Research Scholarships

Scholarships offered through the Graduate School at Southern Cross University are underpinned by three key factors.

Graduate School scholarships form part of Southern Cross University’s overall suite of scholarships  – including many postgraduate scholarships  – offered thanks to our generous private donors, government and industry groups, other stakeholders, and the University itself.


Australian Government Research Training Program

Each year, the Australian Government Research Training Program provides scholarship funding to universities to support domestic and international Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates.

Australian Government Research Training Program Domestic and International Stipend Scholarships - are now closed.

Under the administration of the Graduate School, Southern Cross University offers Higher Degrees by Research candidates the opportunity to apply for scholarships under the Australian Government Research Training Program.

Each year, these domestic and international stipend scholarships provide a living allowance for HDR students recognised for their academic merit, research experience and/or research potential.

Scholarships available

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Domestic Stipend Scholarships

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Stipend Scholarship provides a living allowance of AU$28,597 per annum, (2021 rate indexed annually) tax-free, paid in fortnightly instalments.

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) International Tuition Fee Offset and Stipend Scholarships

The Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) International Fee Offset and Stipend Scholarships are available to international applicants only. This provides a living allowance of AU$28,597 per annum (2021 rate indexed annually) and a Tuition Fee Offset. Students must be enrolled as full-time, on-campus for the duration of their candidature.

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Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)

Through the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and administered by the Graduate School, Southern Cross University oversees a number of other postgraduate scholarship options. All Scholarships applications need to be assessed and approved by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and the Dean, Graduate Studies. For an overview of industry schemes/main funding sources from which our industry partners can leverage, please see Overview of Industry Schemes.  Please see available scholarships below. Or for more information email hdrscholarships@scu.edu.au

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Background

Southern Cross University and Rise Coffs Harbour are offering a fully-funded PhD scholarship in youth football. We are seeking a dedicated, passionate, and highly motivated individual who has the skills to bridge the gap between research and practice. The PhD will challenge the current football landscape through shifting the focus from short-term performance outcomes to long-term development, with a specific emphasis on promoting positive mental health outcomes and life skills. The project will focus on RISE Coffs Harbour, which is an emerging community academy that offers scholarships to all their players to cover the costs of participation, which opposes the current pay to play model in youth football. Importantly, their approach allows players from diverse and often disadvantaged socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds to contest selection and receive access to high-quality coaching and support services. We expect that the successful applicant will shape the research project in line with the expertise of the supervisory team and the interests of RISE Coffs Harbour.

Applicants are welcome to contact Dr Kyle Bennett (Kyle.Bennett@scu.edu.au) for an informal discussion about the opportunity.

Eligibility

The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens only. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis. The applicant will require an Honours or Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Science or Psychology with a focus on talent identification and development, long-term athletic development, youth athletes, skill acquisition, sports coaching, or sports psychology to be eligible. It is essential that the applicant is culturally competent and can demonstrate community connectedness. It is also desirable that the applicant has knowledge of youth football in Australia and has some experience working in an academy setting either as a coach, sporting professional, or intern.

Location

The successful applicant will complete their PhD at the Coffs Harbour campus of Southern Cross University. We expect they will also attend RISE Coffs Harbour training sessions as part of their service to the academy program.

How to apply

Please send the following documents in one PDF file to healthhdr@scu.edu.au:

  • Cover letter detailing your interests and suitability for the scholarship (1 page)
  • Curriculum vitae (2 pages)
  • Degree transcript and certificate
  • Relevant research items (e.g. publications/theses)

Please quote RISE Coffs Harbour PhD Scholarship in the subject line of the email.

We will notify you of your expression of interest outcome by email after the closing date. We will contact you if we shortlist you to invite you to attend an interview over Zoom with two members of the supervisory team and one representative from RISE Coffs Harbour.

The successful candidate will receive a PhD stipend for a 3-year duration at the Australian Research Training Program rate (2020 = 28,092 per year), which is indexed annually.

Closing date: 14 December 2020.

Interviews: January 2021 (We will confirm dates with you if you are shortlisted).

PhD on goal-setting for physical activity promotion: what works best for insufficiently active individuals?

School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour, Australia

Primary Supervisor: Dr Christian Swann

Background: Southern Cross University, in collaboration with Prof Corneel Vandelanotte at Central Queensland University, is offering a fully funded PhD scholarship in goal-setting for physical activity promotion. We are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated individual to lead a program of research on this topic and develop research collaborations between both organisations.

