Research Scholar - Top Up in School of Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Queensland, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Australia

Research Scholar - Top Up


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Job no:501038

Area:Faculty of Science

Salary (FTE):APA Scholarship NON-BANDED ($26,682.00 - $26,682.00)

Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term

Location: St Lucia

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is a vibrant, multidisciplinary School with extensive teaching and research programs covering the fields of Geology, Geography, Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Sciences and Planning. The School has a strong research profile and enjoys an excellent success rate in nationally competitive grants and has a strong record of high quality publications.


The NESP Threatened Species Recovery (TSR) Hub is supported by funding through the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Programme (NESP), and matched by contributions from 10 of the country’s leading academic institutions and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.


Led by Professor Brendan Wintle (University of Melbourne), and supported by Professor David Lindenmayer (Australian National University), Dr Sarah Legge, Professor Stephen Garnett and Professor John Woinarski (Charles Darwin University), and Associate Professor Martine Maron (University of Queensland), the research team of 48 includes some of the world’s foremost conservation science experts.


The Hub works closely with more than two-dozen collaborating organisations, including management agencies and conservation groups, to ensure TSR Hub research has an on-ground impact in threatened species management.


For further information on the NESP TSR Hub please visit the website at


The role


The University of Queensland (UQ) is offering a PhD Top-Up Scholarship under the NESP TSR Hub for a quantitative student to work on a decision science approach to the management of an endemic threatened species.


The Top-up will provide successful candidates with an additional $6,000 per year for a maximum of three years, on top of their PhD Scholarship stipend from other sources, plus some support funds for fieldwork and attendance at Hub workshops and conferences. Scholarships will be annually renewed for three years, contingent on satisfactory progress.


This top up is part of Project 2.3 which focuses on the conservation management of the unique species of Christmas Island. The project will apply decision analysis for the management of the endemic and threatened Christmas Island Flying-Fox (CIFF) in the face of considerable population uncertainty and multiple potential threats.


The project will be supported by information from the comprehensive research program that is already underway on the CIFF under the auspices of the Western Sydney University, the Taronga Conservation Society, CSIRO, and Christmas Island National Park.


The person


Expressions of Interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic international and Australian graduates with a First Class Honours. Ideally candiates will have a background in quantative analysis and have a good understanding of, or a strong desire to learn, approaches for environmental decision-making. Candidates do not need to be an expert on flying-foxes, but an understanding of applying the approaches to ecological systems is preferred.


Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for the University of Queensland, including English language requirements, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. Demonstration of research ability through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is desirable. The NESP TSR Hub PhD Top-up scholarships are available to domestic and international students in receipt of UQ Graduate School Scholarship or other funded scholarship and undertaking their PhD study at UQ. The outcomes of the top-up scholarship will be on condition of the recipient receiving an unconditional admission to the University and a full scholarship.


For further information on the Basis of Admission to a UQ research higher degree, please visit  Successful applicants must accept and commence within 6 months of receiving an award.


The scholarship will be awarded for 3 years. Applicants will need to apply for competitive scholarships, as detailed in




This is a scholarship top up only of $6, 000 per annum for a maximum of three years available for successful PhD Candidates. Prospective students will be provided with assistance to apply for a competitive UQ scholarship, or a domestic equivalent scholarship, for stipend and tuition support Award of a scholarship top up will be conditional upon the applicant applying for and obtaining an unconditional offer for entry to the PhD program at UQ and being assessed in the next available UQ scholarship round. The duration of the candidacy is 3 years with 2 possible extensions each for up to 6 months (PPL 4.80.01 UQ Research Scholarships). 




To discuss this role please contact the Project Leader, Dr Eve McDonald-Madden, at Visit for further information on Dr McDonald-Maddens Lab.


To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae including transcripts. Applications close on 31stof August 2017.


For information on completing the application process click here.


Advertised: 14 Aug 2017 

Applications close: 31 Oct 2017 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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