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, 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.
The successful applicants will be offered a PhD supplementary stipend of AUD$6000 p.a. additional to their PhD scholarship stipend from other sources. Operational funding of $8,000 and other support 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.
See the ANU website for more details including, candidate requirements and how to apply. Information on stipend-scholarships is available here. Applications close 15 August 2017 for international students or 15 October 2017 for domestic students.
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