PhD Elevate Scholarship - CQUniversity and CRC for Developing Northern Australia Partnership

Recent research has pointed out the detrimental effects of increasing high night-time temperature on crop yields and quality. Globally, night-time temperatures are rising even faster than day-time temperatures. Such differential increase in day and night temperature will result in a reduced diurnal temperature range, which has been shown to affect crop growth and development significantly in many crops . High night-time temperature stimulates night respiration, unfavourably affecting the crop carbon balance. High night-time temperature also leads to higher evaporative demand negatively affecting crop-water balance, resulting in decreased crop water and carbon use efficiency. All these phenomena are not yet fully understood. A depth of understanding in plant physiological adaptation, molecular mechanisms and genetic control supported by crop modelling will aid in the targeted breeding for HNT tolerance in crops.

Scholarship Value: $30,000 stipend per year (total value of scholarship $112,500) Additional travel support will be provided for travel between Australia and USA

Length of Scholarship: 3 years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 01 July 2020

Closing Date: 31 July 2020

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

Have completed a Bachelor’s degree with honours or master’s degree or be regarded by CQUniveristy as having an equivalent level of attainment. The degree should be in the field of agricultural science, biological science, environmental science or equivalent, with significant studies in crop science related fields.

Applications are invited from candidates who can demostrate,  

  1. a good understanding of crop physiology, especially hands-on capabilities in field crop research,  
  2. ability to review and critique literature extensively and systematically,  
  3. excellent communication skills and ability to engage with industry and stakeholders,
  4. strong planning and organisational skills, with the ability to work systematically, prioritise tasks and meet deadlines,
  5. the capacity to work independently in challenging environments,
  6. good understanding of data analysis and mathematical crop modelling,  
  7. evidence of publication track record(s).

This project has been established as a collaboration between the CRC for Developing Northern Australia, CQUniversity Australia and Kansas State University of USA, giving the project a truly global scope. Therefore, the selected candidate is required to travel frequently in the field and between Australia and USA.

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 Prof Michael Tausz no later than close of business (5 pm AEST on the 31 July 2020). The successful candidate will commence their study in Sept/October 2020 (pending COVID-19 health directives). Please contact Prof Michael Tausz for any questions regarding this project. Please include in the application:

  1. Letter of motivation describing your skills and research experience/expertise,
  2. your current resume and a list of any research publications/projects that you have been involved in,
  3. a list of three references together with contact information, and 
  4. 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.
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