PhD solutions for rabbit, invasive fish and pig problems: applications close 28 Jun

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10 May 2013

PhD solutions for rabbit, invasive fish and feral pig problems

The best young minds in the country will soon be thinking research solutions for pest animal problems as varied as rabbit biological control; eDNA surveillance for invasive fish; making reliable pest animal intelligence decisions and modelling for feral pig management in tropical Queensland.

The Invasive Animals CRC is currently calling for applications for five PhD scholarships, with applications closing 28 June 2013.

Andreas Glanznig, CEO of the Invasive Animals CRC, said that successful PhD candidates will work on their doctorates in the stimulating and supportive intellectual environment of leading Australian universities in Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra with up to four years’ funding support, compared to the usual three years.

Research in the five PhD scholarships on offer covers:

  1. Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus: Mechanisms of transmission (University of Adelaide) Further information: tarnya.cox@dpi.nsw.gov.au and phill.cassey@adelaide.edu.au
  2. eDNA surveillance for multiple high risk invasive fish (University of Canberra)
    (2 research projects and 2 PhD scholarships)
    Further information: elise.furlan@canberra.edu.au
  3. Decision theory for reliable pest animal intelligence decisions (University of Queensland) Further information: p.baxter@uq.edu.au
  4. Spatial modelling for feral pig management in tropical Queensland (University of Queensland) Further information: p.baxter@uq.edu.au

Applications for study commencing second semester 2013 close on 28 June 2013. Applications are to be made directly to the listed supervisors for the projects.

Education Leader with the Invasive Animals CRC, Dr Tony Buckmaster – himself a past PhD of the program, said the PhD candidates will work with cutting-edge technology on innovative research projects supervised by leading researchers to achieve practical solutions to the real $1 billion feral animals problem that damages both the Australian environment and reduces agricultural productivity.

“With industry support, Invasive Animals CRC mentoring and more skills training than their PhD peers, we expect our postgraduates to be highly competitive in the job market and to become the research leaders of the future,” he said. “International students are encouraged to apply, however acceptance may depend on the policies regarding international students at the enrolling universities”.

Details of the Invasive Animals CRC research projects, PhD scholarships and Balanced Researcher Program are available at http://www.invasiveanimals.com/education/phd-project-opportunities/  Further enquiries to Dr Tony Buckmaster at the Invasive Animals CRC educationIACRC@canberra.edu.au

Media contacts:         

Tony Buckmaster on (02) 6201 5008 and 0419232965
Glenn Conroy, communications manager, (02) 62012890 and 040637664

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