MPhil Stipend, Innovative Technology Development for Australian Horticulture

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
18 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is one of the largest agricultural schools in Australia, comprising research and teaching experts in agribusiness, animals and wildlife, environment, plants and soil, and food and nutrition. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research degrees encompassing those disciplines ranging from Bachelor to Doctorate. Situated at St Lucia and Gatton within the Faculty of Science, the School is a large and dynamic multidisciplinary hub with farm, pasture and laboratory facilities, and an established reputation for excellence and commitment to finding innovative and technology focussed solutions to global challenges. UQ is ranked amongst the top two universities in Australia and one of the top 20 universities in the world for agriculture. (QS World University Rankings by subject 2015 Agriculture and Forestry).

The role

A Master of Philosophy (MPhil)  stipend, with the possibility of an upgrade to a PhD, is available within the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences in technology development for the horticulture sector. The successful applicant will join a research program developing transformational technologies to boost productivity and commercial outcomes for the Australian Vegetable Industry. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to gain experience in areas such as plant physiology, biochemistry, product development for industry and will be part of a pathway to commercialisation for the novel technologies developed within this program. The successful applicant will work in an interdisciplinary team that includes plant biologistis and technologists from the University of Queensland, chemists from the University of Western Australia, growers from the Australian Vegetable Industry and executive from Horticulture Innovation Australia.

The person

The candidate will have a Bachelor degree in an agriculture and/or horticulture related area of study. Experience in undertaking on-farm research field trials is essential as is laboratory based experimental experience, with a strong background in plant physiology and/or seed biology. The applicant will be working on-farm alongside growers from the Australia Vegetable Industry hence must have excellent grower and industry communication skills. Additional background in farm management and experience with, for example, farm irrigation systems, weed identification and management, disease control etc, would be highly advantageous. A background in technology development will be highly regarded and advanced problem solving skills are essential. 

Domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply.

Mandatory requirements for applicants:

  • Applicants must hold, or be awarded by 31 December 2016, a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in an agriculture and/or horticulture related area of study
  • Applicants must meet the University of Queensland's requirements for entry to the Research Masters program, including English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements, detailed at
  • Applicants must have demonstrated experience in conducting research in the field within farming systems and laboratory-based research including:
  • Demonstrated knowledge of plant physiology and/or seed biology
  • Demonstrated knowledge of experimental planning and execution
  • Demonstrated ability to gather, analyse and interpret data
  • Applicants must demonstrate capacity and aptitude to lead a small team and, at times, work unsupervised in field, glasshouse and laboratory conditions
  • Applicants must have highly developed grower and industry communication skills
  • Applicants will ideally have demonstrated experience in on-farm management and hands-on farm experience, such as the ability to set up irrigation systems, weed identification and management skills, disease control knowledge etc.
  • Applicants must have advanced problem solving skills and must demonstrate capacity and aptitude to develop technology development skills
  • Applicants must have a driving license

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at:  

Applications are also encouraged from women.


The stipend is equivalent to the APA rate, $26,288 per annum, (2016 rate, indexed annually). The stipend will be for two (2) years with the possibility of a twelve (12)-month extension if upgraded to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program and is subject to the UQ Research Scholarship General Conditions.


To discuss this role please contact Dr Jitka Kochanek on +61 (0) 435 159 655 or

To apply please provide a cover letter, current CV, academic transcripts and proof of IELTS (if required) as part of your application.

 For information on completing the application process click here.