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Ocean Change Group
Oceans Institute
The University of Western Australia
Western Australia 6009 Australia

Phone: 61 8 XXXX XXXX
Email: info@oceanchange.com.au

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All students will be based at the UWA Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia (Crawley Campus, Perth), where they will work as part of a diverse team of researchers, post-graduate and under-graduate students. Most projects are likely to involve a combination of laboratory and/or field work. Some time spent away on field trips and research visits must be anticipated for most projects.

Available Research Projects

Deep-water coral archives of environmental change

We seek a PhD student with an excellent academic record and relevant qualifications to undertake research on deep-water coral geochemistry. A suite of geochemical proxy applications would be pursued to reconstruct environmental changes occurring over different timescales in intermediate and deep waters within the SE Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean.

UWA has unrivalled analytical capabilities with the combined infrastructure of the Advanced Geochemical Facility for Indian Ocean Research (Clean Room, Q-ICPMS,  HR-ICPMS, x2 MC-ICPMS and laser systems) together with the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (e.g. SIMS, NanoSIMS, tomography, microRaman), which are central to characterising the chemical and microstructural compositions of biological archives.

Potential students will be required to apply for relevant scholarships so will need to meet UWA’s academic requirements for eligibility (see below).

Interested candidates should contact Dr Julie Trotter (julie.trotteruwa.edu.au) and send their complete CV including publications as well as their academic records of BSc, Honours and/or MSc degrees. Statements regarding specific research interests are also encouraged. Those with experience in geochemistry and mass spectrometry are especially sought and will be considered most favourably.

Australian and New Zealand candidates

In the first instance, prospective candidates should send a CV and cover letter, briefly outlining their motivations for pursuing PhD research and their interests, to the appropriate Professor. Candidates then need to apply for and secure funding for their position. There are a number of schemes including:

Please visit the UWA Scholarships web page for more information.

 

International Candidates

In the first instance, prospective candidates should send a CV and cover letter, briefly outlining their motivations for pursuing PhD research and their interests, to the appropriate Professor. Candidates need to full-fill the requirements for admission into the UWA PhD Program and apply for and secure funding for their position. There are a number of schemes including:

Please visit the UWA Scholarships web page for more information.

General Internships

Our research groups regularly seeks inquisitive motivated undergraduates with exceptional aptitude for quantitative science.

Undergraduate students contemplating a career in scientific research and would like to gain experience work in a scientific laboratory are encouraged to contact us to undertake a research internship in marine science. You will have the opportunity to work with our researchers as well as attend seminars at The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre. In general, the internships are unpaid.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in their first, second, or third year of undergraduate status.

For more information and expressions of interest, please send an email with your CV and contact details of two referees to: info@oceanchange.com.au noting the Professor with who you would like to work.

 

Current Internships

Internship in coral and coralline algal physiology in Australia

We are offering an internship studying the effects of climate change on coral and coralline algal physiology. The internship is offered for a minimum of 2 months, though candidates will be preferred who can stay for several months. The preferred start date would be May/June 2017, but this is flexible.

The ideal candidate will have a background in marine biology or related fields, good oral and written English skills, pay high attention to detail and be able to work independently as well as in an international research team. Experience with running mesocosm experiments, statistical data analysis, physiological techniques etc is desirable but not required.

Intern responsibilities:

  • Assist with daily maintenance of mesocosm experiments
  • Assist with and independently conduct physiological analyses to assess climate change impacts on corals and coralline algae
  • Conduct seawater analyses
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Potentially conduct fieldwork I remote locations

We offer:

  • Training in coral and coralline algae culturing techniques
  • Training in a wide range of physiological techniques
  • Training in analysing seawater carbonate chemistry
  • Participation in fieldwork (depending on the time of the year)
  • Training in data analysis and interpretation
  • High-quality international research and mentoring environment

The intern will be trained and supervised by Drs Verena Schoepf, Christopher Cornwall and Steeve Comeau. The internship is unpaid.

For more information and expressions of interest, please send an email with your CV and contact details of two referees to: verena.schoepf@uwa.edu.au

Postdoctoral Opportunities

From time to time we advertise post-doctoral opportunities funded by our research projects. In addition to these project related positions, early career researchers may wish to consider applying for an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA). These competitive awards provide salary and research funds that help to support early career researchers.

If you would like to join our research group and are considering applying to this scheme (or a similar scheme) please contact us in the first instance to see if your research aligns with our group.

 

Visitor Schemes

Our research groups regularly welcome visitors from around the world. If you are a researcher who has interests aligned with our research group and would like to visit, we encourage you to make contact with us.

 

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