The Choat Lab

Plant Hydraulics and Water Relations

Join Us

We are always looking for new people to join the lab! There are numerous ways that you can participate in research at HIE including volunteering on projects, undertaking postgraduate studies, or engaging in research exchange visits. Further details can be found on the HIE website here. From time to time we advertise postdoctoral and technical positions associated with the lab here.

Volunteering

There are currently a number of projects open for volunteer assistance. These include investigating the resilience of Australian native tree species to drought and examining the plasticity of hydraulic traits across environmental gradients. These projects involve field work in remote locations and offer the opportunity to see some of Australia’s unique ecosystems and species.

Postgraduate Study – PhD

There are a number of scholarship options available from UWS and external funding agencies to undertake a PhD project in my lab. Please contact me before applying to discuss the suitability of your application and potential projects.

Scholarships options from UWS:

  • Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)
  • UWS Postgraduate Research Awards (UWSPRA)
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS)

The APA is only open to domestic students and but UWSPRA and IPRS scholarships are available to international students. There are two rounds for application each year – July and October. More information on applications can be found on the UWS website here.

Other scholarship options:

  • Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship: these scholarships provide financial support for Australian and international postgraduate students. Scholarships for international students cover tuition and provide a stipend for up to 4 years. Applications are due in June each year. More details on the application process can be found here.

Research Exchange Visits to HIE

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment will again seek funding applications from high quality, energetic researchers to support collaborations between the HIE and other research institutions commencing in late 2015. An attractive stipend will support travel and living expenses for the duration of the exchange for academics/students to visit the HIE. Applications for Exchange Program funds are open to academic staff, postdoctoral fellows, postgraduate students. The duration of the visits can be short term (1-3 months) or long term (up to 12 months). More details on the application process can be found on the HIE website here.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

There are currently no postdoctoral fellowships available from my lab. They come up periodically and will be advertised here and on the UWS website. There are some opportunities to apply for fellowships at UWS through external funding agencies. These include:

  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) fellowships. These fellowships are available to researcher up to 5 years after completing their PhD and run for 3 years. Further information on this program can be found on the ARC website here.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship. As a Humboldt fellow I am able to host German researchers in my lab supported by the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship. The fellowships are available to postdoctoral researchers (up to 4 years after completing a doctorate) for a duration of 6 to 24 months and for experienced researchers (up to 12 years after completing a doctorate) for 6 to 18 months duration. Further information on these fellowships can be found on the Alexander von Humboldt website here.