PhD (HDR) Scholarship: Soil Nutrient Management and Microbial Ecology in Pasture Systems Under Climate Extremes

 

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 altered rainfall patterns in combination with elevated temperatures and increased CO2 concentrations on nutrient management in temperate and tropical pasture systems. Understanding the interactions between climate change, plant and microbial nutrient dynamics, fertiliser inputs and greenhouse gas emissions will inform pasture management strategies aimed at optimising nutrient use efficiency, enhancing sustainability and minimising the environmental footprint associated with forage production in Australia.
Applications are open to international candidates as well as Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia. The position is based in the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (Richmond, NSW).

Applications close 15 October 2017 - Apply Today

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