|Location||University of Melbourne, Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science|
|App. deadline||Applications accepted year round/until filled|
|Eligibility||Australian and New Zealand residents|
A PhD project is available at theUniversity of Melbourne’s School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences to workwith A/Prof Chris Walsh, Dr Jane Catford and Dr Joe Greet. We are seeking ahighly motivated candidate interested in developing understanding toovercome constraints to wetland forest restoration. Working with ourpartners Melbourne Water, Parks Victoria, Zoos Victoria and GreeningAustralia, the project would aim to quantify the interactive effects offlood regime, propagule availability, and competition for restoringdegraded wetland forests. Grounded in ecological theory, and usinglandscape-scale surveys and an innovative field experiments, the projectwould aim to: determine the key constraints to restoring wetland forests;test and advance restoration theory; and inform management plans forrestoring habitat for the endangered Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater’sPossum. The student would also be encouraged to develop innovative lines ofenquiry that complement the project aims.
The candidate should have asolid work ethic, a deep curiosity about vegetation ecology, proven abilityto work independently and in a team and strong communication skills.Preference will be given to candidates with strong analytical andquantitative skills, and field experience conducting vegetation surveys andidentifying plant species.
Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree withfirst-class Honours or Masters in ecology or related discipline. Thecandidate would need to successfully apply for a scholarship through theUniversity of Melbourne (APA or MRS), which provides a tax-free annualstipend worth $25,849. With the support of our project partners, we willprovide an additional $6000 p.a. top-up scholarship and funds to coverother research costs.
To apply, please send a CV, academic transcript,contact details for two academic references, and a brief cover letteroutlining your research interests and motivations for applying [email protected] Informal inquiries are also welcome. Review ofapplications will begin immediately, and short-listed candidates will becontacted to set up an interview. Ideally, the candidate would startmid-2016.
The successfulapplicant will be hosted within the Waterway Ecosystem Research Group(WERG), which currently comprises 9