Advancing fish-protection screening at Australian water diversions

ILWS -  PhD Scholarship

PhD applicants are being sought to be part of a multi-disciplinary team of CSU and NSW DPI ecologists, engineers, economists and science communicators who are working to develop Australia’s first fish-screening program by evaluating pilot projects in NSW, developing Australian screening design guidelines, building awareness and ensuring screening programs are underpinned by rigorous science.

More information.


Dr Craig Boys
NSW Department of Primary Industries
02 4916 3851

Dr Lee Baumgartner
Charles Sturt University
02 6051 9271

How to apply

Further information on the scholarship can be found on the Environmental Jobs MRM Jobs website.

  • Eligibility

    The opportunity is only open to Australian citizens, Australian residents or those eligible to study in Australia under the commonwealth research training program. The candidate must also be able and willing to travel to South Africa. Please check your availability to apply prior to submitting an application. To be awarded an Institute for Land, Water and Society scholarship for this project, we are also seeking candidates who meet all of the standard conditions, plus the additional criteria:

    - A strong record of publication with international experience outside Australia;

    - A background in ecology or chemistry;

    - Understanding of catadromous and potamodromous fish movements;

    - Experience working in a dynamic interdisciplinary environment;

    - Have experience tracking movements of fish in large freshwater river systems using telemetry equipment and the associated

    analysis of data emanating from this;

    - Experience with freshwater fish sampling equipment

    The candidate will be enrolled in the Institute of Land Water and Society at the Albury-Wodonga Campus of Charles Sturt University under the supervision of Associate Professor Lee Baumgartner. The primary place of employment can be either, by negotiation, at the Narrandera Fisheries Centre or Albury Campus of Charles Sturt University. Fieldwork will be essential at various sites across NSW and South Africa.

  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: This scholarship is valued at $27,596 per annum, payable in fortnightly instalments.

    Tuition Fees: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to three years (six sessions) for PhD/Research Doctorate at full-time study.

    Operating Funds: Scholarship recipients are allocated an allowance per session of enrolment to assist with the reimbursement of costs associated with the candidate's research.

    Relocation Allowance: Scholarship recipients may be eligible to receive a relocation allowance for the cost of relocating themselves, their spouse, and dependants to a CSU campus, to a maximum of AUD $5,000.

  • Scholarship duration

    The scholarship is tenable for three years for Research Doctorate studies subject to satisfactory progress.

    An extension of up to six (6) months may be granted for Research Doctorate candidates, where the candidate is making satisfactory progress and the grounds for the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the candidate.

Application closing date

Thursday 16th May, 2019.