Biological Heritage National Challenge supported Doctoral Fellowship

We seek applicants for one PhD fellowship to be funded as part of a National Science Challenge, Biological Heritage project about Biosecurity network interventions. The student will be based in the Stouffer Lab within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Project overview:

Visitors to natural areas have been directly implicated in the diversity of weeds that have established in nature reserves, on hiking trails, and at back-country huts in New Zealand; similarly, visitors have been associated the spread of plant pathogens such as myrtle wilt disease, Phytophthora cinnamomi, and P. ramorum. Applying network theory to the movement of recreational visitors and tourists is a relatively young field and to date is mostly limited to characterising the structure of destination. Therefore there is considerable potential to employ network tools in a biosecurity setting that investigate any link between the movements of visitors to and between natural areas and the spread of pests, weeds, and pathogens.
Qualifications:

Because of the projects’ interdisciplinary nature, we are open to applicants from ecology, biology, engineering, applied mathematics, physics, computer science, and related areas. The ideal candidate will have prior programming experience and experience with spatial ecology or network approaches.

All applicants should have a bachelor’s degree (involving a research component), an honours degree, or a master’s and must meet the admissions requirements of the University of Canterbury, including its English language requirements, and successfully obtain a student visa.
Scholarship details:

This 3-year scholarship provides a competitive annual stipend (approx NZD$26,500, tax free), covers full university fees (tuition), and includes up to approximately NZD$5,000 additional support per year towards operating expenses. Ideally, the student will be prepared and able to start prior to July 2016.
How to apply:

To apply, please e-mail Daniel B. Stouffer ([email protected]) with PDFs of your CV, evidence of prior qualifications (e.g., academic transcripts), a one page statement describing your interest in the position and how your qualifications or research experience map onto the proposed research, and the contact details of two academic references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled.

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