Date Posted
18 Sep 2024

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PhD Project
Griffith University

PhD Scholarship: Environmental Toxicology

18 Sep 2024

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Position Description

The Australian Rivers Institute and Griffith Sciences is seeking a strong and independent PhD student in the field of environmental toxicology. The candidate will work with Dr Chantal Lanctôt on research related to her Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) project “Metal toxicokinetics and toxicodynamics in developing anurans: how metamorphosis influences metal burdens”, in collaboration with Dr William Bennett (Griffith) and Dr Tom Cresswell (ANSTO). The project explores mechanisms and consequences of contaminant exposures in organisms with complex life cycles (amphibians or other species), and the dynamic nature of toxicity risk associated with changing environmental conditions.

The successful PhD candidate will gain experience in ecotoxicology, animal physiology and environmental chemistry, and have opportunities to apply advanced analytical and imaging techniques such as Inductively Coupled Plasma – Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS), synchrotron-based Xray fluorescence microscopy and radiotracing techniques. Opportunities to conduct studies for short periods at ANSTO are available. Post-graduate top-up scholarships are available through the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering ( for students interested in conducting studies at ANSTO as part of this collaborative opportunity.

The project will begin in early 2019.

The principal laboratories are located at Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia.

Duration and Value

The 2018 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $27,082 (indexed) for a period of 3 years of full-time study.

International candidates will also receive a tuition scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor Degree with Class 1 Honours or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with the HDR Scholarship Policy.

International students are eligible to apply and, if successful, would receive a tuition scholarship alongside the living allowance.

Closing Date

Expressions of interest should be received by 11:59pm (AEST) on Wednesday 14 November 2018.

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How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest (EOI) to Dr Chantal Lanctôt containing: 1. A statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship (1 page) 2. A brief CV (2-3 pages) 3. Two professional references Suitable applicants will then be invited to apply online.

Position Category: Medical & Biological Sciences. Position Type: PhD Project. Position Tags: biochemistry, chemistry, biology, environment, and ecotoxicology.