CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship - Modelling the Great Southern Reef

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CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarships provide enhanced opportunities in science and engineering for outstanding graduates enrolling in a PhD at Australian tertiary institutions.  

CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship is a supplementary award, which adds to the student’s support from a principal scholarship awarded by another body, e.g. RTP scholarship.  In all respects recipients of awards will be regarded as students of the University at which they are registered, and all rules relating to degree candidature and the primary award will apply. In particular, recipients will undertake research at CSIRO as a student of the university concerned and will not be employees of CSIRO.

The CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere team is offering a CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship in the following research area:

Project Title: Modelling the Great Southern Reef

Project Details:  Temperate and tropical reefs throughout the world are increasingly threatened by pollution, overfishing and climate change, often leading to major shifts in reef ecosystems. The Great Southern Reef is an interconnected temperate marine system fringing more than 8,000 km of Australia’s southern coastline from the southern tip of Queensland to the mid-west coast of Western Australia. This exciting project will use meta-community modelling approaches to explore the ecology of this system, its response to climate and other human-induced pressures, and the efficacy of conservation strategies. We are looking for a candidate with strong communication skills and a background in mathematics or quantitative ecology.

Contact:  For more information on the research project please contact Dr Scott Condie on 03 6232 5025 or email scott.condie@csiro.au

Location: Hobart, Tasmania

Scholarship:  Top-Up Scholarship of $10,000 per annum, plus a learning and development budget of $5,000 over the term of the studentship

Tenure:   3 years

Reference:  80126

Pre-Requisites/Eligibility:

To be eligible to apply you must have (or expect to gain):

  • first or upper second-class honours or equivalent in a relevant research area;
  • admission to an Australian University as a PhD student;
  • hold an appropriate visa to study in Australia (if international)*
  • be no further than one year (FTE) into a PhD on commencing at CSIRO
  • hold a primary scholarship; for example, a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or other primary scholarship of similar value
  • not be in receipt of any other Top-Up Scholarship
  • a university supervisor who is willing and able to supervise you; and
  • be available to commence with CSIRO no later than 30 June 2022

* International applicants must be residing in Australia and have the appropriate immigration approvals to allow them to take up the scholarship. 

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent.

Applications will be assessed on:

  • Quality and relevance of student project:  The primary assessment criterion for a CSIRO PhD Top-Up Scholarship is the quality and relevance of the project being proposed.  The research must be aligned with the advertised priority research area.
  • Academic calibre of the student:  The quality of the student is also critical to the assessment of a scholarship and candidates must hold (or expect to gain) a relevant first or upper second class honours (or equivalent) degree from a recognised university.
  • Availability of appropriate university supervision:  The relevance of the university supervisor’s research background and their willingness to supervise the student in collaboration with the CSIRO supervisor should also be made clear. 
  • How to apply:

    You will be required to:

  • submit a Resume/CV and Cover Letter (as one document) in the ‘Resume/CV field which includes:
    • the names and contact details of two previous supervisors or academic/professional referees; and
    • a one-page proposal stating how your research interests align with the project aims.
  • upload your academic results in the ‘Cover Letter’ field.
  • in the ‘Job-Specific Information’ section, select ‘Not Applicable’ for both Preference 1 and Preference 2.  You are not required to provide your Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 984 220 and someone will be able to assist you. Outside business hours please email: careers.online@csiro.au .

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