PhD: Developing and testing model-based resilience metrics

Australian National University (ANU)

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

We are seeking a PhD candidate to advance the theoretical and practical foundations of pathway diversity. The expected work will be based largely on developing and analysing resilience metrics in mathematical models of social-ecological systems, however the student will be encouraged to apply the methods developed to qualitative or semi-quantitative empirical case studies. The student will work closely with researchers from across ANU at the Institute for Water Futures as well as a global network of resilience researchers.

The candidate should have strong experience in mathematical modelling, such as dynamical systems modelling, including a demonstrated capability to develop innovative modelling approaches and new computational algorithms; enthusiasm for working with researchers across disciplines; and strong written and oral English skills. A bachelor’s degree with first-class honours or a research Master’s degree from a recognised university is a prerequisite. Peer-reviewed publications and previous knowledge of social-ecological systems or resilience theory will be viewed favourably. Due to international travel restrictions, this opportunity is only available to domestic students (citizens or permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand).

The successful candidate will be invited to apply for a PhD stipend scholarship at The Australian National University (2021 rate: AUD$28,597/year, tax free, for 3 years). The project will fund an additional top-up scholarship of $7000/year for 3 years.

Interested individuals are invited to discuss the project with Dr Steven Lade ([email protected]) and must submit a CV and a one page statement of possible research directions to him by 1 October 2021.

The closing date for domestic applications for a PhD stipend scholarship at The Australian National University is 31 October 2021. The student will be expected to start their PhD in early 2022. Queries regarding scholarship matters can be directed to [email protected]