PhD scholarship: Higher yielding crops through changes in grain number
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Area:Qld Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($28,597.00 - $28,597.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific
Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World
University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66
in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic
Ranking of World Universities.
The student will be an integral part of a cross disciplinary team and will be
exposed to a range of research methods including bioinformatics, genomics,
crop model-based trait dissection and high throughput phenotyping which will
provide the candidate with an excellent platform to launch into a career in
science or agriculture. The project will be based at the Queensland Department
of Agriculture and Fisheries Hermitage Research Facility at Warwick
Supervisor – Professor David Jordan
A PhD scholarship is available to investigate the genetics of grain number in
sorghum. Grain number, along with grain size, is a fundamental component of
crop yield and is known to vary in response to genetic and environmental
factors. Understanding these gene networks and their interactions with
environment are fundamental to efforts to improve productivity in sorghum and
other cereals and as such will contribute to meeting the food requirements of
the anticipated 10 billion people on the planet in 2050. Sorghum is an
important crop in Australia and the world's fifth most important cereal and
crop species that is highly tolerant of environmental stress particularly heat
and drought. It is a currently a key food security crop for more than 0.5
billion people and its importance is likely to increase as the world becomes
hotter and drier.
This project aims to develop an understanding of the gene networks controlling
grain number and to contribute to an understanding of their interactions with
environmental factors. The student will be supervised by Prof Graeme Hammer,
Dr Emma Mace, Prof Mark Cooper and Prof David Jordan who are world leaders in
sorghum physiology, genomics and genetics. The project will be part of a large
well-resourced team working on sorghum crop improvement which is linked to the
ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture.
A working knowledge of plant breeding, genetics or plant physiology would be
of benefit to someone working on this project.
To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher
Degrees by Research at UQ.
This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and
International students who are currently in Australia at the time of
application and commencement.
Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the
applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards,
and employment history.
The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of
breeding, genetics or plant physiology and the potential for scholastic
A background or knowledge of genomics is highly desirable.
The 2022 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is
AUD$28,854 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for 3.5 years,
with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
For further information, please contact Professor David Jordan at
firstname.lastname@example.org +61 7 4542 6722
How to apply
To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate
application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request
scholarship consideration on the application for admission.
Before submitting an application you should:
check your eligibility
prepare your documentation
contact Professor David Jordan (email@example.com) to discuss your
suitability for this scholarship
When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative
study section you:
Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative'
Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
Select ‘Other', then ‘Research Project Scholarship' and type in ‘GRAIN-JORDAN' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
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Applications close: 11 October 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time
Advertised: 09 Sep 2021
Applications close: 11 Oct 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time