The University of Melbourne (UniMelb)

Joint-PhD student positions in Plant Science in the MelPoPP program (based in Australia and Germany)

The University of Melbourne, University of Potsdam, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

Melbourne, Australia; Potsdam, Baden-Wrttemberg, Germany

The University of Melbourne (UoM), Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP), and the University of Potsdam (UP) are currently recruiting PhD candidates/ graduate research students for the Melbourne-Potsdam PhD Programme (MelPoPP).

MelPoPP is a joint-PhD program that provides a unique international research training experience and the opportunity for candidates to obtain a joint-PhD (two testamurs) from UoM and UP. Candidates will spend time in Australia and in Germany, co-supervised by leading academics at UoM’s School of BioSciences, UP’s Institute of Biochemistry and Biology; and at MPI-MP. Joint research projects focus on modern plant science encompassing topics such as as the circadian clock, sugars and cell wall synthesis, computational analysis of plant cells and plant root performance. Click here to explore the projects currently being undertaken by MelPoPP candidates.

Recruitment for MelPoPP is integrated with the annual application call for the International Max Planck Research School “Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth” (IMPRS-PMPG) doctoral program. Click here for more details about the IMPRS-PMPG call.


Available Research Projects

9 joint projects focused on plant science are available for application. Click here for full information and to download the PDF for more information about each project, noting that applicants can nominate two projects of interest in their application.


Selection and Eligibility  

We are looking for highly motivated students who can tackle scientific problems in modern plant biology. Candidates must:

  • hold an MSc or equivalent degree in biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, chemistry, physics, mathematics or a related field that includes a substantial research component, with excellent or very good results ( weighted average mark, WAM, or grade point average, GPA, of at least 80% or equivalent).
  • meet the UoM English language requirements for Graduate students at the Faculty of Science with the submission of a recent TOEFL or IELTS test with the application.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until February 05, 2020 and must be submitted through the online application portal for the IMPRS-PMPG / MelPoPP joint application call.

For further information about MelPoPP, eligibility, the online application procedure and the online application portal, please visit:

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