PhD candidate

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science


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About the role as PhD research student in School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, in collaboration with Taronga Conservation Society (Zoo) are seeking a full-time PhD student to work on research specific to Human-Animal Interactions and Relationships within the Taronga and Dubbo Zoo contexts. Topics to choose from vary but circulate around concepts such as: how certain animals respond to Human-Animal Interactions and Relationships with visitors and/or keepers. Other areas of interest include studying the efficacy of conservation messaging within interactive zoo education experiences, specifically with regard to links between habitat loss and consumption practices. Other topics of interest in the area of Human-Animal Interactions and Relationships will be considered. The successful candidate will be joint supervised by Taronga and UNSW with Taronga/Dubbo Zoos as the site for data generation.

The emphasis of the research taken by the applicant will depend on qualifications/experience, which might be in Animal Welfare and Behaviour, and/or social scientific disciplines, including Geography, Sociology or cognate disciplines.

About you

The potential candidate must be: An APA ready applicant, that is have Honours Class 1 (or demonstrable equivalent) and be an Australian citizen for scholarship purposes.

Applicants need to provide evidence of qualifications, and a one page Expression of Interest focusing on this area of research and explaining how this would be approached. Applicants should be able to provide a brief synopsis of current research on Human/Animal Interactions, and how the proposed research would contribute/expand this relatively new field.

Successful applicant(s) will find a thriving postgraduate community in the School, as well as a supportive team at Taronga.


Associate Professor Wendy Shaw, UNSW, E:  T: +61 415128103;

Dr Vicky Melfi, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, T:+61 2 9978 4615 E:

Applications close: 30 August 2015 (in the first instance)