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MSc/PhD opportunity: Freshwater invertebrates and catchment land use (Federation University Australia)

CLOSES: 31 October 2020

Are you interested in freshwater insects? Wondering what you can do to contribute toward improved management of freshwater systems and catchments? There is an exciting new MSc or PhD project available to examine the links between stream invertebrate communities and surrounding land use. The candidate will combine field surveys of streams, GIS assessment of catchment land use and analyses of an extensive dataset of stream invertebrates. These data are sourced from the National Waterbug Blitz, which is the first national freshwater reporting system based on both professional and citizen science data.

We are seeking expressions of interest from high quality candidates who have a strong interest in freshwater ecology and an interest in working with a broad range of stakeholders including water and catchment management authorities and citizen scientists. Skills in GIS and data analysis are desirable.

Please contact Dr Philip Barton ( or Dr Birgita Hansen ( for more information.

Candidate requirements:

A bachelor’s degree in environmental science, ecology or water science with first-class honours or a research master’s degree from a recognised university is a prerequisite. A high grade point average, peer-reviewed publications and previous research experience are an advantage. The successful candidate must obtain and maintain a domestic PhD scholarship stipend at Federation University. Applicants must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident. Candidates are expected to commence in early 2021 and be based at Mount Helen campus.

Application process and closing dates:

Interested domestic candidates are invited to discuss the project with Dr Philp Barton or Dr Birgita Hansen and must submit a CV and academic transcript by 21 October 2020.

The successful applicant will be invited to apply for a PhD stipend scholarship at Federation University.

The closing date for applications is 31 October 2020.

To apply, click here.

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