PhD: Model-based resilience metrics in integrated catchment models

Australian National University (ANU)

Canberra ACT, Australia 🇦🇺

We are seeking a PhD candidate to develop and test the use of resilience metrics such as pathway diversity to analyse and design policy using integrated catchment models and other computationally intensive models. The expected work will be based largely on the development and analysis of integrated environmental models for resilience research, however the student will be encouraged to engage with appropriate stakeholders throughout their candidature. 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 computational modelling, preferably within ecological, hydrological, social-ecological or economic modelling; 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, previous knowledge of social-ecological systems or resilience theory and demonstrated experience in software engineering will also be viewed favourably.

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. For an exceptional candidate whose PhD stipend application is unsuccessful, the project may instead fund their full PhD stipend.

Interested individuals are invited to discuss the project with Dr Steven Lade or Dr Takuya Iwanaga ([email protected][email protected]) and are encouraged to submit a CV and a one-page statement of possible research directions to them by 1 October 2021. Applications submitted after this date will also be considered until the application is filled.

The closing date for domestic and international applications for a PhD stipend scholarship at The Australian National University (2022 Round 2) is 15 April 2022.  The preferred start date for this student is July 2022. However, applications from exceptional domestic students who wish to apply for a scholarship in 2022 Round 1 2022 (deadline 31 October) for commencement in early 2022 will also be considered. Queries regarding scholarship matters can be directed to [email protected].