Mungbean (Vigna radiata) is Queensland’s most important summer-grown broadacre pulse crop. The susceptibility of mungbean crops to the root-lesion nematode Pratylenchus thornei limits their benefits (such as nitrogen fixation and fungal disease breaks) to wheat grown in rotation. The PhD project will access mungbean germplasm collections and genomic resources to identify sources of genetic resistance, develop molecular markers for selection of P. thornei resistance and provide insights into the mechanisms of disease resistance. The project will provide opportunities for industry linkages, including Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries National Mungbean Improvement Program.
- Stipend (living allowance), valued at AUD $30,000 per annum, tax free.
- Full tuition fees for a period of 6 semesters (full-time equivalent). Domestic students will be allocated a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset Place.
- The maximum period of the award is three years.
- Working in a research project gaining practical and industrial experience.
To be eligible applicants must:
- be either an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- not hold a qualification regarded by the USQ to be equivalent to a PhD;
- have a qualification regarded by USQ to be equivalent, or at higher level to a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours;
- be eligible to be enrolled, full-time on-campus (Toowoomba) in a PhD;
- not be in receipt of similar funding from the Australian Government;
- be native English speakers and/or meet USQ’s English Language Requirements.
- Background in plant genetics, molecular biology, plant pathology or nematology
- Knowledge of quantitative genetics and statistical methods
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and a targeted CV (providing relevant qualifications, skills and areas of expertise) to Dr Rebecca Zwart
Closing date: 30 November 2021