Potato Research WA

As part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project on improving the dietary quality of starch in potatoes, we seek a high calibre candidate to undertake research training leading to a PhD degree using the latest genome editing technology.


The student will work with an experienced ARC-funded Postdoctoral Researcher. This is an excellent opportunity to join a research group of international standing and work on one of the world’s key crops. Potato is the world’s fourth most important food crop and is an essential part of the food security of many countries. It is the world’s most important non-cereal staple.

Potato starch is rapidly digested. The project involves modifying the structure of genes involved in starch synthesis to reduce the rate of digestion with the aim of delivering positive health outcomes for consumers.

This position is within ‘Potato Research WA’, a one stop shop for R&D for potato production and improvement in WA, based in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, with lab work undertaken in the WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre at Murdoch University. Murdoch has a very strong research base in Agricultural Sciences and in the last two Excellence in Research, Australia surveys it achieved the highest possible rating for research in Agricultural Biotechnology.

Funding bodyMurdoch University
Value$26,682 per annum
RequirementsA current CV, names of 2 referees and address the Essential and Desirable job criteria.
Selection criteriaEssential
  • First class Honours or Master’s degree in molecular biology, plant sciences, or equivalent research experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency

  • Desirable
  • Familiarity with CRISPR/Cas9 technology
  • Familiarity with protoplast isolation, culture, and regeneration of plants
  • Understanding the basis of starch biosynthesis in plants
  • ContactPlease direct all questions about this project to Professor Michael Jones