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The ESA publishes student and volunteer opportunities on our website, in our weekly e-news, and via social media.

You can find a list of current student opportunities below.

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Latest Student Opportunities

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) at Western Sydney University is looking for a highly motivated and qualified candidate for a 3-year PhD commencing in 2020.

Closes:
Monday, August 31, 2020

• Conceptualise and develop a new approach to real-time habitat condition monitoring
• Identify and harness a range of new analysis techniques and data sources
• Join CSIRO - Australia's premier science and technology research organisation

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Quantitative Biodiversity Assessment Team. The ideal candidate will have practical experience in spatiotemporal modelling, remote sensing, ecology, and data integration as well as advanced programming skills.

Closes:
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Edith Cowan University Industry PhD Scholarship - “Improving Restoration and Management of Saline Valley-Floor Ecosystems in the northern agricultural region of Western Australia”

Expressions of Interests close 31st July 2020

Supervisors:  Dr Rob Davis and Dr Eddie van Etten (ECU)

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from potential candidates to undertake PhD research in the School of Science at ECU in Perth, in conjunction with our industry partner, the Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association (GRCA). 

Closes:
Friday, July 31, 2020

Important fire properties such as rate of spread, intensity and severity are controlled in part by spatial patterns of fuel and plant moisture. These patterns arise from the complex interplay of rainfall inputs, redistribution of moisture between litter and soil layers, plant water uptake and climatic drivers of drying in heterogeneous landscapes. The magnitude of soil heating, an important driver of post-fire vegetation recovery and recruitment, is also a function of soil wetness and soil type.

Closes:
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Deakin University, Victoria

In this trans-disciplinary project, the PhD student will bring together different knowledge types and theory to improve the monitoring and management of natural ecosystems. Specifically, the student will: 1) review the theory and empirical evidence supporting the relationships between ecosystems, benefits they provide and human well-being ; and 2) use novel modelling and statistical approaches, together with several case studies, to bring together the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems approach and the United Nations System of Environmental Economic Accounting (UN SEEA EEA) approach.

Closes:
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Deakin University, Victoria

The Tiwi Land Council, the primary decision-making body for land use on the Islands, is seeking to expand economic opportunities for Tiwi communities and to improve social, economic and health outcomes for the Tiwi people, while sustaining the Islands’ unique cultural and biodiversity values. This project aims to support decision-making on the Tiwi islands, through new methods for collaborative land-use planning that advance knowledge about trade-offs between sustainable economic development and biodiversity conservation on Indigenous lands.

Closes:
Monday, June 1, 2020

The Scholes Student Scholarship is named to honour Dr Alex Scholes. Dr Scholes had a deep appreciation of the Australian landscape and left a bequest to Trust for Nature to enable young people to study the conservation of fauna, flora and habitat in an applied way. Trust for Nature’s Board has approved the use of part of his bequest funds to provide scholarships supporting post-graduate students working in the field of
conservation where their research has relevance to private-land conservation in Victoria. Up to five scholarships are available in 2020.

Closes:
Friday, May 15, 2020

Job type: PhD scholarship - Vegetation modelling
Institution: University of New South Wales
Location: Sydney
Country: Australia
Apply By : Friday, April 3, 2020 - 23:59

Landscape dynamics of regenerating forests: Predicting climate change impacts on carbon-farming projects in Australian Rangelands

Closes:
Friday, April 3, 2020

A doctoral scholarship (full scholarship plus operating expenses) is available for an outstanding candidate to undertake research on the ethnographic and archival evidence of Aboriginal food production. This Industry PhD scholarship, established by La Trobe University in partnership with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation/Djandak Enterprises and Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance, will be awarded to a qualified applicant with a background in Archaeology, Aboriginal Studies, Anthropology, or History.

