Study level

  • PhD


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Simon McIlroy
ARC Future Fellow
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Health


The as-yet-uncultured archaeal lineage Methanoperedenaceae are anaerobic methanotrophs with a key role in mitigating the atmospheric release of methane in freshwater environments. The metabolic diversity of these microorganisms directly links methane with several key biochemical cycles and suggests a remarkable ability of these microorganisms to adapt to diverse environmental conditions.

The overall aim of this PhD project will be to uncover the metabolic diversity of the Methanoperedenaceae and to understand the evolutionary mechanisms responsible for these adaptations.

Methods and Resources

The project will utilise cutting-edge meta-omic and single cell visualisation techniques. The world-class facilities of the host centre include state-of-the-art computing, microscopy and anaerobic cell culture.


Domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply.

You must have:

  • recently completed a BSc Hons degree or equivalent in a relevant field (microbiology, genomics or biochemistry)
  • received first-class honours (H1)
  • a general interest in microbial ecology
  • excellent communication skills, motivation and the ability to work as part of a team.

Ideally you will also have:

  • appropriate laboratory experience in molecular biology, anaerobic culture and/or single cell visualisation techniques and experience in bioinformatics.


A PhD scholarship is available, offering living allowance stipend, tax exempt and indexed annually $28,092 per annum for a period of 3 years.

How to apply

Submit your application to Dr Simon McIlroy.

Your application must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-do-date CV
  • full academic transcript
  • a summary (up to 2 pages) of your research career to date
  • details of 3 referees (email/address/contact number).



Contact the supervisor for more information.