ECU-DBCA Kings Park Science Industry PhD Scholarship

Updated: 9 days ago
Location: Mount Lawley, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 28 Feb 2023

Evaluating the use of high spatial-temporal remotely sensed (RS) imagery, such as UAV and nano-satellite data, to evaluate plant physiological responses to environmental stressors. Kings Park is an A-class reserve situated within Perth CBD. Currently, many of the trees within the irrigated parkland are suffering from chlorotic decline syndrome (CDS) resulting from modified water quality leading to nutritional deficiencies and declining tree health. The PhD candidate will conduct UAV missions within Kings Park and collect field data relating to tree health. This data will then be used to develop a remote monitoring system for tree health across the reserve.

Important dates
Opens: 23-01-2023Closes: 28-02-2023
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At a glance

The DBCA Kings Park Science & ECU Industry PhD program is a three and a half-year research training program that focuses on applied research and working with the industry sector.

The Program includes:

  • admission to a university PhD program.
  • a Scholarship Package totalling approx. $35,000 p.a. over three and a half years.
  • an industry engagement component.
  • supervision by the host university and Kings Park Science (an industry partner).
  • Successful students are subject to the policies, procedures, and guidelines of the ECU. Students will receive a standard PhD on completion.

    Ideal Student:

    • Bachelor Science with a Masters of Research in Environmental Sciences (or similar).
    • Significant experience in geospatial technologies, particularly remote sensing, working with spectral responses of vegetation to various disturbance events.
    • Some experience with UAV technology and data processing.
    • Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and excellent presentation skills and experience.
    • Some experience in laboratory, handling scientific equipment, samples and dealing with HSE aspects.


    • Primary location of the student: Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA.
    • Other potential locations: Kings Park Science, Perth WA.

    Eligibility Guidelines

    To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

    • meet host university PhD admission requirements;
    • meet university English Language requirements;
    • not have previously completed a PhD;
    • be able to commence the Program in the year of the offer;
    • enrol as a full-time PhD student; and,
    • be prepared to be located at the project location(s) that the host university has approved and, if required, comply with the host university’s external enrolment procedures.

    How to apply

    Applicants are required to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to the ECU supervisor: David Blake

    Selection process
    • The EOI is assessed by the supervisory team and shortlisted applicants are interviewed
    • The supervisory team nominates a preferred applicant
    • The nominated applicant will be instructed to apply
    • The application is then be assessed by ECU against PhD admission criteria.
    • ECU will issue a letter of offer for the program if all conditions have been satisfied

    For more information

    Contact ECU Research Services

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