PhD opportunity, Effects of Native Animals on Bushfire Risk

Canberra, Australia
11 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Fenner School of Environment and Society PhD program

We are seeking a PhD candidate to work on the recently funded ARC Linkage Project “Fire, Fuel and Fauna: Effects of native animals on fuel dynamics and bushfire risk” in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at The Australian National University. This exciting ARC Linkage project will use a combination of field experiments and fire behaviour modeling to examine the extent to which animals can influence fire regimes.

The PhD project will investigate the potential for kangaroos and wallabies to affect fuel dynamics through changes in vegetation structure, composition and litter accumulation. The PhD scholar will be supervised by Professor Lindenmayer, Dr Claire Foster and Associate Professor Geoff Cary, with opportunities to work with other project personnel, including industry partners, and international researchers.

The successful applicant will be offered a PhD supplementary stipend of $6,000 p.a. additional to their PhD scholarship stipend from other sources. Operational funding will be available for fieldwork and other expenses of the project. The supplementary stipend will be offered for three years with a possible six month extension.

Candidate requirements

A bachelor’s degree with first-class honours or a research master’s degree from a recognised university is a prerequisite. Selection is based on academic merit and the candidate’s research proposal. The successful candidate will have a background in environmental science, ecology or similar.

Domestic students must obtain and maintain a PhD scholarship stipend at The Australian National University (2017 rate:$26,682 p.a. tax free; see below). This opportunity is not currently available for international students. The candidate is expected to commence the doctoral program in early 2018.

Application process

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor David Lindenmayer to discuss a potential PhD project, and must submit a CV, copy of academic transcripts, and a one page statement of possible research directions to him by 20 October 2017. Please email or call 02 6125 0654.

Closing date

The closing date for applications for a domestic PhD stipend scholarship at The Australian National University is 31 October 2017.

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Research at The Australian National University

In the latest World University Rankings, The Australian National University was the top-ranked institution in Australia for environmental research. The Fenner School of Environment and Society includes some of the Australia’s leading ecologists and conservation scientists. The School’s large, dynamic community of PhD students 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. Research within Professor Lindenmayer’s Research Group addresses a diverse range of topics, with a particular focus on applied land management and conservation questions. Past PhD graduates have a strong record of employment in academic, government and NGO sectors.