Per annum, for three year. A six month extension may be available. Fee relief additional.

Opening date

Closing date



Who is it for?

Future PhD candidates, Australian Citizen, International Student, New Zealand Citizen, Permanent Resident

Where is it available?


How is it paid?

Fortnightly stipend


The first aim of this PhD project is to identify sequence variants associated with high-value meat quality traits in beef cattle and investigate variant overlap with gene expression QTL, epigenetic marks, and intermediate traits from metabolomics/proteomics assays. The second aim is to use this knowledge to prioritise a list of sequence variants that could increase the accuracy of genomic prediction for the Australian high-value beef industry (Wagyu in particular).

The PhD candidate will utilise existing data sets, but also proposes some further targeted sequence assays, as well as further molecular phenomic assays if the pilot project shows promise. All beef animals will be imputed to whole genome sequence. The PhD candidate will use the results across the range of sequence assays to test prioritised sets of sequence variants for improving the accuracy of genomic prediction. Potentially the PhD Candidate would investigate genotype by nutrition interactions for high-value meat quality traits and also test the use of molecular phenomics that might be of use in accurately measuring key aspects of meat flavour and eating quality (in place of consumer taste panels). Other emerging technologies for measuring meat quality could also be tested including NIR/MIR if funding or collaborators are available.

Benefits of the scholarship include:

The successful candidates will receive:

  • A $30,000 p.a(tax-free) scholarship for three years
  • A fee relief scholarship for up to four years
  • Training inAustralia’s first integrated agricultural systems biology research centre,AgriBio at La Trobe University
  • Professionaldevelopment programs
  • International travel opportunities may beavailable, restrictions permitting

Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • meet the entrance requirements for the proposed course
  • not be receiving another scholarship greater than 75 per cent of the stipend rate for the same purpose.

In selecting successful applicants, we prioritise applications from candidates who:

  • will be enrolled full-time and undertaking their research at a La Trobe University campus
  • have completed a Masters by Research or other significant body of research, such as an honours research thesis or lead authorship of a peer-reviewed publication, assessed at a La Trobe Masters by research standard of 75 or above
  • are Australian and New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.

How to apply

  • review details on how to apply for candidature
  • contact Kendra Whiteman, via, to express an interest in the project by 31 March 2021 and include a covering letter, your curriculum vitae with evidence of research writing and academic transcripts
  • if you are shortlisted to apply for this scholarship, you will need to submit your application by 16 April 2021 indicating that you wish to be considered for this scholarship on the application
  • a research proposal is not required
  • applicants may be required to attend an interview.

The University will carefully review your application and consider you for this scholarship. You will be advised of an outcome in May.

Who to contact for further information

Kendra Whiteman, Visitor and Student Coordinator, Agriculture Victoria Research,