This scholarship represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct a program of research on goal-setting for physical activity promotion, building on recent publications including:

Updating Goal Setting Theory in Physical Activity Promotion: a critical conceptual review

Do we need to reconsider best practice in goal setting for physical activity promotion

Specifically, this PhD will compare multiple approaches to goal-setting within the delivery of step-count based physical activity programs in insufficiently active adults. The PhD will focus on identifying the most effective goal type(s) to assist these individuals in becoming more active using a web-based program and/or wearables. Ultimately, this work intends to provide guidance on how best to set goals for physical activity promotion, in terms of increasing step count and optimising psychological factors such as enjoyment and motivation.

Applicants are welcome to contact Dr Christian Swann (christian.swann@scu.edu.au) for an informal discussion about this opportunity.

Eligibility: This scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis, including a second-class Honours or above in Psychology or Sport and Exercise Science.

Although not essential, the following are desirable: (1) background in exercise science and/or physical activity promotion; (2) interest in the psychology of goal-setting and motivation; (3) interest in technology-based interventions and wearable fitness devices; and (4) excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Location: The successful applicant will be based in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.

How to apply:  Please send your CV (2 pages max), a cover letter explaining your interest in and suitability for this scholarship (1 page), degree transcripts/certificates, details of two referees, and any other relevant research documents (e.g., publications/theses) in one PDF file via email to: christian.swann@scu.edu.au Please quote the PhD title in the subject line of the email.

  1. Outcome of expression of interest: You will be notified of the outcome of your expression of interest by email after the closing date.
  2. Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation. Interviews will take place online via Zoom.

The successful candidate will receive a PhD stipend for a 3 year duration at the Australian Research Training Program rate (the 2021 rate is $28,597 per year, indexed annually).

Closing Date: 6th December, 2020

Interviews: December, 2020 (TBA)

Southern Cross University is offering a PhD scholarship to study the geochemical behaviour of antimony in environmental systems.

These PhD positions will be based within the Environmental Geochemistry & Mineralogy group of Prof Ed Burton (Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy Group (EGM)). This group forms part of the vibrant Southern Cross GeoScience research centre, based at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus in eastern Australia. Further details on the benefits of living and working in this beautiful part of the world can be found at Southern Cross GeoScience - Future students.

Background: Antimony is a critical mineral resource which plays a rapidly growing role in our daily lives, yet it is also an environmental pollutant of increasing global concern. This project aims to advance our understanding on antimony’s environmental geochemistry by carefully unravelling interactions with the iron cycle in soils and related geo-environmental systems. This will build on recent world-class research described in: 

Antimony and arsenic speciation, redox-cycling and contrasting mobility in a mining-impacted river system;

Antimony Sorption to Goethite: Effects of Fe(II)-Catalyzed Recrystallization;

Antimony mobility in sulfidic systems: Coupling with sulfide-induced iron oxide transformations;

Reductive transformation of birnessite and the mobility of co-associated antimony;

Seasonal Temperature Oscillations Drive Contrasting Arsenic and Antimony Mobilization in a Mining‐Impacted River System; and

Antimony mobility in reducing environments: The effect of microbial iron(III)-reduction and associated secondary mineralization.

Activities: This scholarship and associated funding represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct a program of research at the interface of environmental geochemistry and soil/water science.  As part of a larger team, the successful candidate will contribute to the development of novel approaches to investigate the environmental behaviour of antimony in contaminated soil, sediment and aquatic systems. You will conduct laboratory experiments and field studies on how mineral-microbe interactions influence antimony behaviour, using state-of-the-art experimental and analytical techniques including stable isotope tracers, synchrotron spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and others. You will also have the opportunity to travel the world in order to work with our collaborators in Europe, Asia and North America, and to present your discoveries at international scientific conferences.

Outcomes: At Southern Cross University, we are committed to provide our students with expert knowledge and practical experiences that equip them for their future roles as leaders in their discipline and community. Our PhD projects are embedded in cutting-edge research that answers unsolved questions and applies knowledge in new, creative and practical ways. The specific outcomes from this PhD will have direct implications for rehabilitation of antimony-contaminated landscapes, safe disposal of hazardous antimony-bearing wastes and sustainable exploitation of valuable antimony reserves. More broadly, this project will expand our understanding of the effects of environmental change on metal-mineral interactions in soil systems, and will allow better management of chemicals in the environment.

