Simulating soil carbon

Next generation artificial intelligence for quantum gains in soil carbon

Degree type


Closing date

25 September 2023



Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

Soil carbon sequestration has tremendous potential to help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. However, improvement in soil carbon and any approach proposing GHG mitigation and/or climate change adaptation must not concurrently compromise food security or elicit loss of biodiversity, farm prosperity and social license to operate. Thus, understanding the relationships among farm profitability, GHG emissions, and climate change are essential for designing improved management practices that offer win-win-win in terms of productivity, environmental impacts and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The overall project aim is to develop and demonstrate a data driven approach to soil carbon quantification, and the ability for remote sensing and machine learning (RS/ML) methods to directly predict soil organic carbon 'SOC', thereby decreasing the number of soil samples required for accurate soil carbon quantification commensurate with the $3/Ha goal.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Ke Liu


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • High levels of knowledge and research skills in agricultural science, crop modelling, climate change, mathematics, engineering or meteorology
  • Evidence of research capability from peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience in field, glasshouse and laboratory based research
  • Experience in process-based crop modelling (e.g. APSIM, DSSAT) and programming (e.g. R and Phyton)
  • Excellence in written and oral communication
  • Relevant degree in agricultural Science

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Ke Liu to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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