PhD opportunity in fire and wildlife ecology in semi-arid ecosystems

Opportunity Type: 
Student Opportunity
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

We are seeking a PhD student for an exciting, industry-funded project aimed at understanding how fire regimes influence wildlife in semi-arid Victoria.

The project will use new automated methods alongside traditional methods to sample mammal, reptile and amphibian communities across a chronosequence of fire age-classes in each of two major vegetation types (Lowan Mallee and Heathland Sands) in the Victorian Mallee (Big Desert NP, Little Desert NP).

The candidate will work closely with machine-learning experts to develop and implement automated data processing methods. The project is funded and supported via the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, and will also involve close collaboration with research partners at Latrobe University.

For more information and to submit an expression of interest, please contact A/Prof Euan Ritchie at

Your expression of interest should include a CV and up to two pages that specifically address the following selection criteria: Applicants must have a strong first-class honours degree or equivalent at an Australian university or recognised overseas university.

Applicants must be able to work independently as well as in a team and show a high level of initiative and collaboration. They will need to have field experience (ideally in remote locations) in wildlife survey and ecology. GIS, statistical (program R) and modelling experience will also be very advantageous. Must have a current, manual driver’s license.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 30th April 2019, with the aim of commencing mid 2019.