for these flow alterations, despite the direct implication for the performance of global models that have grid points close to the canopy. This experimental project will measure turbulent winds within and above idealized scale-model forested canopies in a wind tunnel setting. The goals of the project are to improve our understanding of turbulent phenomena in the presence of canopies and to advance predictive models for the mean wind conditions. The project will be conducted in collaboration with international researchers and may involve analysis of field-scale measurements to supplement the wind tunnel experiments.
In addition to earning a PhD in Civil Engineering, the student will develop an expertise in atmospheric turbulence and experimental methods for fluid mechanics, e.g. particle image velocimetry and hotwire anemometry. The student will have the opportunity to publish their research in leading journals in the areas of fluid mechanics (e.g. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physical Review Fluids) and atmospheric sciences (e.g. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres), plus attend academic conferences within Australia and internationally.
Funding Information:Funding for this project is provided directly by the School of Civil Engineering at University of Sydney. The opportunity will cover the cost of tuition (pending application) and provide a scholarship stipend of AU$37,207 for 3.5 years. It is open to both Australian and international students.
Admission Requirements:Potential applicants should send a copy of their CV and a short description of their interest in the project to Dr. Heisel. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in fluid dynamics and experience using high-level programming languages such as matlab or python.
Further information about Dr. Heisel is available from his academic profile (www.sydney.edu.au/engineering/about/our-people/academic-staff/michael-heisel.html) and personal website (www.ourturbulentenvironment.com).
Categories : PhD Maths, Physics | PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Engineering | SYD Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Project Start Date:01.08.2023
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Antony Eagle; antony.eagle@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:This project aims to critically examine a number of accounts of how (and if) we may reconcile what we know about ordinary objects with the unexpected things science has taught us about space, time, and the fundamental building blocks of nature. We anticipate generating new knowledge in metaphysics, exploiting the recent 'locative turn' to revitalise perennial questions about existence, persistence, and change. The HDR candidate’s project is expected to be in the fields of metaphysics or philosophy of physics; students with an appropriate background in philosophy or physics are encouraged to apply. There is no specified thesis topic; students will be supported in developing their own topic within the remit of the project.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Additional Information:More details about the project can be found at https://antonyeagle.org/place/
Categories : PhD Humanities | PhD Maths, Physics | PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Project Start Date:from February 2024
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Doug Bardsley; douglas.bardsley@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:Communities are struggling to manage natural hazard risks from wildfire and flooding. New tools are required to mitigate risk and to avoid the impacts of loss and damage driven by climate change. The research would examine opportunities for using agricultural landscapes to mitigate risk in and around urban settlements. To critically evaluate approaches, appropriate case studies would be drawn from Australia and Central Europe, with surveys to gather data from places where landscapes are being used as hazard mitigation tools. There would be some flexibility in the choice of fieldwork locations, which would be developed in association with the supervisor.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Additional Information:The supervisor speaks some German and has worked extensively in Central Europe previously.
Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Project Start Date:01.09.2023
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Dr Stijn Glorie, stijn.glorie@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:This project will apply a range of revolutionary in-situ dating methods (Lu-Hf, Re-Os), which were recently developed at the University of Adelaide, to decipher the timing of hydrothermal alteration and mineralisation in the world-class Olympic Province in South Australia. The development of large iron-oxide copper-gold deposits in this area was a staged process, with an initial event in the early Mesoproterozoic and at least one `upgrading` event in the late Neoproterozoic-Cambrian. The latter event induced fluid flow that might have transported metals from the fertile IOCG basement towards strataboud deposits. The project will assess this temportal link, which will have great implications for future mineral exploration endeavours.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Additional Information:

More info on the novel dating methods can be found in:

