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PhD Scholarship - Tackling pests using game theory to support cooperative management

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Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($28,092.00 - $28,092.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
Location: St Lucia

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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. It has 104 academic staff, and 23 administrative and technical staff. 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.

About this Opportunity

The management of invasive pests is complicated because they are often managed by multiple agencies with different objectives. Developing ways in which different organisations can more effectively collaborate to improve pest management requires spatial planning that considers the different objectives across agencies, the areas of management influence and management actions available to each agency, and the distribution of pests. This exciting PhD project aims to develop spatial approaches to modelling pest management for multiple agencies using Queensland as a case study. This PhD project will specifically aim to develop novel spatial modelling and decision theoretic approaches to integrate data on pests, management effectiveness, and management actions available to different Queensland Government agencies. Then to use this to evaluate spatial priorities for the different agencies given their differing objectives.

This PhD will be part of a team including a soon to be appointed Post-Doctoral Fellow, Associate Professors Eve McDonald-Madden and Jonathan Rhodes (UQ), Associate Professor Michael Bode (QUT), Dr Geoff Lundie-Jenkins (Qld Parks and Wildlife Service), and Dr Olusegun Osunkoya (Biosecurity Qld), and a second PhD student at QUT.

Our Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative and spatial analysis skills and an interest in environmental management and conservation. Also preferred:

  • Hold a BSc or MSc degree in environmental sciences, agriculture, engineering, mathematics, economics or a related field
  • Have knowledge and experience with spatial analysis and modelling
  • Have knowledge of  statistics and programming languages (Python, R or Matlab)

What We Can Offer

PhD scholarship $28.092 per annum, for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.

For further information on scholarships please refer to:


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Eve McDonald Madden ( or Associate Professor Jonathan Rhodes (


Please note: All applications to be submitted via the process outlined on the Grant-aligned priority PhD Scholarships page

As part of this process, you are required to upload a cover letter (addressing your suitability for the project) and a full resume along with the contact details of 3 referees. 

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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