2019 USC Ecological Modelling PhD Research Fellowship

Deadline: May 31, 2019.

USC are delighted to offer an exciting PhD opportunity in tropical forest ecology and conservation funded through the Australian Research Council. The PhD will be trained and working as part of an international team of researchers with more than 30 years of experience in measuring, monitoring and analysing dynamics and recovery of tropical forests and their structure.

The position will be based at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. Supervision and training will be provided by Associate Professor Andy Marshall, with co-supervision from Dr Marion Pfeifer at Newcastle University (UK).



  • Successful application to the HDR program at USC
  • First Class Bachelors Honours Degree (or equivalent)
  • Not hold an equivalent qualification to the one being applied for
  • Not the recipient of an equivalent award providing greater than 75% of the current RTP rate* to undertake a PhD
  • Masters degree in a relevant discipline
  • Knowledge in the use of R statistical software
  • Experience in measuring tree structure following standard protocols
  • Advanced spatial analysis skills using either R, Python or GIS software
  • Experience of working in disturbed tropical forests
  • Experience of invertebrate sampling
  • Previous involvement in the publication of scientific work in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Experience of living/working in East Africa



  • Annual stipend (equivalent to RTP rate – 2018 rate is $27,082)
  • Operating funds
  • Tuition and Overseas Student Health Cover (single cover) for International students



  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Basic skills in the use of spatial analysis
  • Experience in working in remote areas under sometimes basic field conditions
  • Experience conducting fieldwork in a developing country
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and complete independent work




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