Change your world through research

Two PhD positions are available in the ChownLab at Monash University, Melbourne Australia

Position 1: Antarctic biodiversity

The newly established Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future research initiative is looking for a researcher to work on forecasting threats to Antarctic biodiversity from changing local environments and global climates. Potential opportunities for field research in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic exist.

  • 4-year fully-funded scholarship
  • Annual stipend $32 304
  • Expected start late 2021 to early 2022, but open to negotiation

Position 2: Soundscapes in urban informal settlements

This project is situated within the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) Program. RISE is a multi-disciplinary action research program working in 24 urban informal settlements in Suva, Fiji, and Makassar, Indonesia.  We are seeking someone keen on understanding soundscapes in urban informal settings and how these can provide measures of biodiversity and of noise-associated human wellbeing. Travel to field sites is a possibility, but is pandemic dependent.

  • 3-year fully-funded scholarship
  • Annual stipend $28 597 topped up to $32 000
  • Expected start late 2021 to early 2022, but open to negotiation

More info:

The details of each project will be worked out with the successful candidate for each position based on the successful candidate’s interests and skills.

Both positions are based in the ChownLab, in the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, and will provide exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, both within Monash and internationally.

Monash University is located in Melbourne – a city consistently ranked among the most liveable cities in the world. Monash is a top 100 university internationally and one of Australia’s prestigious group of eight universities.

Candidates interested in these positions should send the following (and any enquiries) to:

  • A cover letter/email including a statement of capability and reasons for interest in the position, specifying whether the position sought is within SAEF or within RISE
  • Full curriculum vitae
  • Copies of academic results (transcripts)
  • English language skills certification if this applies
  • Names and e-mail addresses of two referees (can be included in the CV)

Applications close on 20 August 2021 at 16h00, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Candidates will be short-listed based on their previous academic performance, experience, and statement of interest in the PhD position. For both positions, interest in and aptitude for quantitative analyses is preferred. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed and a final decision made on the basis of the submitted materials and interview. The formal application process will then be initiated with Monash University.  – More info on how to apply here

A post-graduate prospectus for the School is available here.

And information on the post-graduate community in the School is available here.