|Location||University of New England, Research Services Directorate|
|Eligibility||Open to international applicants|
PhD Scholarship Opportunity: The Ecology and Behaviour of the Endangered Bell's Turtle
The School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New
England (UNE) is offering an exciting opportunity for a motivated and
independent PhD candidate to research the ecology, behaviour and
conservation management of Bell's Turtle in the New England region. This
project will run in collaboration with the Turtles Forever conservation
program being conducted by the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services
(NTLLS) as part of the NSW Environmental Trust’s Saving Our Species
The precise nature of the project will be subject to negotiation between
the candidate and supervisory team, however existing activities mean that
the candidate may have access to such benefits as established populations
of individually marked turtles, sniffer dogs to locate nesting areas during
the breeding season and the potential for logistical support from
stakeholders such as the NTLLS.
The applicant should have demonstrated research experience in animal
behaviour/ecology, aquatic ecology and/or herpetology. A willingness and
enthusiasm for conducting extensive periods of fieldwork and the required
travel is needed. The applicant should have a proven ability to work
independently, as well as be able to contribute as part of a research team.
The project may involve some laboratory-based research, so skills in this
area would also be advantageous.
The scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of $26,682 per year (2017 rate)
for three years, with an additional $5,000 per year stipend and $5,000 per
year research costs available through support from the NTLLS to the
successful candidate. Post-graduate training at UNE includes a dynamic
academic team environment, international conference opportunities,
professional development and networking. The project will be based at UNE
in Armidale in northern NSW, in collaboration with researchers involved in
the multi-disciplinary Turtles Forever conservation project.
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