Advert ID: 20005110
PhD Opportunity in Conservation Biology of the Greater Bilby
Territory Natural Resource Management / Charles Darwin University
Darwin or Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM), in conjunction with Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Central Land Council (CLC) is offering to support a full-time PhD study on greater bilby ecology in the arid zone of the Northern Territory.
The greater bilby is listed nationally as vulnerable and has declined substantially across its range. Limited knowledge exists on bilby population size in the NT and the appropriate fire regime for the species is not well understood.
This PhD project will contribute to greater bilby conservation through research into the effects of arid zone fire and feral animal management on bilby habitat and population biology. This project will connect with a larger project that TNRM are contracted to deliver under the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program to protect the bilby. Findings from this project will inform management of the species and meet objectives in the national bilby recovery plan.
The successful candidate will be working closely with Indigenous rangers and Traditional Owners across an extensive area within the range of the bilby in the Northern Territory (approximately 390,000 km2) using a variety of methods including aerial, on-ground and drone surveys, telemetry, and DNA analyses.
Required skills and experience
To be considered for this opportunity, you must be eligible for a government funded Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship, will have received first class Honours or equivalent and will have demonstrated remote fieldwork experience.
A manual driver’s licence is required. Experience with operating four-wheel drive vehicles, working in sometimes challenging environments, and working with Indigenous people is highly desirable.
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Project funding and supervision
The PhD student will be enrolled at CDU and would need to successfully apply for RTP scholarship (approximately $28,000 pa indexed annually; see www.cdu.edu.au/research/ori/scholarships).
The successful candidate may be eligible for a top-up scholarship of $8,000 per year and will receive on-ground and project support from TNRM. The student would be based at CDU’s Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL; http://riel.cdu.edu.au) in either Darwin or Alice Springs, and be supervised by Prof. Sam Banks and Associate Prof. Brett Murphy at CDU with co-supervision by Dr Kelly Dixon at TNRM and Prof. Chris Dickman at University of Sydney.
How to apply
Closing date: 19th April, 2020.