The Melbourne – CNRS Network (MCN) is an international cohort of researchers and Joint PhD Candidates across The University of Melbourne, Australia, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France.
In the first cohort (2020/2021), up to 12 joint PhD candidates will be trained by 6 multidisciplinary collaborative research teams.
Candidates must meet the entry requirements of both Universities to be accepted. They will spend at least a year at each institution over the course of their candidature and be eligible to graduate with a jointly awarded PhD recognised with a testamur from each University.
Upcoming Melbourne-CNRS Network (MCN) Joint PhD research projects are advertised below. Please read the application guidelines before contacting the project supervisors.
Modeling of multivariate data with complex dependence structures using copulas
Copula modeling has been applied in a wide variety of areas such as quantitative risk management, econometric modeling, environmental modeling, to name a few. Copulas arise as the functions which "couple together" the marginal cumulative distribution functions (c.d.f.s) of a random vector to form its joint c.d.f. From the point of view of the estimation of a multivariate distribution from …October 30, 2019 Joint PhD Proje...
New monitoring technologies serving a better understanding of land and river degradation in urban areas
The world is increasingly urban. This project aims to explore human-river interactions in urban areas, with a focus on the major issues of soil erosion and sediment transfer in rivers. Human activity and land use change are the main drivers of soil erosion. Soil erosion on hillslopes and its transfer through river systems are major issues for society and ecosystems …October 29, 2019 Joint PhD Proje...
Analysing the function of the ATPase p97 using cryo-EM
The AAA ATPase p97 is a motor protein converting energy stored in ATP into conformational changes to segregate proteins in a variety of essential cellular processes, ranging from protein degradation, gene transcription and membrane fusion. In the cell, many proteins interact with p97, with more than 20 serving as cofactors that direct p97 to a particular function. During this PhD project, …October 24, 2019 Joint PhD Proje...
Atmospheric Chemistry of Silicon Compounds and their Role in Indoor Air Quality: Theory and Experiment
A PhD scholarship is available with Dr. Gabriel da Silva in the field of theoretical chemical reaction kinetics. The project will investigate the atmospheric chemistry of volatile silicon compounds that are present in personal care products. To understand potential health effects of indoor air we need to know the rate at which these silicon compounds are removed by reaction with free …October 24, 2019 Joint PhD Proje...
Characterising the role of netrin-1 and its dependence receptors in drug tolerance and treatment-induced plasticity of metastatic human CRC
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common and lethal tumour types worldwide. The ultimate cause of patient fatality is metastases forming in vital organs, such as the liver, as these tumours often relapse after treatment has ceased. A patient with metastatic CRC only has 12% chance of surviving, and each year metastatic progression leads to a fatal outcome …October 24, 2019 Joint PhD Proje...
Role of tissue mechanics in regulating seed growth
Coordination of growth in multicellular organisms requires the integration of signals that are received from both intracellular cues and tissue-level cellular interactions. In particular, mechano-responsive signalling pathways are now emerging as prominent controllers of growth coordination at the organ level. While the underlying genetic networks that are regulated by these pathways have been well characterised in animals, they are largely unknown …October 24, 2019 Joint PhD Proje...
How to Apply
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST Applicants for Melbourne and CNRS jointly awarded/dual PhD projects should: Identify a project of interest Register their interest with the project supervisor based at the University of Melbourne, including the following information: Name, contact details Joint PhD project of interest Cover Letter, CV and Transcript Any supporting documentation Note, all applicants are required to meet the entry requirements for …October 23, 2019 Joint PhD Proje...