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The Tropical Forests and People Research Centre are a group of researchers who are passionate about what they do and interested in exploring complex problems. The group bounce ideas off each other and are keen to find the best idea or solution in helping forest-dependant people make better use of their forest resources to improve livelihoods and the environment. The team work hard, but also ensure they have time to get to know each other outside of work. If this is a team you would like to join as a staff member, student, volunteer or visitor then we are interested in hearing from you.

Please contact Michelle Tapp  

Job opportunities

At USC, in the Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) we are looking for a dynamic and flexible person to join our team as a Research Fellow over the next 18 months. FIRC offers a great collaborative work environment with experienced mentors and researchers who you can bounce ideas off and tap into their wealth of experience and knowledge. You will also have the unique opportunity to work with key industry members and groups in designing and implementing innovative technologies to ensure best practice with logistics and export of wood chips that will benefit the Australian economy.

For more information or to apply visit Research Fellow advertisement

For more opportunities across USC visit USC current vacancies.

Volunteer opportunities

We have a range of volunteering opportunities across our tropical forestry projects. If you are interested in volunteering with us please email Michelle Tapp through with a copy of your CV and your area of interest.

Please note the Centre will be offering three internships in 2018 up to A$2,000 to international or Australian students to fund a stay for 1 to 2 weeks in Cairns interacting on the world’s longest tropical forestry research project. The internship will not provide you with cash but will cover basic accommodation, travel (domestic return flight Brisbane to Cairns) and meals. Participants in the Internship will also be provided with a certificate of completion.

What will the internship involve?

You will be part of an internationally recognised forestry research team and will work along-side researchers and partake in social activities across the 1 - 2 week stay. You will be working in the field and will be given training to ensure your safety and contribute to collecting data on the world’s oldest tropical forestry project.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please provide a one page summary of why this internship would benefit you with your current and / or future studies and how your current or past experiences can contribute to the research team. Please also include a CV and two references. For any questions about the internship please contact Michelle Tapp

Study with us

Not sure where to start?

At USC there are multiple pathways into a research program. To explore options visit Research students.

You can also contact Michelle Tapp via or call +61 7 5456 5977 for guidance on what researcher in the Centre may be a good choice for your topic area.

Interested in research? 

You may be interested in enrolling in an Honours program at USC. You can enrol for a year full-time or for two years part time. For further information go to Honours applications

You may be interested in enrolling in a Masters or Doctorate research program. For further information go to HDR Applicants

Whether enrolling in an honours, masters or doctoral program you will need to identify a potential supervisor. We suggest you have a look at our members in the Centre and identify an appropriate person who may align with your research interests. It is recommended that you send a copy of your CV and a brief summary of your work experience to date and what you are interested in studying during your research program with USC. If you are unsure of which academic to approach feel free to email Professor John Herbohn with CV and short statement for his advice on who is the group may be able to support you in your research aspirations.

Current research students  

For current HDR students please find information to support you program located at HDR Candidature and through Student Blackboard / Research and Research Training / Graduate Research Studies Management 

For support with your HDR funding, Confirmation and Examination presentation please contact the Faculty's HDR group via and through MyUSC

Our student scholarship opportunities

If there are no opportunities listed, visit USC scholarships for more guidance on funding sources. (Filter Scholarships by Study level / Postgraduate - research)

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