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Deepwater pelagic ecology revealed through acoustic and optical sensing

A top-up for a PhD scholarship is available to investigate the use of the latest acoustic technologies (multi-frequency, broadband and multibeam) coupled with optical sensors to investigate the worlds’ largest and poorly known deepwater pelagic ecosystems. The successful candidate will investigate the ability of the acoustic and optical methodology to resolve acoustic dominant scattering groups (crustaceans, squids, fishes, gelatinous organisms) and their abundance. To do this will require the development and analysis of co-location stereo optical imagery with multi-frequency spectra of imaged biota. Application of acoustic scattering models to support the species specific resolution of fluid filled, shell and gas-bladdered organisms will be required. An opportunity for participation on the new research vessel RV Investigator to collect new acoustic, optical and net samples is envisaged. The successful candidate should have a strong maths/physics/engineering background and a keen interest in biological systems.

The top-up is available for Australian Postgraduate Award or Divisional (PhD) scholarships of $15,000 per annum (for 3 years), with $10,000 to augment the Ph.D. scholarship and $5,000 for operating.

The PhD candidate will be based at CSIRO, Wealth from Oceans Flagship, Hobart and supervised by researchers at CSIRO and the University of Tasmania. The successful applicant will enrol in a PhD program at the University of Tasmania and work as part of the multi-institution team, participating in field and laboratory research programs on productivity and food web dynamics.

The successful applicant will be required to enter into a formal agreement setting out the specific terms and conditions governing their participation in the GAB Research Program.  For more details on these terms and conditions please contact Dr Steven Lapidge, Research Director Great Australian Bight Research Program, SARDI: steven.lapidge@sa.gov.au, 0401 990 367.

The top-up scholarships are for PhDs who commence early in 2015.

For more information on the research theme and contact details of how to apply for the scholarship please contact: rudy.kloser@csiro.au, (03) 6232 5389.