PhD scholarship: Understanding the trade-offs between digestion and immune function in salmon


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 25 August 2020
Closing date 1 October 2020


An opportunity is available to work on a CRC-P-funded project at UQ in conjunction with Ridleys Aquafeeds, Deakin University and CSIRO to assess the physiological responses of salmon to the combined pressures of thermal and hypoxia stress, and the implications for fish feeding, digestion and immune function. The projects will examine how changes to the diet can influence digestive costs and trade-offs for other physiological processes.

Maintaining baseline immune function and mounting an effective immune response to an antigenic challenge represents a significant energetic cost to fish. We propose that the elevated energetic costs associated with digestion, combined with additional metabolic costs at high temperatures, could compromise immune function in salmon. This project will examine the impacts that exposure to high temperature and low oxygen levels have on adaptive immunity. The candidate will explore the energetic costs and effectiveness of mounting a primary and secondary adaptive immune response to an antigen in prime-boost experiments under stress compared to non-stressed conditions and investigate whether any impacts of stress can be mitigated by reducing the energetic cost of digesting the diet.


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

Applications are closed.

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 ‘SALMON’ 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 ecophysiology, aquaculture, animal nutrition and/or animal health and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of aquaculture and or physiological research  is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Andrew Barnes
+61 7 3346 9416
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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.

Applications are closed.