[ES_JOBS_NET] PhD Position Lake Resilience Tasmania

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Dec 23 20:00:24 MST 2014

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From: Bernadette Proemse <Bernadette.Proemse at utas.edu.au>
Date: Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 7:17 PM

 Dear colleagues,

We are looking for a motivated PhD student to join the Freshwater Ecology
Group at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania. Please
forward to anyone who might be interested.

Thank you and Happy Holidays,


*PhD project opportunity on the resilience of lake ecosystems to
water-level manipulation*

*School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania*

We are seeking applicants with an interest and background in freshwater
ecology and/or aquatic environmental chemistry for a 3-year PhD project
based in Tasmania. The PhD project is part of a larger collaboration
between the University of Tasmania, the University of Western Australia,
and Hydro Tasmania, which is supported by an ARC Linkage grant “Resilience
of Lake Ecosystems to Water-level Manipulation” held by A/Prof Leon Barmuta
(University of Tasmania), A/Prof Matthew Hipsey (University of Western
Australia) and Dr Carolyn Maxwell (Hydro Tasmania).

The project focuses on lakes that have their water-level manipulated for
hydro electricity and irrigation supply, and are located on the Central
Plateau of Tasmania, Australia. We are investigating various aspects of
uptake and cycling of key nutrients, particularly at the water-sediment
interface. Elements of interest include, but are not limited to,
phosphorus, nitrogen, and iron. We are interested in the role of sediment
resuspension as a source of nutrients and the effect of macrophyte beds on
shear stress and sediment resuspension within the lakes.  We are looking
for a highly motivated PhD student with an interest in at least one of the
following areas:

·         Water column – sediment interactions

·         The role of biota in these interactions, especially macrophytes
and biofilms

·         Nutrient cycling

·         Stable isotope applications

*What kind of person could do this project? *The project has a significant
field work component, including operating scientific equipment from boats.
The successful candidate is also expected to undertake laboratory
experiments and analytical work. Strong motivation, willingness to work in
remote areas and the capacity to work independently are important
qualities. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English,
and have a current driver’s licence. Minimum requirement for candidature is
2A Honours or equivalent. Selection of applicants will be based on merit.

*Scholarships: *

*Domestic students *(Australia and New Zealand) can apply for an Australian
Postgraduate Award (APA) through the University of Tasmania worth $25,849
(2015 rate), with merit-based schemes available for top-ups.

*International students**: *can apply for a Tasmanian Graduate Research
Scholarship (TGRS) through the University of Tasmania worth $25,849 (2015
rate), with merit-based schemes available for top-ups*. *UTAS also offers a
number of other schemes by which international students can obtain a
scholarship; some offer assistance with tuition fees. Prospective
candidates are also encouraged to seek scholarship schemes from their own
country. International students should contact Associate Professor Leon
Barmuta (details below) as soon as possible to discuss options for
financial support.

*When to apply: *Scholarship applications for candidates are due on *Monday
9 February 2015, *and candidates would need to be prepared to start by
the *31st
March 2015*.

*UTAS provides *a free laptop to all PhD students and funding schemes for
attending an international conference during the PhD.

 *To apply or enquire: *Please send an email to A/Prof Leon Barmuta with a
statement of your background and interest in the project, your Curriculum
Vitae, and a copy of your undergraduate academic transcripts.

Email: Leon.Barmuta at utas.edu.au; Phone: +61 (03) 6226-2785.

*Scholarship applications are due on Monday 9  February  2015.*

*Dr Bernadette Proemse*

Freshwater Ecology Group, School of Biological Sciences,

University of Tasmania, Australia

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