Phosphorous Limitation of Ecosystem Carbon Sequestration
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen is offering a PhD research scholarship.
Our cotutelle partnership means that you can study for a PhD within both universities, gaining incredible experience, mentoring opportunities and professional development recognised by both universities.
In your first year, you will study in Australian ecosystems based at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment investigating the impacts of P addition on carbon stocks and fluxes in Australian grasslands.
In your second year, you’ll be based in Scotland at the University of Aberdeen, where you will investigate the role of P limitation in a montane ecosystem using both modelling and experimental tools.
In your third year, you’ll return to Sydney and complete your study, equipped with the qualifications, scientific experience, skills and connections you’ll need to launch into a professional environmental sciences career.
The successful applicant should:
» have an excellent academic record relevant to the research proposed
» hold qualifications and experience equal to an Australian First Class Bachelor Honours degree, Masters of Research or equivalent overseas qualifications and/or scholarly publications in peer reviewed journals.
» be enthusiastic and highly motivated to undertake further study at an advanced level
» possess a background in ecosystem ecology or biogeochemistry, with an interest in climate change and plant-soil-atmosphere feedbacks. Experience of carbon flux measurement, soil nutrient analyses and/or ecosystem modelling is desirable, but training in relevant analytical and modelling techniques will be provided.
» International applicants must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the English language. Please refer to the English language requirements at www.westernsydney.edu.au/international/home/admissions/entry_requirements
HOW TO APPLY
» Applicants should discuss eligibility with A/Prof Sally Power on [Email Address Removed] or +61 2 4570 1359
» Contact the Graduate Research School to discuss enrolment and scholarships at
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» Please submit an application form, CV, names and contact information of two referees.
Closing date 12 February 2016.
» The application form can be downloaded from the web:
WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDE?
» Domestic students will receive a tax free stipend of $30,000 per annum and a funded place in the doctoral degree.
» International students will receive a tax free stipend of $30,000 per annum. Those with a strong track record may receive a fee waiver.
» Western Sydney University will provide funds for project costs, conference travel and return travel to the UK.