Harry Butler Institute PhD Scholarship

Expressions of Interest are being sought from potential PhD students to undertake studies on Aquatic biosecurity surveillance. This could include topics such as the use of eDNA as a marine biosecurity surveillance tool or risk assessment of threats posed by specific groups of organisms associated with biofouling to the waters of Western Australia.

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic student to conduct both lab and field-based research. Scuba diving and boating experience is an advantage, but not a requirement.

As an ocean bound nation Australia relies heavily on maritime transport, with over 95% of our imports and exports carried by sea. The large ocean going vessels that transport these goods represent one of the largest potential vectors of introduced species into Western Australia.

Increasing human population and its associated travel, transport and trade requirements, together with increasing pressure on dwindling biosecurity resources translates into a growing risk for the introduction of new aquatic pests, or for their further dispersal within our borders.

The introduction and spread of new species into Western Australian waters poses a significant threat to our native biodiversity and can have widespread effects on both the State’s economy and its population’s health.

The goal of the proposed PhD project is answer key questions to issues that will result in refinement and strengthening of marine biosecurity surveillance activities.

Funding bodyDepartment of Fisheries
Study levelPhD
ValueTax exempt living allowance of $A27,000 per annum with potential top-up to $28,000, plus research allowance
Duration3 years
RequirementsTo apply for this scholarship you must be:
  • be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident
  • ideally have a 1st Class Hons Degree and demonstrable research experience
To apply1. Complete the application form for domestic or international
2. Fill in the referee report for domestic or international
3. Email completed application to the Graduate Research Office
ContactPlease direct all questions about this scholarship to the Graduate Research Office
Supervision teamProf Simon McKirdy, Adj Prof Justin McDonald, Adj Prof Fred Wells