PhD Project: Future Proofing Australian Agriculture with Seaweed Supplementation

We are seeking a highly-motivated PhD student to join our DeakinSeaweed Research Group for a project based at the Deakin University Warrnambool Campus examining the potential of seaweed supplementation to future-proof the
dairy industry, supervised by Dr Alecia Bellgrove.  The project will combine phycology, advanced analytical chemistry, microbiology and agricultural science to examine the effects of supplementing dairy cow diets with local seaweeds on 1) milk yield and quality, 2) animal health, c) carbon  emissions and 4) farm-scale water budgets. The research will help assess the potential for seaweed supplementation of livestock to simultaneously drought-proof the Australian dairy industry and address carbon emissions.

The successful applicant will receive a 3-yr PhD scholarship at Deakin University (currently valued at approximately AU$26,682 per annum) and an initial 2 mths free accommodation on campus.  They will also be supported by up to $11,400 base-level research funding plus $21,000 industry research funding.

Australian Honours graduates with an H1A and score above 85% will be considered; international applicants should have several first-authored papers in peer-reviewed international journals with Q1 Scimago journal ranking. PhDs at Deakin University are 3 years and free of tuition fees for scholarship holders if completed within the 3 year time frame. Interested applicants should send (to 1) a brief CV (including a list of any peer-reviewed papers) and 2) a 1-2 page letter stating reasons for wanting to do a PhD, a summary of research experience, information on how your skills will be relevant to the project, and a statement about your undergraduate track record including information on your grade point average.

Applications close Jan 31 2019


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