PhD scholarship: How to make antibiotics in pig feed redundant, naturally


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Opening date 15 June 2021
Closing date 31 March 2022


Supervisor – Professor Eugeni RouraProfessor Mike GidleyDr Conny Turni

The use of in-feed antimicrobials are highly questioned by consumers and regulators. Post-weaning is a very sensible stage of piglet's life where anorexia and gut-related diseases produce a high toll on mortality and production cost. New strategies are required to prevent post-weaning diseases that require drug-related management. This is an exciting project with the objective to develop a holistic approach based on novel nutrition strategies that will allow antimicrobial-free diets in pig production. The project aims to stimulate early feed intake by maximising the beneficial effect of maternal conditioning using flavour signature of common sow's dietary cereals and pulses. Early feed intake will also requires the improvement of the digestibility capacity of the gut to prevent undigested material reaching the distal small intestine. On top of that, evolution of the microflora will be crucial to reduce the presence of pathogenic bacteria by stimulating healthy microbiota colonization.

The Roura Research Group offers a unique research environment in Animal Sciences at The University of Queensland, with strong links with national (APRIL, APL, ARC, University of Melbourne) and international research partners (Ghent University, INRA, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, IRTA, Universidad de Chile, Nankai University) including national and multinational industrial partners stakeholders. The group is based in St Lucia, but actively working in the Gatton and Herston campuses.

A working knowledge of animal science, veterinary science and biological science would be of benefit to someone working on this project.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘PIG FEED-ROURA’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of animal, veterinary or biological sciences, chemistry, microbiology, bioinformatics or equivalent and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of metabolomics, proteomics and genomics is highly desirable.


Dr Marta Navarro-Gomez
+61 (0) 458 999 192

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.