PhD opportunity: Improving Stream Management Using DNA Barcodes and Ecological Modelling via NRMJobs

University of Melbourne

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

  • Are you interested in PhD research with the potential to discover new species?
  • Do you want to help strategically protect biodiversity and monitor the health of Melbourne’s waterways?
  • Do you want to gain skills in fieldwork, molecular methods, spatial and ecological modelling and industry-focused research engagement and translation?

Improving stream management using DNA barcodes and ecological modelling’ is an exciting, University of Melbourne-Melbourne Water collaborative ARC Linkage project with direct management impact.

We seek a Phd candidate to join our multidisciplinary team to work on bringing together DNA barcoding and metabarcoding of freshwater macroinvertebrates with spatially explicit modelling.

The project will provide macroinvertebrate species data, methods and tools for Melbourne Water to better understand and monitor freshwater biodiversity patterns across Melbourne and improve capacity to plan, prioritise and evaluate management actions for improved stream health (extended project description below).

The Phd project will involve a program of fieldwork, molecular methods (e.g. DNA barcoding, metabarcoding and DNA-based bioinformatic analyses) and spatial and ecological modelling (e.g. GIS, species distribution modelling, scenario analyses, spatial conservation prioritisation).

About Us

The project team consists of A/Prof Chris Walsh, Prof Ary Hoffmann, Dr Yung En Chee, Dr Rhys Coleman, Dr Melissa Carew and Genevieve Hehir.

The successful candidate will work across the Waterway Ecosystem Research Group (WERG) and the Pest and Environmental Adaptation Research Group (PEARG) at The University of Melbourne.

WERG specialises in understanding interactions of urban and rural landscapes and freshwater ecosystems and develops knowledge and tools to improve land, waterway and biodiversity management. And PEARG specialises in the use of genetic approaches to understand species diversity, adaptation, evolution, behavior and population structure.

The project will also involve close collaboration with Melbourne Water, supported by the award-winning Melbourne Waterway Research-Practice Partnership.

Top-up available

A generous scholarship top-up is available for the successful candidate (Range: $7,000-$10,000 per annum for three years, depending on the scholarship type of the successful candidate)

How to apply:

See below for a detailed project description (or click here)

How to apply

  1. Contact Dr Yung En Chee ([email protected]) to discuss your eligibility and interests.
  2. Send us (i) a one-page expression of interest outlining your academic background, training, research interests and alignment with the project, (ii) academic transcript and (iii) CV, including contacts for at least two referees.

Note: Due to current international travel restrictions this scholarship top-up opportunity is preferentially available for Australian domestic students or international students already in Australia or New Zealand.

Please apply by 14 Oct 2021 at the very latest. (Earlier is better for all concerned!)


Position Description – Barcoding Linkage PhD.pdf

Date published: 02-Aug-2021

Closing date: 14-Oct-2021 (earlier preferred)


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