www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009254121002436

onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ter.12580

gchron.copernicus.org/articles/4/353/2022/

www.lyellcollection.org/doi/10.1144/SP537-2022-205

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Project Start Date:01.08.2023
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Shervin Kabiri, shervin.kabiri@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:Australia is faced with a big contamination problem relating to chemicals used in firefighting foams, called per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances or PFAS. PFAS are a large group of chemicals, with over 5000 different species. Their complexity has posed a challenge with existing remediation approaches based on sorbents, with varying success achieved for different PFAS species. For example, current sorbents available in the market cannot effectively immobilise short-chain PFAS.This project aims to develop remediation materials that will be effective for a wider range of PFAS and allow tailored solutions for PFAS immobilisation in soil. This project will assist the PhD student to develop skills in material and soil science, environmental chemistry, analytical techniques and soil management. It also provides an opportunity for the student to work with the industry.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Special Requirements:The applicant should have good track record of publication.
Additional Information:The successful student will be located at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus, working at CSIROs research facility as well as the School of Agriculture. The in-business component of the degree will be conducted at Rembind’s Head Office (2 Ann Nelson Drive, Thebarton SA 5031), but will also involve some interstate travel to remediation projects and manufacturing facilities.
Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Project Start Date:01.08.2023
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Cassandra Collins, cassandra.collins@adelaide.edu.au; co-supervisor: Shashi Goonetilleke, shashi.goonetilleke@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:Sweet kernel in almond has been found to be a heterozygous trait and the bitter kernel to be recessive. Usually, about 25% of the progeny in the Australian almond breeding program have bitter kernels. Presently, plants with bitter almonds will be discarded once they are found to be bitter after 3-4 years in the orchards. Therefore, sweet almonds remain a major breeding target in almond breeding. The gene encodes the sweetness in almond belongs to linkage group five, however, the precise location is still unknown. The broad objective of this project is to identify the genomic regions that affect bitter kernels and evaluate the potential of CRISPR/Cas9 mediated technologies to eliminate the bitterness in almond kernels.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Project Start Date:01.08.2023
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Dr Stephanie Watts-Fawkes, stephanie.watts-fawkes@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:This project will investigate the effects of beneficial mycorrhizal fungi on crop nutrition. The mycorrhizal pathway of phosphorus uptake is important for plants, but may lead to increased accumulation of the anti-nutrient compound phytate in grains and pulses. This project will uncover how mycorrhizal fungi affect phytate accumulation in the edible portion of crops, and how this modifies the bioavailability of micronutrients such as zinc and iron for human consumption. The PhD candidate will inoculate plants with mycorrhizal fungi and grow them until maturity. The resulting grain samples will be analysed for bioavailability and bioaccessibility of Zn and Fe.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Project Start Date:01.08.2023
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Matthew Gilliham, matthew.gilliham@adelaide.edu.au and Jenny Mortimer, jenny.mortimer@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:This project will re-wire plants to optimise their growth in controlled conditions on Earth and in Space. By 2028, humans will have returned to the moon as a precursor to crewed Mars missions but key challenges for mission planners still exist, including: Nutritious, varied foods to sustain physical and mental well-being for humans during long-term Space habitation; and, technology to provide on-demand generation of resources such as pharmaceuticals and construction materials. Space habitation amplifies the multi-faceted sustainability challenges we face in food and biomaterial production on Earth, and can be used to improve sustainable food production on Earth.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Additional Information:Please see here: www.plants4space.com; this project can be conducted in collaboration with the German Space Agency, and or other international partners, please see web-address above for more details.
Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Project Start Date:01.08.2023
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Matthew Denton, matthew.denton@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:We are looking to recruit a PhD student to work on this exciting, well-funded, project. The successful applicant will have scope to develop a project that focuses on plant physiology or molecular ecology and/or plant phenomics, in collaboration with supervisors.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Project Start Date:01.08.2023
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Prof. Ivan Nagelkerken, ivan.nagelkerken@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:This project will use mescosms to study the effects of ocean warming, ocean acidification and species range extensions on temperate fisheries species. Topics include fish behaviour, fish physiology, community ecology, and food web ecology. The project is mainly lab-based (using large mesocosms) with some field work.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Special Requirements:Snorkelling experience
Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | ADL Projects
University:University of Adelaide
Faculty:Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
Project Start Date:01.08.2023
Application Deadline:30.06.2023
Supervisor Name:Jamie Wood, jamie.wood@adelaide.edu.au
Location (City/Campus):North Terrace, Adelaide
 
Project Description:Pathogens are a large and crucial component of global biodiversity. However, changes in pathogen communities and populations caused by climate change have the potential to impact host health and disrupt global ecosystems. Our understanding of how climate change affects pathogens is poor, and lacks a long-term perspective. This project will look to use ancient DNA from animal dung and sediment cores to reconstruct how animal and plant pathogens responded to actual climate change events in the past. These unique ‘real-time’ insights into long-term processes will help answer pivotal questions in pathogen ecology and help inform modelling of emerging pathogen risks.
Funding Information:

GOstralia! Research Centre Scholarships

Categories : PhD Earth Sciences | PhD Bio, Chemie | ADL Projects

Grundlegendes zum Schwerpunkt Agrar-, Umwelt- und Geowissenschaften

Die Geowissenschaften widmen sich in grundlegender Ausrichtung dem Studium der Erde: Die Erforschung des Materials, aus dem sie besteht,  die Erkundung der dynamischen Prozesse auf unserem Planeten, wie diese auf Materialien einwirken, wie zum Beispiel tektonische Prozessen, die zu Vulkanausbrüchen und Erdbeben oder der Erzeugung von Mineralien oder Wasser in der Erdkruste führen. Eine wichtige Rolle in den modernen Geowissenschaften spielen auch paleo-historische Ansätze.

Forschungsprojekte in den Earth Sciences sind darüber hinaus richtungsweisend für das Verständnis des Klimawandels und damit für die nachhaltige Gestaltung von gesellschaftlichen Transformationsprozessen. Von entscheidender Bedeutung ist auch hier der Einbezug innovativer Technologien. Für die nationalen „Research Priorities“  soil and water oder resources bildet das breit aufgestellte thematische Spektrum der Geowissenschaften eine essentielle Basis. Als globale Wissenschaftsdisziplin wird internationale Forschungszusammenarbeit besonders groß geschrieben. 

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