PhD Scholarship, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
04 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management is offering a PhD Scholarship for an Australian or International student to join us to work on a project to quantify the effect of trees on snow drift, cover and melt processes in the Australian Alps using a range of techniques including Eddy Covariance and Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS). This research is part of an ongoing program of research involving The University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia and Snowy Hydro Ltd. to develop new understanding of the hydrometeorology of the alpine catchments of the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme. The successful applicant will be based at The University of Queensland in Brisbane.

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management is a vibrant, multidisciplinary School with extensive teaching and research programs covering the fields of Geography, Environmental Management, Planning and Occupational Health and Safety Science. The School offers postgraduate training in research via the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy and currently has over 100 students enrolled in these degrees. The School has a strong research profile and enjoys an excellent success rate in nationally competitive grants and has a solid record of high quality publications.

The role

The successful candidate will be working on the Project full-time for their PhD, under the supervision of academic staff at the The University of Queensland and The University of Western Australia. They will also interact with personnel from Snowy Hydro Ltd., and other research degree students working on the larger program of research.   

The person

Applicants should possess a first class Honours degree with experience in boundary layer meteorology including preferably the application of eddy covariance (EC) to research of surface – atmosphere energy exchanges. Previous field experience in alpine areas would be an advantage. Students with excellent data coding/programming/"big-data" skills (such as with the Matlab, Python and/or R programs) that can be applied to analysis of EC and DTS datasets will be favourably considered. Applicants should be a team player with a strong professional work ethic. Applicants should have excellent communication skills in terms of both written and spoken English Language expression.

The candidate is also required to meet the minimum requirements for entry into the PhD program.


The base stipend will be at the rate of AUD $26,288 per annum (2016 rate) tax-free for three years with the possibility of a six month extension in approved circumstances. A top-up grant of $5000 per year will also be available.


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