Managing Miners: quantifying the where and when of successful Noisy Miner removals for land managers

PhD Opportunity

The School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England (UNE) is offering an exciting opportunity for a motivated and independent PhD candidate to research the ecology, behaviour and optimal management of Noisy Miner populations in the New England region. This project will run in collaboration with an existing grant that will fund research in this area over the next three years, involving UNE, researchers from UQ and the Australian Museum.

The precise nature of the project will be subject to negotiation between the candidate and supervisory team, however existing activities mean that the candidate will have access to established field sites, will work closely with a postdoctoral researcher in the field, and have the flexibility to follow their research interests in broad areas targeting the evolution of sociality, acoustic signalling, bioacoustics monitoring, the molecular ecology of miner dispersal, and how the species impacts other threatened taxa in the region, such as the Regent Honeyeater.

The applicant should have demonstrated research experience in animal behaviour/ecology or a related discipline. A willingness and enthusiasm for conducting extensive periods of fieldwork and the required travel is needed. The applicant should have a proven ability to work independently, as well as be able to contribute as part of a research team. The project may involve some laboratory-based research, such as molecular analysis of gene flow or bioacoustics analysis of passive recordings, so skills in this area would also be advantageous. The position may also require woodland bird survey skills, so these would also be advantageous to potential applicants.

The scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of $27,082 per annum (2018 rate) for three years. Post-graduate training at UNE includes a dynamic academic team environment, international conference opportunities, professional development and networking. The project will be based at UNE in Armidale in northern NSW.

When to apply: Scholarship applications for candidates are due by 30 November 2018, and candidates would need to be prepared to start by 30 January 2019 at the latest. This Scholarship is only available to an Australian citizen, full terms and conditions can be found here.

To apply or enquire: Please send an email to Associate Professor Paul McDonald with a statement of your background, interest in the project, Curriculum Vitae, and a copy of your undergraduate academic transcripts. You should also include the contact details of 2 referees able to speak to your suitability for the position in your application.

Email: paul.mcdonald@une.edu.au

Phone: (02) 6773 3317