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Our currently opened opportunities:

We currently have one PhD offer, for which candidates will have to go through a competitive process.

- The scholarship will be allocated only if we find a student with the appropriate profile:  

 Project summary:

Phytoplankton is responsible for the production of around 40 billion tons of organic carbon per year, equivalent to nearly half of the total global net primary production. Phytoplankton is highly diverse, and different species have different roles and efficiencies in the primary production process. As a result, identifying phytoplankton diversity from space became a major endeavour of the international ocean colour community, and various bio-optical models were developed to derive synoptic maps of phytoplankton functional types for over 2 decades. In Australian waters, there is still a strong need for the implementation and in situ validation of such approaches, in particular in complex coastal waters.

The recent availability of a 20 year record of concurrent in situ bio-optical datasets and multi-spectral satellite imagery in coastal and oceanic waters around Australia makes this goal now accessible, through the Australian Ocean Data Network portal (AODN, part of IMOS). As part of the proposed research project, the PhD candidate will rely on the IMOS bio-optical database and satellite archives in order to:

1- Examine different numerical inversion algorithms for the detection and mapping of phytoplankton diversity from space at two established time-series sites, near Rottnest Island (off Perth) and at the Lucinda Jetty Coastal Observatory (North Queensland), where the seasonality and phytoplankton community composition differ widely.

2- Apply the methods developed to key Australian ecosystems for detection of specific phytoplankton blooms. In addition, the candidate will explore the use of machine learning techniques to derive phytoplankton diversity, and the potential for application to recently launched hyper-spectral sensors.

3- Build an almost 20-year climatology of phytoplankton abundance and diversity for the selected sites, and explore the physico-chemical factors driving changes in the phytoplankton community structure.

The outputs of the proposed work are particularly relevant for water quality monitoring programs and fisheries management around Australia.

The selected student will be supervised by Professor David Antoine and by Dr Kadija Oubelkheir, a Research Associate managing RSSRG IMOS activities

Start date: As soon as applicant has been selected and is available      Selection criteria, and how to apply: SEE HERE

More options to get funded for research in Australia:

Appropriately qualified researchers can apply to a number of competitive funding schemes for individual fellowships, as proposed by Australian funding agencies, such as (non exhaustively):

- Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships (here)
- Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRA)

- Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships (FT)
- Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowships (LE)
- Western Australia Premier's Science Fellowship program (here

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