Higher Degree by Research Application Portal
|Desert People: Australian Perspectives
|Prof Pete Veth
|Palaeoenvironments and archaeobotany
|Aboriginal and TSI Archaeology
|History, Heritage and Archaeology
The Desert People Project brings innovative science & Indigenous knowledge together to develop new understandings of the 60,000-year custodianship of Australian deserts. The archaeology focuses on the Ningaloo coast, Pilbara & Western Desert. This region is experiencing expansion in resource extraction, energy production & tourism. This globally significant human record is poorly documented and at risk, as seen in the recent loss of Juukan Caves. The Desert People programme works with Traditional Owners & uses novel techniques to document places of the highest value for their management and protection.
We invite competitive applications for four PhDs on the Laureate Fellowship project Desert People: Australian Perspectives led by Professor Peter Veth & funded by the Australian Research Council and UWA. We are interested in candidates carrying out research on the following:
(1) investigating and correlating stratified open & rockshelter site data from varied locations across the coast to the interior with a particular focus on geoarchaeology;
(2) studying the record, nature & role of plant grinding and processing technologies from key sites across north-western Australia;
(3) studying regional patterns of lithic sourcing, transportation and artefact production using geochemical fingerprinting techniques; and
(4) palaeoenvironmental reconstructions from archaeological sites using faunal, botanic or sedimentary records.
Candidates with a background in these themes will be well positioned for success. The PhD candidates would be working with a vigorous cohort of 4 postdoctoral fellows based at UWA Archaeology & the University of Wollongong OSL Dating Laboratory, another PhD based at Waikato University Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory, 10 specialist research collaborators from around Australia, & up to 10 Aboriginal partner organisations from the north-west.
It is expected that extensive and supervised fieldwork will be carried out for three months a year with the Desert People team involving engagement with Traditional Owners & Rangers on their Country.
|01 Nov 2023
|08 Mar 2024
Australian Government, Australian Research Council (ARC) and The University of Western Australia (UWA)
|School of Social Sciences
Project CI, Prof Peter Veth (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Project Manager, Dr Chae Byrne (email@example.com)
|Specific project requirement
A strong record of Honours level research in a suitable discipline such as archaeology, archaeological science, palaeoenvironment, palynology, archaeobotany and/or geochemistry.
Please email the following documents directly to CI Professor Peter Veth (firstname.lastname@example.org):
(1) A cover letter outlining your suitability for the position;
(2) A copy of your academic transcript; and
(3) A brief CV including your contact details and two referees
Students intending to undertake a dissertation or thesis as part of a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course at The University of Western Australia, are required to have acquired adequate research preparation, prior to being admitted into a course.
The University's Adequate Research Preparation Policy (UP11/25) details this requirement.
The policy broadly states:
- An applicant is normally considered to have fulfilled the requirements for admission to a HDR course if they can demonstrate that they have undertaken supervised individual research in which they have designed and conducted a scholarly investigation in the context of an existing body of knowledge.
- In exceptional circumstances, consideration may be given to applicants whose qualifications do not meet the definitions of adequate research preparation outlined in the policy (clause 4.1), where the school/supervisor believes that the applicant is likely to succeed in the course. In these circumstances, admission may be granted to a Masters Degree by Research in the first instance.
Available scholarships in this opportunity.