USC / Petuna PhD Research Scholarship

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USC / Petuna PhD Research Scholarship


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A PhD Scholarship to undertake research on skeletal deformities in salmonids

The University of the Sunshine Coast, in collaboration with atlantic salmon and ocean trout producer Petuna Aquaculture, is seeking a PhD student to undertake research on skeletal deformities in salmonids. Working closely with Petuna technical staff and a commercial feed company, the project will largely be based in hatchery facilities in Cressy (near Launceston in northern Tasmania), marine farms (Strahan, Macquarie Harbour and Rowella, Tamar River) and processing facilities in Devonport. Some travel to the University of the Sunshine Coast for analysis of samples will be expected. The successful candidate will have experience with handling finfish and molecular biology. This presents a unique and exciting opportunity for a student to conduct commercially relevant research working closely with a salmon producer in a rapidly expanding industry.

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For further information on the project please contact: Professor Abigail Elizur via email


To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:  
  • hold a Bachelor degree with First Class honours, or have an equivalent level of attainment via previous study, work experience, research publications, and other research experience;
  • be a domestic student (Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen)
  • not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for
Selection criteria:
  • Undergraduate achievement; and
  • Research alignment; and
  • Publications; and
one of:
  • most recent or relevant degree;  OR
  • most recent or relevant research experience
Eligible programs:
Number available:
$25,000 p.a. A top up scholarship of $5,000 p.a. will be offered to students who demonstrate commitment and dedication to the project, subject to approval of an Industry Evaluation.
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