About the project
We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD program of research commencing early in 2018. This scholarship is part of a new, three-year research project entitled "Sustainable pasture systems under climate extremes" with funding from Western Sydney University, Meat and Livestock Australia and Dairy Australia.
The successful applicant will work with a team of researchers from Western Sydney University, and engage with industry partners and stakeholders associated with the project.
The project will investigate the impacts of future climate scenarios (including altered rainfall regimes, elevated CO2 concentrations and increased temperatures) on the ecology and nutritional quality of key pasture grassland species.
The project will involve evaluation of biochemical (nutrient, anti-nutrient and toxin concentrations) changes under contrasting climate and management regimes, and relate those to plant traits including digestibility and interactions with the rumen microbiome, in order to evaluate the implications of predicted climate change on the forage quality of future pasture systems.
Applications are open to international candidates as well as Australian and permanent residents of Australia. The position is based in the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Richmond, NSW).