PhD Scholarship - Optimisation of global meat production to minimise environmental impacts


University of Queensland, Brisbane


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Start Date

Friday, November 1, 2019

Position description

This project aims to develop a spatial model of meat production. The research will lead to recommendations on where and how to produce meat while minimising environmental and socio-economic costs (e.g., GHG emissions, biodiversity loss, malnutrition, etc.) and is part of the ARC Future Fellowship project Where's the beef? A systems model for taming a wicked environmental problem. The project is a collaboration with CSIRO, the University of Minnesota, the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

The successful candidate will enrol through the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland (UQ) in St Lucia and will be part of the McDonald-Madden lab.


Candidates should hold a BSc or MSc degree in environmental sciences, agriculture, engineering, mathematics or a related field, and should have knowledge of statistics and programming languages (Python, R or Matlab). Knowledge or interest in geospatial modelling, big data analysis or multi-objective optimisation will be considered an advantage.

To apply

Please submit your application in digital form as a single PDF document. Application documents should include: motivation letter, CV, Bachelor and/or Master level certificates and transcripts, and names and contact details of two academic references. Please send application documents or questions about the position by email to Associate Prof Eve McDonald-Madden ( or Dr. Adam Castonguay (

This is a fully-funded RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($27,596 per annum) open to international students. For further information on the scholarship please refer to:

Applications will be assessed from October 1st until a successful candidate has been chosen.

Contact Name

Dr. Adam Castonguay

Contact Email