|Location||Southern Cross University, Southern Cross Plant Science|
|Eligibility||Open to international applicants|
Southern Cross Plant Science is a Special Research Centre withinSouthern Cross University (SCU), and carries out research underpinning theselection, cultivation and utilization of plants. SCPS infrastructureincludes facilities for plant growth, analytical chemistry, high-throughputDNA sequencing, genotyping, proteomics and bioinformatics. The candidatewill also benefit from expertise and experimental resources availablewithin the wider SCU research environment. SCU has achieved the highestrating of exceptional performance, well above world standard in the pasttwo national assessments of research excellence (2012 and 2015) for cropand pasture production and agricultural science.
We are looking forhighly motivated PhD student to work in the project knowledgerepresentation and database integration to facilitate genetic analysis anddevelopment of underutilised crop plants. This project willrequire an initial critical evaluation of state of the art in theapproaches, advances and implementations of knowledge representationrelevant to the biological and agricultural sciences. Theoretical work willfocus on developing and implementing trait and related ontologies relatedto specific aspects of underutilised crops, using Bambara groundnut (Vignasubterranea) as an example. In particular, the project will includetheoretical and practical implementation of cross-species trait ontologies,and address the processes involved in development of formal genericnomenclature standards. There will be scope to explore methods to infer theinvolvement of key candidate genes that may be suitable for selection inunderutilised crops.
The candidate must hold, a Master by ResearchDegree (or must be finishing a Master degree) or equivalent diploma, andmust have an exceptional academic record. Experience in research isessential.
The base stipend will be at the rate of AU$27,000per annum tax-free for three years.
Applications shouldinclude a full CV including contact details of two referees + a coveringletter. The covering letter should indicate under the following headings(max