Modelling Emissions Reduction and Carbon Sequestration Pathways for Climate and Economic Sustainability of Primary Industries

Project Information

We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student interested in working as part of a science team developing strategies to empower the agricultural industries to function in a carbon constrained economy, and especially to move towards zero net emissions. The successful applicant must have a background in animal production, agriculture, agricultural economics or systems modelling, with an interest in modelling greenhouse gas management in the Australian agricultural industry. This 3-year position is part of a collaboration between the University of New England and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.  The candidate will be jointly supervised by leading scientists from both institutions. The student will have the opportunity of working within Australia’s leading ruminant nutrition groups. The position is hosted by the University of New England (UNE), in Armidale, NSW Australia.

Carbon neutrality is developing as a key goal for industries seeking to improve sustainability and, with agriculture as the industry sector with the 3rd highest greenhouse gas emissions nationally, managing carbon is pivotal to the industry’s economic future. While many mitigation and carbon sequestration options are being researched, there is lack of quantitative understanding of the capability of these innovations to move agriculture towards carbon neutrality. This exciting PhD will provide an opportunity to address this knowledge gap through system and economic modelling. The successful candidate will work with a team experienced in mitigation and sequestration research and modelling to develop and assess the applicability and efficacy of suites of mitigation and sequestration opportunities within NSW, identifying practical pathways by which agriculture in NSW can contribute to the NSW goal of net zero emissions by 2050. This project will link directly with front line research, industry panels and policy development. It is envisaged that outcomes of this research will support current and future participation of agriculture in the carbon market.

The successful candidate will be required to work with modellers, mitigation and sequestration scientists in UNE and NSW DPI and the broader scientific community. The candidate will display a willingness to work in rural areas and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English and have a current driver’s licence.

This project is an exciting opportunity for the student to work at the forefront of carbon management in Australian agriculture. Selection of applicants will be based on merit. Previous experience with system modelling and or mitigation/sequestration is desirable, but the supervisory team will provide on-going guidance to the successful applicant.

Scholarship Information

The scholarship value is AU$30,000 p.a. and will be indexed annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The scholarship is tax exempt and paid in fortnightly instalments. This scholarship is available to domestic students. Please see the scholarship terms and conditions for more information.

Applicants must meet UNE’s admission requirements for a PhD program. Please see the entry requirements here. 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 webpage on how to apply/enrol for candidature.

To Apply or Enquire

To discuss these opportunities and your research proposal concept, please contact either Professor Oscar Cacho, Professor Roger Hegarty or Doctor Annette Cowie with the following documents:

  • Statement of your background and interest in the project
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Undergraduate academic transcripts

Applications close 5:00pm 11 July 2019 and students are required to commence as soon as possible.

Equity principles underpin all UNE policies and procedures. As a University committed to engaging a diverse workforce, UNE encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.