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

PhD Opportunity
Project Background

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.

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.

Scholarship Information

The scholarship provides a tax-free stipend of AU$27,596 per annum (2019 rate) for three years.

The Scholarship is tax exempt and paid in fortnightly instalments. The Scholarship is only available to domestic students only. For more information about the scholarship please see the terms and conditions here.

Applicants must meet UNE’s admission requirements for a PhD program. Please see the entry requirements here. Applicants must submit a candidature application if they wish to apply for a scholarship. For more information on submitting a candidature application please see our web page on how to apply/enrol for candidature.

To apply or enquire

To discuss the opportunity and your research proposal concept, please contact Paul McDonald with the following documents:

  • Copy of the applicant’s academic transcript
  • Statement of background and interest in the project
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two academic referee reports


Phone: (02) 6773 3317

Applications close at 5:00pm on the 30 November 2018, and candidates would need to be prepared to start by 30 January 2019 at the latest.