Opportunity

Six PhD Scholarships in Marine Ecosystem Science at the University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is looking for six highly motivated individuals to undertake research leading to a PhD.

The PhDs are supported through Phase II of the New Zealand Government funded National Science Challenge – Sustainable Seas. This is a large multi-institutional and trans-disciplinary programme involving researchers from throughout the country that will underpin the transformation of New Zealand marine management to a holistic, ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach. The PhDs are all aligned with Challenge core projects; two within the Tangaroa Program where research is driven by the aspirations and needs of Māori, two within Theme 1: Understanding Degradation & Recovery in Social-ecological Systems and, two within Theme 3 Risk & Uncertainty. The specifics of each PhD project will be developed in conjunction with the successful candidate to best match interests and capabilities.

More information on themes and the specific core research projects that will fund the scholarships can be found here and the linked documents.

As part of the Sustainable Seas programme students will be well supported, both in terms of access to research facilitates and mentoring. Researchers from University of Waikato, University of Auckland, University of Otago and the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) will jointly supervise the research. The supervisory team have a long history of integrative, collaborative coastal research and these scholarships represent an excellent opportunity to be part of a transformational research program.

The scholarship is open to students of any nationality and includes a competitive stipend plus fees for three years. The candidate must meet all entry requirements for the University of Waikato doctoral programme. The scholarships will remain open until filled and the start date is negotiable but it’s expect the successful candidates to have enrolled by December 2020.

For more information and how to apply, click here.

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