A PhD Scholarship is offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, which is to conduct archaeological research in Australia and/or the Wallacean islands to the north of Australia. The scholarship is funded through the Australian National University node of the Centre of Excellence of Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH). The successful applicant will work as part of a multidisciplinary team with ANU academics in the CABAH team to investigate specific questions of interest to the aims of the CABAH 'People theme' (for details see http://epicaustralia.org.au).
Our goal is to tell the epic story of Australia's rich and distinctive natural and human history by revolutionising our knowledge of the events and processes that have shaped this nation and combining that knowledge with cutting-edge modelling techniques to manage and protect our natural and cultural resources into the future.
To achieve this ambitious goal, we are seeking enthusiastic and talented PhD students to join our team. The successful applicant will have a background in one or more of the following areas of study including archaeology, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany or geoarchaeology.
The candidate will have the opportunity to work on one of the key archaeological sites located within Australia, New Guinea and Timor-Leste as part of a broader goal to investigate the diversity that is the signature of the peopling and subsequent settlement of Wallacea and Sahul (Australia and New Guinea). Sites in both regions have rich archaeological assemblages beginning as early as 65,000 years ago but few have continuous occupation sequences. Working with counterparts in the CABAH Climate, Landscapes, Wildlife, Time and Modelling themes, the CABAH People team will investigate sites in key regions to better understand these threshold changes.
Significant funding has been committed to CABAH's Irinjili Research Training Program, designed to build future research capacity within STEM disciplines and at their interface with the humanities. Through this program, you will participate in regular Masterclasses, Short Courses and Thematic Workshops, with a transdisciplinary emphasis, to improve your technical, professional and communication skills. Cross-node projects, mentoring arrangements, and researcher exchange fellowship opportunities will be integral to your CABAH research training experience. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to be part of these exciting new developments.
Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders will have access to additional support through dedicated Indigenous Australian initiatives such as mentoring, bursaries and top up grants. Women will be supported through a range of initiatives, including internships and travel grants. For further details on the nature and scope of the project, contact Professor Sue O'Connor who leads the 'People theme'