fully funded PhD scholarship position in Sustainable farming, Deakin University, Australia

About the position

HRD PhD scholarship position in Sustainable farming

Applications are currently open for a fully funded PhD scholarship position at Deakin University, Australia to initiate and conduct research on the topic ‘Sustainable farming.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Blue Carbon Lab (Deakin University) in collaboration with Sustainable Farms (Australian National University) to investigate the effects of enhancing farm dam conditions on their methane emissions. The scholarship will provide an opportunity for the successful recipient to carry out research on sustainable farming. The topic will involve field campaigns, site monitoring, compiling and analysing data from the field, remote sensing, and GIS.


The goal of the project is to address the following aspects:


Capture spatial and temporal variability in greenhouse gas emissions among farm dams

Investigate the role of biotic (e.g., vegetation) and abiotic (e.g., climate) factors on greenhouse gas emissions

Determine the impact of management interventions (e.g., fencing) and land use type (e.g., livestock, crops) on greenhouse gas emissions

Analyse the role of microbial communities on methane emissions.

Scholarship Overview

Scholarship type: Full tuition fee cover

Research scholarship stipend value: up to $28,600per annum (3 years duration), Forth night stipends support

Health Insurance: Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy

Degree Program: PhD

Field of study: Open to any field across the University

Number of awards: Multiple

Location: Deakin University, Australia

Citizen type: International / Domestic students

Award Duration: up to 4years (international students)

Application Deadline: Monday 25 July 2022.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, the interested candidates must meet the following criteria:

be either a domestic or international candidate.

meet Deakin’s PhD entry requirements

be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master’s degree with a substantial research component.

Visit Deakin University Research Degree Pathways for further details on minimum entry requirements for a PhD program

Other desirable criteria:

Experience publishing in a peer-reviewed scientific journal (preferably as first author)

Familiar with the statistical software R (or similar)

Experience in carrying out research in environmental sciences, ecology, or similar

Experience with spatial modelling or remote sensing

Common features among successful PhD candidates at the Blue Carbon Lab include: (a) A first-authored paper in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, (b) first class Honours/Masters, (c) strong quantitative skills, and (d) experience working on similar topics.

How to apply

To apply for this scholarship, interested applicants should send an expression of interest email to Dr Martino Malerba(m.malerba@deakin.edu.au). The email should contain a CV and Cover letter. If you are successful you will then be invited to submit a formal application.

The CV should highlight your:



publications and

relevant work experience.

The one-page cover letter should outline:

your interest,

previous experience and

technical skills (including experience with statistical package R or similar).

Further details

For more detail on this opportunity, please contact Dr Martino Malerba or Prof Peter Macreadie

Dr Martino Malerba

Email: m.malerba@deakin.edu.au

Phone:+61 3 924 45995


Prof Peter Macreadie

Email: p.macreadie@deakin.edu.au

Phone: +61 3 924 43749.

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