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La Trobe University

Positions available in the McGeoch Research Group, Centre for Future Landscapes, School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

If you are interested in any of the positions below please contact Professor Melodie McGeoch – M.McGeoch@LaTrobe.edu.au

1. Postdoctoral Fellow – Measurement and Modelling of Antarctic Biodiversity

Candidate requirements: The successful candidate will have an excellent publication record, significant biodiversity modelling skills, ideally with experience in biodiversity informatics, and have an interest in the Antarctic.
Status: This position is expected to open for formal recruiting in early 2021. Expressions of interest are welcome prior to this.


 2. Research Assistant – Biodiversity Informatics

Candidate requirements: The successful candidate will have significant data science expertise, the ability to synthesise and analyse biodiversity and environmental data and to build and manage environmental and biodiversity information systems, plus an interest in the Antarctic.

Status: This position is expected to open for formal recruiting in early 2021. Expressions of interest are welcome prior to this.


3. PhD – Impacts of climate change on the conservation status of Antarctic plant species

Candidate requirements: The successful candidate will have majored in botany and ecology, have a working knowledge of R, and an interest in the Antarctic.
Status: This position is expected to open for formal recruiting in early 2021. Expressions of interest are welcome prior to this.

Queensland University of Technology

Positions available in the Wilson Environmental Decisions Lab, Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

If you are interested in any of the positions below, please contact Professor Kerrie Wilson – kerrie.wilson@qut.edu.au


1. PhD – Protected area planning

Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs) are a key element of Antarctica’s terrestrial and marine conservation, but the current network is inadequate, unrepresentative, and needs revision. We will advance conservation planning tools to help the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties (ATCPs) create a coordinated, continent-wide network of protected areas. Informed by the spatial data-streams we will use systematic conservation planning methods to generate proposals for multilateral networks that satisfy representativeness, adequacy, and equity constraints. More information here


2. PhD – Supporting environmental stewardship

Antarctic conservation requires a negotiated consensus among Parties and can be impeded by competing values and geopolitical motivations. We will use theories and tools from a range of disciplines to better understand the political landscape to better understand the political landscape of the Antarctic Treaty System to progress Australian objectives and improve overall agility in the face of emerging and unexpected threats.

Queensland University of Technology

Positions available in the Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

If you are interested in any of the positions below, please contact SAEF Scholarship Enquiries at QUT here


1. PhD – Statistical downscaling of Antarctic models

Antarctic data is often gathered from space, using satellites and global circulation models. However, management decisions need to be made at a much smaller scale, in the range of animal movements and species ranges. This project seeks to develop innovative statistical methods for downscaling these models to a useful resolution, validating and calibrating the techniques using a range of new approaches and technologies, including drones, genomics, statistical modelling and robotic vision.


2. PhD – A new biosecurity framework for Antarctica

This project will adopt a biosecurity risk framework to assess current and emerging movement pathways of invasive species, predict the impacts of invasions on currently pristine ecosystems and prioritise management actions to limit future invasive species impacts.


3. PhD – Value-of-information in remote ecosystems

This project will develop and enlarge single- and multi-stage value-of-information models to incorporate statistical uncertainty. These models will inform the rapid collection of baseline data in locations where early information could offer warning signals of future ecosystem change.


4. PhD – Identifying essential biodiversity on the Antarctic continent

This project seeks to develop Essential Biodiversity Variables to detect and monitor change in Antarctic terrestrial and benthic biodiversity.