Project opportunity; Improving seed producibility in sorghum in a hotter, drier world: This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This PhD project aims to develop future hybrid sorghum crops that are able to withstand the impacts of climate change. Sorghum is a major crop in advanced agricultural countries and also for small holder farmers in the developing world.

Exploiting advances in genomics, reproductive biology, crop modelling, and high throughput phenotyping, this project expects to advance understanding of the reproductive steps which limit hybrid seed set under high temperatures. Reproductive processes are particularly sensitive to heat however more research is required to understand the genetic and physiological factors involved.

Additionally, the compatibility of male and female parents of hybrids has implications for reproductive success, and the biology of these interactions is poorly understood. This project is an exciting opportunity to work in a large, world-leading multi-disciplinary team to develop more climate-resilient sorghum hybrids crops both for Australia and globally.

Scholarship value:

As a scholarship recipient, you’ll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of plant genetics would be of benefit to someone working on this project. Suited to students studying plant science, biotechnology, molecular biology, genetics and agricultural science.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of plant science and the potential for scholastic success. A background or knowledge of plant reproductive biology is highly desirable.

Latest commencement dateIf you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply:

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