What is required: The ideal candidate is highly motivated for scientific research in environmental geochemistry and soil/water science with a special interest in water quality, soil contamination and environmental sustainability. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis, including a second-class Honours degree (or above) or a MSc degree (or equivalent) in environmental sciences, soil sciences, geo-ecology, geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related natural science discipline. Good knowledge of spoken and written English as well as excellent communication and team skills are expected. This PhD position is open to international applicants from all counties, in addition to Australian and New Zealand citizens.

What is being offered: Successful candidates will be offered a PhD stipend (for a 3 year duration at the Australian Research Training Program rate; the 2021 rate is $28,597 per year, indexed annually), plus a tuition fee-waiver and an additional stipend to cover research costs.

International candidates are eligible to apply, however, if successful the successful candidate will need to fund their own travel to Australia to commence studies, application fees for any required visa and overseas health cover insurance expenses.

How to apply: Applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest, which must include a CV, copies of previous research outputs and a cover letter outlining a summary of your research experience, your reasons for wanting to do a PhD and information on how your skills will be relevant to the project (email to ed.burton@scu.edu.au). This project aims to officially start in the first quarter of 2021, but there is some flexibility with the exact starting date (upon mutual agreement). Applications will remain open until filled in 2021.

Applicants are welcome to contact Prof Ed Burton (ed.burton@scu.edu.au) for an informal discussion and any further information about this opportunity.

Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation. Interviews will take place online via Zoom.

Southern Cross University is offering a PhD scholarship to study the geochemical behaviour of arsenic in acidic and sulfate-rich environmental systems.

This PhD position will be based within the Environmental Geochemistry & Mineralogy group of Prof Ed Burton (Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy Group (EGM)). This group forms part of the vibrant Southern Cross GeoScience research centre, based at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus in eastern Australia. Further details on the benefits of living and working in this beautiful part of the world can be found at Southern Cross GeoScience - Future students.

Background: Arsenic is a commonly encountered environmental contaminant. It is particularly problematic in acidic, sulfate-rich soil/water systems that form as a result of iron sulfide oxidation in, for example, drained wetlands and mining waste. This project aims to advance our understanding on arsenic’s environmental geochemistry by carefully unravelling interactions with the distinct iron minerals that form in acidic, sulfate-rich environments (such as acid mine drainage and acid sulfate soils). This will build on our world-class research described, for example, in:

Iron and sulfur cycling in acid sulfate soil wetlands under dynamic redox conditions: A review;

Antimony and arsenic speciation, redox-cycling and contrasting mobility in a mining-impacted river system;

Antimony and arsenic partitioning during Fe2+-induced transformation of jarosite under acidic conditions; and

Sulfate Availability Drives Divergent Evolution of Arsenic Speciation during Microbially Mediated Reductive Transformation of Schwertmannite.

Activities: This scholarship and associated funding represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct a program of research at the interface of environmental geochemistry and soil/water science.  As part of a larger team, the successful candidate will contribute to the development of novel approaches to investigate the environmental behaviour of arsenic in soil, sediment and aquatic systems. You will conduct laboratory experiments and field studies on how mineral-microbe interactions influence arsenic behaviour, using state-of-the-art experimental and analytical techniques including stable isotope tracers, synchrotron spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and others. You will also have the opportunity to travel the world in order to work with our collaborators in Europe, Asia and North America, and to present your discoveries at international scientific conferences.

Outcomes: At Southern Cross University, we are committed to provide our students with expert knowledge and practical experiences that equip them for their future roles as leaders in their discipline and community. Our PhD projects are embedded in cutting-edge research that answers unsolved questions and applies knowledge in new, creative and practical ways. The specific outcomes from this PhD project will have direct implications for rehabilitation of arsenic-contaminated landscapes and sustainable management of arsenic in the mining industry. More broadly, this project will expand our understanding of the effects of environmental change on metal-mineral interactions in soil systems, and will allow better management of chemicals in the environment.

What is required: The ideal candidate is highly motivated for scientific research in environmental geochemistry and soil/water science with a special interest in water quality, soil contamination and environmental sustainability. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis, including a second-class Honours degree (or above) or a MSc degree (or equivalent) in environmental sciences, soil sciences, geo-ecology, geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related natural science discipline. Good knowledge of spoken and written English as well as excellent communication and team skills are expected. This PhD position is open to international applicants from all counties, in addition to Australian and New Zealand citizens.

