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If you are interested in crop pollination and biodiversity in agricultural landscapes and have an idea for a research project, please contact Dr Romina Rader: rrader-at-une.edu.au.

Using honeybees as sentinel insects to assess resource availability for regent honeyeaters

PhD / hons/ masters Scholarship Opportunities:

The School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England (UNE) is offering a unique and exciting opportunity for a motivated, independent and adventurous PhD candidate to work on better understanding nectar availability in key Eucalypt species to ensure the survival of regent honeyeaters in the wild.  The applicant will be part of a multidisciplinary team of key stakeholders and collaborators including the University of New England, the Office of Environment and Heritage, Local Land Services, Birdlife Australia, and the Australian beekeeping industry (https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/savingourspeciesapp/project.aspx?ProfileID=10841)

Candidates will adapt existing methods and develop new methods to gauge the frequency, duration, amount and location of nectar flows from a range of Eucalypts and other plant species utilized by regent honeyeaters.  The successful candidate will be required to undertake field and laboratory work across a range of protected and private lands in the south-eastern parts of Australia.

We are seeking applicants with an interest and/or background in any of the following: pollination ecology, ornithology, entomology, plant-animal interactions, molecular ecology, pollinator behaviour and/or habitat restoration. The 3-year PhD project will be based at UNE, in Armidale, NSW Australia. Ideally, candidates will have an interest and experience working with and managing honeybees, nectarivorous birds, and/or sampling nectar from plants.  Experience with methods to identify pollen is desirable, but not essential.

The responsibilities of the student will include: experimental design and development of field surveys to observe pollinator visiting flowers and working with beekeepers to assess nectar and pollen identity within honeybee hives. The successful candidate is also expected to undertake analytical and statistical work and to disseminate research results to a diverse range of stakeholders and the broader scientific community. An interest in working alongside industry partners, a willingness to work in remote areas and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team are important qualities. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English and have a current driver’s licence. Selection of applicants will be based on merit. The candidates supervisory team will include staff from UNE, OEH and/or Birdlife Australia.

The PhD scholarship is open to domestic and international candidates, provides a tax-free stipend of $27,082 per year for three years and operating costs up to 3K per year. Masters and hons projects include project operating costs but do not attract a stipend. 

When to apply: Scholarship applications for candidates are due by 15 Aug 2019, or until filled.

To apply or enquire: Please send an email to Romina Rader rrader-at-une.edu.au, Rose Andrew randre20-at-une.edu.au and Manu Saunders manu.saunders-at-une.edu.au  with a statement of your background, experience and interest in the project, your Curriculum Vitae and any publications.



Guidelines and application forms can be found at:  http://www.une.edu.au/research/ethics-and-grants/funding-opportunities/une-postdoctoral-fellowships

 Nominations close at 4:30pm (AEST) Friday 20th July 2019.