PhD opportunity: Green Cities – Which Plant Where Project

Macquarie University
New South Wales
Apply By (date): 
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 00:00

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified PhD candidate for the Green Cities – Which Plant Where Project. 

The Which Plant Where Project (WPW) is a five-year program that brings together a consortium of researchers, government agencies, industry partners and nursery growers to facilitate resilient urban green spaces across Australia.

The collaborative team will align science with industry experience to develop tools and resources that will facilitate optimal plant selection for urban green spaces across Australia, while providing multiple co-benefits for our cities and its inhabitants.

Examples of potential topics may include: plant species tolerance; plant traits; urban forestry; urban green infrastructure; urban ecology; climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; human health; bioclimatic modelling; nature based solutions for climate change.

Applications are open to international candidates as well as Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia.

The student will be based within the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University and depending on the selected project the student will work under the supervision of Professor Michelle Leishman, Professor Lesley Hughes, Dr Linda Beaumont, Dr Rachael Gallagher, Dr Alessandro Ossola.

Other important information:

The candidate must have an overall IELTES score 6.5 with no less than 6.00 in each band.


Professor Michelle Leishman
+61 2 9850 9180

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application