Unlocking the archives of the Kimberley’s past

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Professor Hamish McGowanh.mcgowan@uq.edu.au

The successful candidate will be working under the supervision of Prof. Hamish McGowan, Prof Patrick Moss and Prof Simon Haberle. They will join a multidisciplinary team of scientists from Australia’s leading research intensive universities (Australian National University, The University of Queensland, University of Western Australia, The University of Melbourne, and Wollongong University) who aim to reconstruct the environmental history of the Kimberley region of northwest Australia.

The project will involve participation in the collection of sediment cores from sites in the Kimberley. You will then have responsibility for developing paleo-environmental histories from the cores using a range of proxy. This new knowledge will shed light on the weather and climate experienced by Australia’s earliest inhabitants and the possible impact on the thousands of rock art panels they painted.

The candidate will enrol through the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES). The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) is part of the Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland and is located on the St Lucia campus (Brisbane, Australia) of the University. SEES is a vibrant, multidisciplinary School with extensive teaching and research programs covering the fields of Geology, Geography, Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety Sciences and Planning. The successful applicant will reside in the Atmospheric Observations Research Group.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of geography, geology, and environmental science, with experience in the anlysis of paleo-environmental archives including pollens contained within them, would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

A background or knowledge of computational programming experience with Matlab, Python, R, or equivalent is highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 3, 2021. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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