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Location University of Queensland, UQ Graduate School
App. deadline 31/07/2018
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian residents only

Australian grains industry PhD scholarship $47,393 per year

A PhD candidate is sought to undertake research on phosphorus (P) nutrition relevant to the Australian grains industry, with a particular focus on the alkaline clay soils that predominate in the cropping regions of northeast Australia.

The successful applicant will work within the research team led by Professor Michael Bell. This research group is currently active in a number of projects focussing on development of management responses to declining indigenous P fertility reserves, especially in subsoils. These projects are focussing on issues related to the efficacy of banded fertilizer applications, the residual value of occasional P fertilizer applications and the differences in crop species response to varying concentrations and distributions of labile P in the soil profile.

The opportunity exists for a successful candidate to work with the team to integrate findings from current and historical experiments into a functional understanding of factors determining crop P acquisition under a variety of tillage practices and seasonal conditions. Targeted experimentation will form part of the program, and will focus on addressing knowledge gaps as they are identified. The ultimate goal of the work will be to develop a model of soil-plant interactions in alkaline clay soils, and to integrate that model into the APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator) modelling framework.  


This scholarship package consists of the following elements.

  • living stipend totalling $47,393 per annum, 2018 rate, consisting of:
    • base stipend of $27,082 per annum, 2018 rate
    • top-up of $20,311 per annum, 2018 rate
  • allowance of up to $10,000 per year for operating costs
  • allowance up to $5,000 per year for travel

The base stipend will be provided through the UQGSS.

The top-up and allowances will be provided by the Grains Research & Development Corporation.

Selection criteriaApplicants should have a strong academic background in Environmental Science, Agricultural Science, Soil Science, or Agronomy. Experience and/or training in crop nutrition or soil chemistry would be advantageous, while well-developed computer skills will also be essential.

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