Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit - Postgraduate Scholarships
The University of New England (UNE) in Armidale, NSW Australia, boasts an excellent national and international reputation being a leader in research and academic innovation that has industry impact. We aim to foster a constructive and engaged culture where creative ideas and innovation thrive. UNE serves regional, national and international communities through the progressive pursuit of excellence in scholarship, research and teaching. While we have a long history and strong tradition of academic distinction, our outlook is dynamic and fresh and our focus is on the future.
The Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU), a joint venture between the DPI and University of New England, is a world leader in Research and Development for genetic evaluation and improvement systems. AGBU has a strong international reputation to conduct research and development in genetic improvement of livestock and plant species. This work underpins the national genetic evaluation and improvement systems for beef cattle (BREEDPLAN), sheep (Sheep Genetics), pigs (PIGBLUP), trees (TREEPLAN).
AGBU offers a unique environment for post-graduate training in having strong direct links to industry implementation in beef, sheep, pigs, forestry, crops and aquaculture, with access to large datasets relevant to a range of problems, and a very strong roster of research scientists and teachers with expertise across all aspects of genetic improvement.
We are now seeking applicants for a number of PhD scholarships available to Australian and international candidates for the following project areas:
- Next generation genomic evaluation
- Breeding for resilience and welfare traits
- Design of breeding programs for Australian native fish
- Evaluation of selection strategies in canola
- Breeding program design and definition of breeding objectives
- Implementing genomic selection in pig breeding programs
- Genomic prediction of disease traits such as footrot in sheep
- Analyses of industry selection lines in Merino sheep
The ideal candidates will have a master of science or a first class honours in the field of animal or agricultural science with some background in:
- quantitative genetics and statistical modelling
- sound computing skills
- experience in the use of computer packages for statistical analysis and
- an interest in agriculture.
Excellent written and oral English language communication skills and ability to work in a team environment are essential. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should address these selection criteria in a cover letter and prepare a project proposal (maximum of 450 words) for their topic area(s) of interest.
The scholarship is tax exempt and paid in fortnightly instalments. The scholarship is available to domestic and international students and will cover the cost of tuition fees for international students. Please see the scholarship terms and conditions for more information.
For Australian candidates, the scholarship includes a tax-free stipend of AU$27,569 per annum available for 3 years.
For International candidates, the scholarship includes a tax-free stipend of $27,596 AUD per annum, course tuition fees and single Standard Overseas Health Insurance available for 3 years.
How To Apply
Applicants must meet UNE’s admission requirements for a PhD program. Please see the entry requirements. Applicants must submit a candidature application if they wish to apply for a scholarship. For more information on submitting a candidature application please see our how to apply/enrol webpage.
To apply for the scholarship please review the relevant application guidelines and complete the application form:
Scholarship and candidature applications can be submitted through AskUNE.
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Informal enquiries may be directed to Associate Professor Susanne Hermesch.
Closing Date: 13 September 2019