What is being offered: Successful candidates will be offered a PhD stipend (for a 3-year duration at the Australian Research Training Program rate; the 2021 rate is $28,597 per year, indexed annually), plus a tuition fee-waiver and an additional stipend to cover research costs.

International candidates are eligible to apply, however, if successful the successful candidate will need to fund their own travel to Australia to commence studies, application fees for any required visa and overseas health cover insurance expenses.

How to apply: Applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest, which must include a CV, copies of previous research outputs and a cover letter outlining a summary of your research experience, your reasons for wanting to do a PhD and information on how your skills will be relevant to the project (email to ed.burton@scu.edu.au). This project aims to officially start in the first quarter of 2021, but there is some flexibility with the exact starting date (upon mutual agreement). Applications will remain open until filled in 2021.

Applicants are welcome to contact Prof Ed Burton (ed.burton@scu.edu.au) for an informal discussion and any further information about this opportunity.

Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation. Interviews will take place online via Zoom.

Southern Cross University is offering a PhD scholarship to study the environmental geochemistry of hexavalent chromium in soil systems.

These PhD positions will be based within the Environmental Geochemistry & Mineralogy group of Prof Ed Burton (Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy Group (EGM)). This group forms part of the vibrant Southern Cross GeoScience research centre, based at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus in eastern Australia. Further details on the benefits of living and working in this beautiful part of the world can be found at Southern Cross GeoScience - Future Students.

Background: Bushfires are a global phenomenon which are predicted to become more frequent and severe in the future due to climate change. Recent research indicates that heating of natural (unpolluted) surface soil during bushfires can drive the formation of hexavalent chromium, a hazardous cancer-causing toxin. This project will examine the processes and factors which govern the extent of hexavalent chromium formation and its associated fate in Australia's diverse fire-prone landscapes. This will build on recent research described in:

A new pathway for hexavalent chromium formation in soil: Fire-induced alteration of iron oxides and

Chromium(VI) formation via heating of Cr(III)-Fe(III)-(oxy)hydroxides: A pathway for fire-induced soil pollution.

Activities: This scholarship and associated funding represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct a program of research at the interface of environmental geochemistry and soil/water science.  As part of a larger team, the successful candidate will contribute to the development of novel approaches to investigate the environmental behaviour of chromium in soil and associated aquatic systems. You will conduct laboratory experiments and field studies on how fires affect soil properties and influence chromium behaviour, using state-of-the-art experimental and analytical techniques including stable isotope tracers, synchrotron spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and others. You will also have the opportunity to travel the world in order to work with our collaborators in Europe, Asia and North America, and to present your discoveries at international scientific conferences.

Outcomes: At Southern Cross University, we are committed to provide our students with expert knowledge and practical experiences that equip them for their future roles as leaders in their discipline and community. Our PhD projects are embedded in cutting-edge research that answers unsolved questions and applies knowledge in new, creative and practical ways. The specific outcomes from this project will have direct implications for assessing and managing the behaviour of hexavalent chromium in environmental systems. More broadly, this project will expand our understanding of the effects of environmental change on metal-mineral interactions in soil systems, and will allow better management of chemicals in the environment.

What is required: The ideal candidate is highly motivated for scientific research in environmental geochemistry and soil/water science with a special interest in water quality, soil contamination and environmental sustainability. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis, including a second-class Honours degree (or above) or a MSc degree (or equivalent) in environmental sciences, soil sciences, geo-ecology, geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related natural science discipline. Good knowledge of spoken and written English as well as excellent communication and team skills are expected. This PhD position is open to international applicants from all counties, in addition to Australian and New Zealand citizens.

What is being offered: Successful candidates will be offered a PhD stipend (for a 3 year duration at the Australian Research Training Program rate; the 2021 rate is $28,597 per year, indexed annually), plus a tuition fee-waiver and an additional funding to cover research costs.

International candidates are eligible to apply, however, if successful the successful candidate will need to fund their own travel to Australia to commence studies, application fees for any required visa and overseas health cover insurance expenses.

How to apply: Applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest, which must include a CV, copies of previous research outputs and a cover letter outlining a summary of your research experience, your reasons for wanting to do a PhD and information on how your skills will be relevant to the project (email to ed.burton@scu.edu.au). This project aims to officially start in the first quarter of 2021, but there is some flexibility with the exact starting date (upon mutual agreement). Applications will remain open until filled in 2021.

