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Interested in joining us? Have a look at the RRAP job vacancies and opportunities for PhD students available below.

We are seeking excellent postgraduate candidates for either MPhil or PhD projects that will undertake vulnerability and risk mapping of the Great Barrier to coral rubble generation. The candidates will be co-supervised by Associate Professor Scott Bryan and Dr Andrew Fletcher at Queensland University of Technology.

 

The Great Barrier Reef is vulnerable to damage by a range of natural and anthropogenic causes that can generate large and sustained volumes of coral rubble that hinder coral and reef recovery. At present it remains unknown which reefs on the Great Barrier Reef are likely to get, or currently have, significant and damaging coral rubble loads; 2) how frequently does coral rubble generation occur, or if it is a recurring problem; 3) what the timescales or recovery periods are between coral rubble-generating events, which is crucial for the success of intervention methods following a rubble-forming event; and 4) how vulnerability to coral rubble generation may vary both along and across the Great Barrier Reef. The MPhil/PhD project(s) will focus on key areas in the Great Barrier Reef and integrate several different datasets on drivers of rubble generation (e.g., cyclones tsunamis, Crown of Thorns Starfish invasions, bleaching events) to develop vulnerability maps at individual reef to local reef group scales.

 

The Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP; www.gbrrestoration.org) is underway on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and is designed as a large-scale collaborative research and development program to develop, test and assess innovative interventions to enhance reef resilience and sustain ecological functions and values. Rubble Stabilisation, a subprogram of RRAP, and is a reef-based R&D project that aims to investigate methods to stabilize damaged reef surfaces where dead or degraded corals have become loose and unconsolidated rubble, preventing or slowing reef recovery. As a first step then, it is important to be able to identify coral reefs that can benefit most from restoration strategies: those most vulnerable to rubble formation, and those where prevailing wave regimes can make mobile rubble persist and hinder recovery.

Two MPhil scholarships and projects, or 1 PhD scholarship and project are available.

 

Expertise and experience are required from candidates in the following:

  • Any of the fields of oceanography, marine science, marine geology, and natural hazards
  • GIS

Experience in the following are highly desired:

  • Coding in Python and R
  • Prior experience with the Great Barrier Reef or other coral reef systems.

The successful applicant(s) for MPhil study will receive a living allowance for up to 2 years of $20,000/yr. The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs. International students will also be considered for a tuition fee sponsorship. Scholarship conditions will be governed by QUT Postgraduate Research Award rules.

The successful applicant for PhD study will receive a living allowance for three years of $35,000/yr. The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs. A six-month extension to the scholarship is available. International students will be considered for a tuition fee sponsorship. Scholarship conditions will be governed by QUT Postgraduate Research Award rules.

 

To be considered for other PhD or MSc opportunities with the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program, also submit an enquiry form at https://gbrrestoration.org/contact/ indicating PhD or MSc and your interest area, and use the Subject title: Application for <opportunity name> <code>. 

 

How to Apply:

 

Please follow the steps outlined at: https://www.qut.edu.au/research/study-with-us/how-to-apply

 

Please submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) by 20 NOVEMBER 2020.

 

As part of the EOI process, applicants must provide their full Curriculum Vitae, full academic transcripts, and where relevant, English language results, and proof of citizenship.

 

Primary contact: Scott Bryan scott.bryan@qut.edu.au

 

Secondary contact: Andrew Fletcher a20fletcher@qut.edu.au