PhD scholarship: Rainforest wildlife ecology and conservation The University of Queensland, Australia

PhD scholarship: Rainforest wildlife ecology and conservation

The University of Queensland, Australia

Apply now Job No:512323
Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):UQ Travelling Scholarship BAND
Work type:Full Time – Scholarship
Location: St Lucia

Research Environment

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The Ecological Cascades Lab at UQ is a pioneering group of young scientists that are focused on rainforest wildlife conservation. We study how food webs are being threatened by various disturbances and employ emerging technologies and advanced statistical analyses. Quantitative skills are highly valued.

The award

Supervisor – Dr Matthew Luskin

We are establishing a large network of camera traps across the rainforests of the Wet Tropics Management Authority in Queensland. We will assess impacts from the loss of native predators (quolls), rise of invasive predators (cats, foxes) and the invasive herbivores (pigs, deer, etc) on food web dynamics and biodiversity.

These scholarships will be for commencement in Research Quarter 1 (January) 2022 or later.

A working knowledge of coding and statistics using R Can would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ. Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of ecology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of statistics is highly desirable.


The 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$28,597 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for three years with two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply ).


For further information, please contact Dr Matthew Luskin  at  +61 (0) 412 915 923

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link . There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  • Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  • Select ‘I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship’.
  • Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘RAINFOREST-LUSKIN’ in the ‘Name of scholarship’ field.

See an example of what you have to do

Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

Applications close: 15 March 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time


Advertised:18 Dec 2020
Applications close:15 Mar 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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