Applicants are welcome to contact Prof Ed Burton (ed.burton@scu.edu.au) for an informal discussion and any further information about this opportunity.

Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation. Interviews will take place online via Zoom.

Southern Cross University is offering fully-funded PhD scholarships to study the geochemical co-behaviour of the toxic metalloids, arsenic and antimony in mining-impacted environmental systems.

This PhD position will be based within the Environmental Geochemistry & Mineralogy group of Prof Ed Burton (Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy Group (EGM)). This group forms part of the vibrant Southern Cross GeoScience research centre, based at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus in eastern Australia. Further details on the benefits of living and working in this beautiful part of the world can be found at Southern Cross Geoscience - Future students.

Background: Arsenic and antimony commonly occur as co-existing environmental contaminants in mining-impacts systems. This project aims to advance our understanding on co-interactions between the environmental geochemistry and mineralogy of arsenic and antimony. This will be achieved by carefully examining arsenic and antimony uptake and retention by selected environmentally-relevant minerals (including biogenic minerals) in laboratory experiments and in the field, with focussed consideration of arsenic and antimony behaviour during mineral transformation processes. This will build on our world-class research described, for example, in:  

Sorption of Arsenic (V) and Arsenic (III) to Schwertmannite,

Antimony and Arsenic Behavior during Fe(II)-Induced Transformation of Jarosite,

Antimony and arsenic speciation, redox-cycyling and contrasting mobility in a mining-impacted river system

Activities: This scholarship and associated funding represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct a program of research at the interface of environmental geochemistry and soil/water science.  As part of a larger team, the successful candidate will contribute to the development of novel approaches to investigate the environmental co-behaviour of arsenic and antimony in soil, sediment and aquatic systems. You will conduct laboratory experiments and field studies on how mineral-microbe interactions influence arsenic and antimony co-behaviour, using state-of-the-art experimental and analytical techniques including stable isotope tracers, synchrotron spectroscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and others. You will also have the opportunity to travel the world in order to work with our collaborators in Europe, Asia and North America, and to present your discoveries at international scientific conferences.

Outcomes: At Southern Cross University, we are committed to provide our students with expert knowledge and practical experiences that equip them for their future roles as leaders in their discipline and community. Our PhD projects are embedded in cutting-edge research that answers unsolved questions and applies knowledge in new, creative and practical ways. The specific outcomes from this PhD project will have direct implications for rehabilitation of arsenic-contaminated landscapes and sustainable management of arsenic in the mining industry. More broadly, this project will expand our understanding of the effects of environmental change on metal-mineral interactions in environmental systems, and will allow greater environmental sustainability of mining activities.

What is required: The ideal candidate is highly motivated for scientific research in environmental geochemistry and soil/water science with a special interest in water quality, soil contamination and environmental sustainability. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis, including a second-class Honours degree (or above) or a MSc degree (or equivalent) in environmental sciences, soil sciences, geo-ecology, geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related natural science discipline. Good knowledge of spoken and written English as well as excellent communication and team skills are expected. This PhD position is open to international applicants from all counties, in addition to Australian and New Zealand citizens.

What is being offered: Successful candidates will be offered a PhD stipend (for a 3 year duration at the Australian Research Training Program rate; the 2021 rate is $28,597 per year, indexed annually), plus a tuition fee-waiver and an additional stipend to cover research costs.

How to apply: Applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest, which must include a CV, copies of previous research outputs and a cover letter outlining a summary of your research experience, your reasons for wanting to do a PhD and information on how your skills will be relevant to the project (email to ed.burton@scu.edu.au). This project aims to officially start in the first quarter of 2021, but there is some flexibility with the exact starting date (upon mutual agreement). Applications will remain open until filled in 2021.

Applicants are welcome to contact Prof Ed Burton (ed.burton@scu.edu.au) for an informal discussion and any further information about this opportunity.

Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation. Interviews will take place online via Zoom.

Southern Cross University is offering a PhD scholarship to study the role and contribution of wetland trees in mediating methane emissions to the atmosphere.

This PhD position will be based within the vibrant Southern Cross GeoScience research centre, based at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus in eastern Australia. Further details on the benefits of living and working in this beautiful part of the world can be found at Southern Cross GeoScience - Future students.

