Location University of New England, Research Services Directorate
App. deadline 29/09/2017
  • Scholarship available
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 program. 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. Please use the link to apply: http://www.une.edu.au/research/hdr/hdr-scholarships/phd-opportunity-the-ecology-and-behaviour-of-the-endangered-bells-turtle

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