Biofouling associated with salmon aquaculture

Influences on composition and ecology of biofouling communities associated with salmon aquaculture

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore


$28,597pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

Biofouling is a challenge for the aquaculture industry in Tasmania; limiting production outcomes by potentially restricting water movement through infrastructure, providing a vector for pests and pathogens, and additional complexity for harvest operations. As aquaculture moves offshore, the nature and behaviour of biofouling communities in these environments is relatively unknown. To develop successful management strategies it is essential to better understand the risk posed by biofouling in these new situations, in particular the species present and timing of fouling. This project will provide the critical baseline data with which to understand how environmental conditions and farm management influence the composition and ecology of biofouling communities associated with salmon aquaculture around Tasmania.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Camile White


The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

International applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.


The project is open to domestic (Australia and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from International applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

Essential Skills:

  • First class honours or equivalent in biology, ecology or a related field of research
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal English language

Desirable Skills:

  • Knowledge of hard substrate or biofouling assemblages
  • Experience in working with aquaculture industry
  • Coxswains certificate, or ability to obtain one

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Camile White, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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