Background

Wetlands are among earth's most efficient ecosystems for carbon sequestration, yet this can be offset by emission of methane - a potent greenhouse gas. Recent research indicates that wetland trees can be an important pathway for methane emissions. Many aspects of this pathway and its underlying processes are largely unquantified and remain relatively unknown. This rapidly evolving topic has considerable scope for new scientific discoveries and this position will build on our recent world-class research described in:

Are methane emissions from mangrove stems a cryptic carbon loss pathway? Insights from a catastrophic forest mortality

A Small Nimble In situ Fine-scale Flux method for measuring tree stem greenhouse gas emissions and processes

Methane emissions from Melaleuca quinqueneriva tree stems regulated by local and seasonal hydrology in a subtropical forested-wetland

Activities: This scholarship and associated funding represents an opportunity to complete a PhD and conduct a program of research in environmental geochemistry at the interface of wetland soil/water/plant science. As part of a larger team, the successful candidate will contribute to directly measuring methane emissions from freshwater wetland trees species in Australian wetlands and will employ cutting-edge techniques, including portable greenhouse gas analysers and use of isotopic signatures. Investigations will include exploring the spatial, temporal and seasonal CH4 dynamics of tree-stems with a view to furthering our understanding of key processes, drivers and their overall significance in methane budgets.

The successful candidate would be part of a vibrant research group focusing on carbon cycling in wetland systems and will also have the opportunity to work with our international collaborators and to present your discoveries at international scientific conferences.

Outcomes: At Southern Cross University, we are committed to provide our students with expert knowledge and practical experiences that equip them for their future roles as leaders in their discipline and community. Our PhD projects are embedded in cutting-edge research that answers unsolved questions and applies knowledge in new, creative and practical ways. The specific outcomes from this PhD will have direct implications for scientific understanding of the role and contribution of trees in the global methane budget.

What is required: The ideal candidate is highly motivated for scientific research in environmental geochemistry with a special interest in CH4, wetlands and carbon cycling. The successful applicant will need to meet the entry requirements to enrol in a PhD at Southern Cross University on a full-time basis, including a second-class Honours degree (or above) or a MSc degree (or equivalent) in environmental sciences, soil / aquatic sciences, geo-ecology, geochemistry, chemistry, chemical engineering or a related natural science discipline. Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English as well as excellent communication and team skills are expected. This PhD position is open to international applicants from all counties, in addition to Australian and New Zealand citizens.

What is being offered: Successful candidates will be offered a PhD stipend (for a 3 year duration at the Australian Research Training Program rate; the 2021 rate is $28,597 per year, indexed annually), plus a tuition fee-waiver and an additional stipend to cover research costs.

International candidates are eligible to apply, however, if successful the successful candidate will need to fund their own travel to Australia to commence studies, application fees for any required visa and overseas health cover insurance expenses.

How to apply: Applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest, which must include a CV, copies of previous research outputs and a cover letter outlining a summary of your research experience, your reasons for wanting to do a PhD and information on how your skills will be relevant to the project (email to scott.johnston@scu.edu.au and damien.maher@scu.edu.au). This project aims to officially start in the first quarter of 2021, but there is some flexibility with the exact starting date (upon mutual agreement). Applications will remain open until filled in 2021.

Applicants are welcome to contact Prof Scott (scott.johnston@scu.edu.au) and Prof Damien Maher (damien.maher@scu.edu.au) for an informal discussion and any further information about this opportunity.

Invitation to attend an interview: If your expression of interest is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview. Further details about the interview will be provided in the invitation. Interviews will take place online via Zoom.

 

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New Project Scholarships (1)

A three-year PhD scholarship stipend at the current Australian Government Research Training Program base rate of AU$28,597 per annum, indexed annually. This is for successful projects where the external funding amount to Southern Cross University (net) is a minimum of $150K total within three years.

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New Project Scholarships (2)

Co-funded 50 per cent of a postgraduate scholarship stipend (two years for Masters or three years for PhD) at the current Australian Government Research Training Program base rate of AU$28,597 per annum, indexed annually). This scholarship applies where an external funding body on a Category 2 or Category 3 project co-funds 50 per cent of the total scholarship stipend.

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Linkage Scholarships

3-year PhD scholarship stipend at the current Australian Government Research Training Program base rate of AU$28,597 per annum in 2021 - indexed annually). This is for a successful contracted ARC Linkage project (LP19) round project in which Southern Cross University is the lead.


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