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

In this PhD project, you will investigate how yield and quality of grain crops is affected by increasing night-time temperatures, one particular aspect of our changing climate. Using a combination of crop ecophysiology and crop modelling approaches, your research will help to adapt crops to future growing conditions. Recent research has pointed out the detrimental effects of increasing high night-time temperature on crop yields and quality. This is especially concerning because night-time temperatures are rising even faster than day-time temperatures. Such changes may lead to unfavourable changes in crop carbon balance and decreased crop water and carbon use efficiency, but these phenomena are not yet fully understood. Better understanding of crop responses to rising night temperatures will underpin crop improvement efforts for the future.

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 May 2021

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

Applicants must:

  • 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;
  • 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 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,

This project has been established as a collaboration between the CRC for Developing Northern Australia, CQUniversity Australia and Kansas State University in the USA, giving the project a truly global scope. Therefore, the selected candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with leading researchers in the US (A/Prof Krishna Jagadish, an international expert in the field), and, if circumstances allow, will be supported to undertake collaborative field work in the US.

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 May 2021). The successful candidate will commence their study in 2021 (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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