Tailored opportunities: PhD scholarship in Quantifying Ecosystems Services of Forest Fragments at Western Sydney University, Australia


We seek a numerically skilled PhD student to participate in the project by conducting original research on relevant topics of mutual interest, with particular emphasis on ecosystem analysis to support modelling of carbon sequestration and energy balance using a range of ground-based and airborne sensors and instruments. The Institute offers field, controlledenvironment and laboratory facilities on the Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University. HIE manages the Cumberland Plains SuperSite and eddy covariance flux towers within the Australian Supersite Network and Ozflux facilities of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), and the EucFACE elevated CO2 climate change facility in mature native woodland. Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) with hyperspectral and LiDAR payloads for high-resolution mapping of canopy structure, function and health are available for the project. Additional laboratory equipment for environmental science investigations includes two laser-based greenhouse gas analysers (for CO2 , CH4 and their isotopes), a tunable diode laser for isotopes of CO2 , numerous infrared gas analysers, gas chromatographs, elemental analysers and flow-injection analyzers.


We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds, who are keen to apply their skills to the project topic. The successful applicant should:
– hold qualifications and experience equal to one of the following (i) an Australian Bachelor Honours degree, (ii) coursework Masters with at least a 25% research component, (iii) a Research Masters degree or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
– demonstrate excellent academic performance related to the proposed research.
– have proven skills in quantitative techniques such as statistical or numerical modelling, computer programming, and/or analysis of large data sets.
– possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.
– be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level.
– international applicants must also meet English language proficiency https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/international/home/apply/admissions/entry_requirements


Deadline for application October 31, 2019


How to apply

– Contact Professor Elise Pendall e.pendall@westernsydney.edu.au to discuss your eligibility, the project requirements and your intention to apply.
– Complete the application form via the link http:// bit.ly/2o37NTi
– Compile your CV, contact information for two referees and a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.
– Ensure all documentation is certified according to Western Sydney University requirements (https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/applying_to_study/certifying_documents)
– All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted directly to the Graduate Research School as follows:
– Use the email subject line: Application_2020_023_HIE
– Submit to grs.scholarships@westernsydney.edu.au
– International applicants must also meet English language proficiency

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