PhD position: Improving the use of science in conservation management (Australia) ~

7 de octubre de 2013

PhD position: Improving the use of science in conservation management (Australia)

A PhD position is available in Dr Carly Cook's research group at Monash University (School of Biological Sciences). We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with research interests in evidence-based conservation and decision support tools to inform environmental management. Candidates with backgrounds in biology, mathematics, and/or social research methods are invited to apply. The starting date can be any time during 2014 and the PhD project will be developed in collaboration with the student to accommodate research interests and strengths.

The research group is interested in a range of topics related to the use of evidence in environmental decisions. Particularly the types of evidence decision makers use to inform their decisions and why, the consequences of poor uptake of science, knowledge transfer systems, and the success of tools designed to assist managers to use relevant science, such as systematic reviews, management effectiveness evaluations, structured decision-making, and adaptive management.

Scholarship details:
The PhD stipend is fully-funded for a period of 3.5 years and is open to both Australian/NZ domestic and international students. The stipends include all course fees plus approximately $25,000 AUD per annum tax-free. Domestic students will be encouraged to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award, with a top-up scholarship awarded to successful recipients (tax-free 2013 rate of approximately $25,000 AUD, top up of $5000).

Monash and the School of Biological Sciences:
Monash is a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of top Australian universities recognized for their excellence in teaching and research. The School of Biological Sciences is a dynamic unit with strengths in both ecology and genetics and the nexus between these disciplines ( The University is located in Melbourne, one of the most liveable cities in the world and a cultural and recreational hub.

Application process:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter outlining their research interests and motivation, together with a CV and academic transcript to Applicants must possess a Bachelor's or equivalent degree with first-class Honours, Master of Science or MPhil. Short-listed candidates will be asked for further information and will be interviewed. The deadline for scholarship applications at Monash University is October 31, 2013 for a 2014 start date.

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