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UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship in project “An innovative fishway to restore migration for freshwater fish”, Australia
The Scientia Scholarship program is a prestigious program attracting PhD scholars of exceptional quality to work on selected cutting-edge research projects. The stipend is A$40K per year with a further A$10K per year available for career development and international collaborations. The tuition fees for international applicants are also covered.
 
In a cross-disciplinary project, the supervisor team of Dr Stefan Felder, Prof Richard Kingsford and A/Prof William Peirson have combined their expertise to progress an innovative fishway to restore migration for freshwater fish:
 
Fish are the most threatened of freshwater vertebrates. Internationally, fish populations have declined 76% over the past 40 years. A primary contributor to this loss are dams obstructing migrations critical to many fish life-cycles. UNSW scientists and engineers have developed an innovative fishway to restore migrations over high dams. The project builds on successful fish attraction trials as well as numerical and physical modelling. The study will move to larger scale, optimising fishway design by large-scale experiments with live fish. The objective is a final design to restore fish passage to previously obstructed river systems internationally.
Due to its interdisciplinarity, the project is open for HDR candidates from a range of disciplines within Science and Engineering. The project will be mostly experimental, and the PhD scholar will be based at the UNSW Water Research Laboratory. The ideal candidate should be self-driven, motivated and willing to learn new project-related knowledge from both engineering and ecology.
 
The deadline for prospective applicants to express their interest on this research project is 20 July 2018.
Further information and the expression of interest link are available here: https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/scientia-phd-scholarships/innovative-fishway-restore-migration-freshwater-fish
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