PhD scholarship at UNE's SmartFarm Learning Hub

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University of New England-based SMARTFarm Learning Hub is calling for applications from PhD students with backgrounds in farming and extension/adoption for a three-year research scholarship with the Hub.

“We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student interested in undertaking research in improving the adoption of precision agriculture technologies, including real-time sensor data,” states the University.

There is one PhD Scholarship available with the SMARTFarm Learning Hub Project; a second has already been allocated.

What is the SMARTFarm Learning Hub Project?

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training’s Office for Learning and Teaching, the SMARTFarm Learning Hub Project is a collaboration among researchers at UNE’s schools of Education and Environmental and Rural Science, seven other universities and more than 15 agri-tech companies globally.

The goal of the Hub is to overcome barriers to the adoption of technologies in precision agriculture by providing a key resource for students and producers seeking to broaden their skill bases through access to cutting-edge technologies and innovations.

The SMARTFarm Learning Hub gives users access to real-time live streaming and historical time-series data, collected by sensors across a number of working SMARTFarms and delivered via cloud-based digital platforms, enabling them to acquire immediate skills in systems currently being applied and developed by industry.

What skills and attributes should applicants have?

To have a good chance of success, candidates should have:

  • an understanding of the Australian farming industry and farm businesses;
  • an interest in working on applied problems;
  • the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • an Honours degree, at minimum; and
  • proficiency in spoken and written English

Previous experience with precision agriculture technologies, business management and extension/adoption is an advantage.

Selection of applicants will be based on merit.

For further information, refer to the Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Learning in the field at UNE's SMARTFarm near Armidale.
Learning in the field at UNE's SMARTFarm near Armidale.
University of New England (UNE)

As the scholarship-holder, what will be required of you?

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • undertake research at UNE and at other participating institutions as necessary;
  • undertake analytical and statistical work; and
  • disseminate the results of their research to industry.

More information and applications

To apply, or to enquire about the application process, email Associate Professor Sue Gregory a statement detailing your background and interest in the project, a current Curriculum Vitae including any publications, and a statement on how you think you meet the Eligibility Criteria.

The Eligibility Criteria and a summary of the OLT SmartFarm Learning Hub Project can be obtained from Assoc. Professor Gregory.

Scholarship applications for candidates are due by 5pm on 31 May 2017, and candidates should be prepared to start “as soon as possible”.

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