PhD Scholar

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: St Lucia, QUEENSLAND
Deadline: 27 Jun 2017

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Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):School Schol (APA Rate) NONBAND ($26,682.00 - $26,682.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
Location: St Lucia, Brisbane

This scholarship is offered by the School of Biological Sciences, which is situated at The University of Queensland on the St Lucia campus in Brisbane and is part of the Faculty of Science. Areas of research within the School include: evolution, global change biology, ecology, aquaculture, behaviour, physiology, entomology, zoology, botany, genomics, development and conservation biology.

The role

The successful applicant will work towards a PhD Research degree, with a project aimed at documenting and interpreting theropod dinosaur tracks in the Broome Sandstone on the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia.

The PhD will focus on collating a detailed dataset of theropod dinosaur tracks in the Broome Sandstone, utilising high-resolution aerial photography with both manned and unmanned aircraft, airborne and hand-held LiDAR imaging, and digital photogrammetry. Combined with field-based studies, the results will allow the reconstruction of high-resolution, 3D digital outcrop models of tracks and tracksites, permitting detailed ichnotaxonomic, preservational, behavioural, and palaeoecological analyses. We are interested in investigating the possible trackmaker affinities of various theropod tracks in the Broome Sandstone, and the extent to which theropod trackmakers may have interacted with each other and other dinosaurian trackmakers, their pedal anatomy and locomotor kinematics, and the degree to which their temporal and spatial abundance correlates with specific palaeoenvironments.  

The project will likely involve fieldwork, with the timing contingent on tides, weather conditions and site access. The successful student will become proficient in software that permits 2D and 3D reconstruction and analysis, 3D animation, and stratigraphic analysis.

The person

Applicants should possess a bachelor’s degree with first class honours in biological/geological


science or agricultural science or international equivalent. Experience in the graphic design software and basic 3D modelling software is desirable.  The applicant should be well-versed in dinosaur systematics, anatomy, phylogenetic comparative methods, and should also ideally have a solid understanding of palaeoenvironmetal and stratigraphic analysis. The ability to write for the general public is also an advantage for public dissemination of the work.


The School of Biological Sciences is offering an annual stipend of $26,682 a year tax-free. The duration of the scholarship is for three years, with a possibility of a 6 month’s extension.  A further 6 month’s extension may be available but only under exceptional circumstances.

The supervisors will also support travel to at least one conference.

Award of the scholarship is dependent on the recipient being admitted to the PhD program at the University of Queensland and the recipient receiving a UQ Graduate School Tuition Fee Scholarship.


To discuss this role please contact Steve Salisbury +61 7 3365 8548 +61 407 700 886

To apply for this EOI, please DO NOT use the Apply button below.

Please email Dr Steve Salisbury directly and supply the following documentation:

Cover letter; Complete tertiary Academic Records (with grades/GPA scores and official grading scale details) and a detailed Resume/CV.

Advertised:22 Jun 2017
Applications close:27 Jun 2017 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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