Closes:
Friday, April 17, 2020

A doctoral scholarship (fully-funded stipend plus operating) is available for an outstanding candidate to undertake research on the role of cultural fire in Aboriginal food production. This Industry PhD Research Scholarship, established by La Trobe University in partnership with Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation/Djandak Enterprises and Central Victorian Biolinks Alliance (CVBA), will be awarded to a qualified applicant with a background in botany, fire ecology or vegetation science.

Closes:
Friday, April 17, 2020

This project will investigate wildlife presence, use of tree hollows and nest boxes and breeding success post-fire. Providing supplementary habitat is widely used but poorly understood; several studies report that nest boxes have not benefitted priority species. 

Closes:
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

This project will build upon current PhD research, focused on ecology, by investigating behavioural adaptions of brush-turkeys to urban areas and if they perform the role of an ecosystem engineer.

Closes:
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

This project will complement the existing behavioural research by investigating cockatoos ecological adaptions to urban areas.

Closes:
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) environmental science discipline invites applications for a PhD student (domestic or international) to work on an ARC funded project in the Bega Valley of New South Wales.

The PhD candidate will study interactions between vertebrates, invertebrates and plants in the lowland grassy woodlands of the Bega Valley. Working in the context of a large experiment with supervisors from both QUT and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL in Switzerland, project objectives are to broadly:

Closes:
Monday, September 30, 2019

These projects will suit students with interest and knowledge in plant evolutionary ecology, environmental physiology and/or ecological and evolutionary genetics

Closes:
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Australia has the unenviable distinction of having the highest rate of mammal extinctions globally in the past 200 years. Introduced predators (cats and foxes) are considered the main driver of Australia's mammal loss. Efforts to reintroduce native mammal populations have been most successful when introduced predators are removed, particularly through fencing. However, recent research suggests that reintroduced threatened mammals can have profound effects on ecosystems that are still being realized.

Closes:
Friday, August 30, 2019

The science and practice of restoration ecology has advanced rapidly in recent years, with significant progress in our ability to establish vegetation. More recently, rewilding, the return of “keystone" fauna, has come to the fore. It is now recognized that the success of restoration in returning not only biodiversity, but also ecosystem function, depends very much on the interplay of species. Despite their vast diversity and importance in ecosystem function, invertebrates and microbes have largely been neglected in a restoration context.

Closes:
Friday, August 30, 2019

This trans-disciplinary PhD project offers the opportunity to bring together different knowledge types and theory to improve the monitoring and management of natural ecosystems. The successful PhD student will develop national and international case studies in collaboration with conservation scientists and economists, both in academia and in practice.

Closes:
Sunday, September 8, 2019

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with research interests in the integration of conservation science into management action for an exciting project investigating the role of scientists within conservation management agencies.

Closes:
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Little is known about the ecology of trout in Australia despite their environmental, economic and social importance. Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) and Rainbow Trout (Oncorhyncus mykiss) were introduced to southern Australia for recreational fishing in the 1800s, and over 1 million are released into lakes and impoundments annually. These species are highly valued by recreational fishers and provide considerable social and economic benefit to regional Victoria.

Closes:
Sunday, September 1, 2019

PLEASE FORWARD TO ANY PROMISING ECOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OR FORESTRY GRADUATES!

Closes:
Monday, August 12, 2019

The Australian Tropical Herbarium is starting a new research group in plant biosecurity and the newly appointed researchers, Daniel Montesinos and Matt Barrett, are accepting candidatures for PhD, Masters and Honours candidates to study the ecology, evolution, and biogeography of invasive plants. The research would involve field, lab, and greenhouse work, and will offer the opportunity to learn a diverse array of technical skills including population and community ecology, reproductive biology, physiology, cytogenetics, genetics, or statistics.

Closes:
Monday, September 30, 2019

The Research Project
Tasmania is experiencing escalated development of its coastal regions, with greater use of coastal waters for industry and recreational activities, as well as the value placed on the pristine nature of our coasts.

Closes:
Sunday, August 11, 2019