Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location University of New England, Research Services Directorate
App. deadline 26/05/2017
  • Scholarship available
Eligibility Australian residents only

ARC Discovery Project - Landscape of Production and Punishment: the Tasman Peninsula 1830-77

About the Project

The School of Humanities is leading the ARC Discovery Project Landscapes of Production and Punishment: the Tasman Peninsula 1830-77 (DP170103642). This exciting multidisciplinary project re-evaluates the historical and archaeological record of the convict system on the Tasman Peninsula, with a particular focus on Port Arthur and its outstations (project description can be found at: The project is led by Prof. Martin Gibbs (UNE), A.Prof David Roberts (UNE) and Prof. Hamish Maxwell-Stewart (UTas), alongside staff of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority (Dr David Roe, Dr Jody Steele, Ms Susan Hood) and project Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Richard Tuffin.

An opportunity exists for a PhD candidate to join our research team. Reporting to Prof. Gibbs, the student project will be a series of linked studies of how materials moved into, within and outwards from the Tasman Peninsula convict system. Working closely with the main project team the student will consider aspects of supply, production, surplus, change over time, and whether these flows can be tracked. This will involve work with sites, collections and standing fabric, and include materials analysis and historical research.

We are therefore searching for a candidate who has Honours or Masters level qualifications in Archaeology and is concerned with the anthropological dimensions of the archaeological record. It is essential that applicants have well-developed skills in using historical documents in support of archaeological research and some aptitude for, or experience in, materials analysis. The successful candidate will be expected to work under the direction and in collaboration with the main project team. There will be a requirement for co-publication of results. The final form of the project will be determined through consideration of the skills of the candidate.

The successful candidate will be resident at UNE Armidale, with fieldwork in Tasmania as required. Funding will be made available for basic travel and accommodation, as well as core material analyses. The Scholarship includes:

  • 3-year full-time UNE funded PhD studentship providing tuition fees and living allowance stipend.
  • Stipend is $26,682 per annum tax free for full-time internal students, paid in fortnightly instalments.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Martin Gibbs, phone: (02) 6773 2656 or email: For further information about the School visit

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