Grains Research and Development Corporation

Western Australia is the largest malting barley export base in Australia. Soil acidity is a key factor limiting sustainable barley production by impairing root growth. It is estimated to cost Western Australian grain growers between $300–400 million annually.


A joint project between Murdoch University and Department of Agriculture & Food Western Australia funded by the GRDC aims to develop a genetic solution in Barley to combat acid soils. Detailed analysis of the Barley genome will enable a more targeted approach to identify candidate genes and molecular markers involved in barley germplasm improvement for acid soil tolerance.

We invite applications from suitably qualified candidates with a professional and a keen interest in molecular genetics, molecular biology or bioinformatics for this full time PhD scholarship. The successful applicant will work in a research environment ranked "well above world class" in crops and pastures by the recent ERA audit.

Funding bodyMurdoch University / Grains Research and Development Corporation
Value$28,000 per annum
Duration3 years
To apply1. Complete the application form for domestic or international
2. Fill in the referee report for domestic or international
3. Email completed application to the Graduate Research Office
ContactPlease direct all questions about this project to John Howieson or Chengdao Li