Positions Available

Centre for Future Landscapes, School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

If you are interested in any of the positions below please write to me at: Melodie McGeoch – M.McGeoch@LaTrobe.edu.au

Please note that all positions are subject to Covid-19 – related employment compliance arrangements.

Positions available now:

  1. PhDA sustainable monitoring system for invasive alien species in Australia
  2. PhDImpacts of climate change on the conservation status of Antarctic plant species

Positions coming up: The following positions will be advertised in early 2021 – early expressions of interest are welcome.

  1. Postdoctoral Fellow – Measurement and Modelling of Antarctic Biodiversity
  2. Research Assistant – Biodiversity Informatics


1. PhD – A sustainable monitoring system for invasive alien species in Australia

Principal supervisor: Melodie McGeoch

Status: This position is open to applicants

Start Date: 2020/2021

One of the key challenges with managing invasive alien species once they have arrived and established in a country, is monitoring their spread. The information obtained from monitoring is needed to quickly identify newly invaded localities so the weed or pest can be eradicated, or to identify priority areas that it is expanding into so that the invader can be contained. Australia does not yet have a nation-wide monitoring program for invasive alien species. This PhD research project will combine citizen science, data science and information on species distributions to develop a monitoring approach and indicators for tracking priority invaders in Australia.

Candidate requirements: The successful candidate will have majored in ecology, have a working knowledge of R and a background and interest in statistics/data analysis.

If you are interested in this position, please contact me at m.mcgeoch@latrobe.edu.au with:

  • A statement of your interest in the PhD project
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Copies of academic record