PhD opportunities in threatened species conservation and ecology (supplementary scholarship)

Overview

We are offering two exciting opportunities to undertake PhD programs at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. The scope of potential research is broad, but must have a clear focus on the ecology and conversation of threatened species in south-eastern Australia. High value is placed on field-based, empirical projects.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor David Lindenmayer to discuss potential projects. The PhD scholars will be supervised by Professor Lindenmayer, Dr Ben Scheele, Dr Natasha Robinson, and other researchers at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. Professor Lindenmayer's group includes some of the Australia's leading ecologists and conservation scientists. Research within the group addresses a diverse range of topics across mammals, frogs, birds, reptiles and plants. Past PhD graduates have a strong record of employment in academic, government and NGO sectors.

Field of study

Environmental science

Eligibility

Bachelors degree with first-class honours, or a research Masters degree from a recognised university. Australian and New Zealand citizens; permanent residents of Australia; international students who hold an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). Selection is based on academic merit and the candidate's research proposal.

The successful candidate will have experience in environmental science or ecology and management, and be capable of writing quality scientific articles for leading international journals.

Domestic students must obtain and maintain a PhD stipend scholarship at The Australian National University. International students must hold an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS).

Benefits

A top-up payment of AUD $6,000 p.a, tax free in fortnightly instalments, additional to a PhD stipend obtained by the candidate.

Operational funding of $8,000 p.a and other support will be available for fieldwork and other expenses of the project.

How to apply

The successful candidate will be invited to apply for a PhD stipend scholarship at The Australian National University (AUD$26,682 tax free (2017 rate) for 3 years). 

The closing dates for applications for a PhD stipend scholarship at The Australian National University are: International -  31 August 2017; Domestic - 31 October 2017.

Interested individuals are invited to discuss the project with Professor David Lindenmayer (02 6125 0654 or david.lindenmayer@anu.edu.au) and must submit a CV and a one page statement of possible research directions to david.lindenmayer@anu.edu.au by 1 October 2017 for domestic students or 1 August 2017 for international students.

Further information

Research at The Australian National University

In the latest World University Rankings, The Australian National University was the top institution in Australia for environmental research and ranked within the world top ten. The Fenner School of Environment and Society has a large, dynamic community of PhD students who are provided with high quality office facilities, computer and statistical support, and access to field equipment, laboratory facilities and a fleet of 4WD vehicles. Students are encouraged to collaborate widely and attend national and international conferences.

More information about the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub

The NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub is supported by funding through the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Programme (NESP), and matched by contributions from 10 of the country's leading academic institutions and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

The Hub works closely with more than two-dozen collaborating organisations, including management agencies and conservation groups, to ensure its research has an on-ground impact in threatened species management. It brings together leading ecological experts to work on the outlook for Australia's threatened species and ecological communities by:

•             Developing better, more efficient responses to threats

•             Testing novel strategies for rescuing species on the brink

•             Developing strategies to provide an early warning about extinction risk

•             Ensuring the best tools and most up-to-date information to monitor conservation status

•             Involving communities in threatened species conservation and sharing the benefits of healthy ecosystems.

For further information on the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub, please visit the website at www.nespthreatenedspecies.edu.au