Masters by Research Elevate Scholarship - CQUniversity and Agriventis Partnership (Pulse Protein)

The proposed research project focuses on the evaluation of phenological and physiological traits associated with greater water use efficiency, drought and heat tolerance in lentil and bean lines. Heat and drought are the major abiotic stresses for the expansion of many legume species including lentil and bean using the current commercial varieties of these crops, for crop production in subtropical and tropical climates of northern Australia. This project will also assess the traits that confer plant heat and drought tolerance and therefore offer greater water use efficiency (transpiration efficiency and carbon discrimination) outcomes for cropping, in the northern environment. The effects of high temperature and moisture stress on crop yield, grain quality and functional food quality on these tested germplasms will be evaluated and assessed in order to model the effects of heat and heat stress on the lentil and bean crops cultivated in tropical environments of northern Australia.

Scholarship Value: $30,000 stipend per year (total value of scholarship $72,000)

Length of Scholarship: 2 years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 05 November 2020

Closing Date: 31 January 2021

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture; First year
Study RegionRockhampton Queensland
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

The candidate must be prepared to relocate to Rockhampton (Queensland, Australia) for the duration of the award and eligible for enrollment as a MSc candidate at CQUniversity.

The candidate must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia or eligible for a student visa for temporary residence and already be living in Australia at time of application due to travel restrictions that are currently in place in Australia due to COVID-19.

Applications are invited from candidates who have, or can demonstrate:

  • a CQUniveristy recognised Bachelor and/or Postgraduate qualification in agriculture, science or equivalent;
  • potential in crop sciences research including design, methodological approach and analysis;
  • ability to review and critique literature extensively and systematically;
  • excellent communication skills and able to engage with community organisations and stakeholders;
  • strong planning and organisational skills, with the ability to work systematically, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines;
  • well-developed computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, a bibliographic referencing system and statistical software.

In addition, previous experience relevant to field and laboratory related work will be highly desirable but not essential.

The consumption of plant-based proteins is increasing worldwide, bringing new market opportunities. Australia’s world-class primary industry sector has a comparative advantage to profit from this emerging market, however there is a need to develop crops suited to the drier and hotter regions of northern Australia. AgriVentis Technologies Ltd supports research and development for legume technologies for tropical adaptation with a focus on developing a production base in northern Australia. Currently AgriVentis owns numerous heat- and drought-tolerant lentil and black bean germplasm and plans to develop these lines for the commercial production of lentils and black beans in Queensland.

Please attach certified copies of any qualifications to your application. If available, examples of your scientific writing (e.g. published scientific articles, research reports, thesis) should also be included in your application.

The application should be submitted by email to Dr Tieneke Trotter no later than close of business 31st January 2021. The successful candidate will be required to commence their study as soon as it is feasible. Please contact Dr Tieneke Trotter for any questions regarding this project. Please include in the application:

  • your relevant qualifications;
  • a letter of motivation describing your skills and research expertise;
  • a clear response to the selection criteria is essential;
  • your current resume and a list of any research publications/projects that you have been involved in;
  • a list of three references together with contact information, and;
  • if available, examples of your scientific writing (e.g. published scientific articles, research reports, thesis).
Applicants will be notified via email to their nominated email address as soon as the application outcome is available.
CQUniversity and AgriVentis Technologies Pty Ltd