Summer cadetship program

The MDFRC is proud to support the La Trobe University industry cadetship program. Each summer several students from La Trobe University spend 8-10 weeks working with research staff from the MDFRC during the summer holiday period (November to February).The cadetship is available to La Trobe University undergraduate students who are about to complete their second year and are interested in pursuing a career in aquatic ecology.

Since 2006, the MDFRC has supported 35 La Trobe University students from Bundoora and Wodonga campuses. Twelve of these students have progressed to complete Honours degrees with an MDFRC staff supervisor, three of these students have progressed to undertake PhD studies with an MDFRC staff supervisor and nineteen of these students have gained some form of employment with the MDFRC.

Opportunities for a summer cadetship are based at both laboratories and campuses, Mildura and Wodonga. Call for applications will be advertised mid-September 2016.

Recent cadetships:

Dispersal energetics of fishes with different lifestyles

The objective of this summer cadetship is to study the swimming energetics of two fishes with contrasting lifestyles: unspecked hardyhead (pelagic species) and flathead gudegon (benthic species).

Identification of physical characteristics of wetland and floodplain plants that facilitate dispersal

Understanding the way in which managed flow regimes and infrastructure alters or can facilitate the movement of aquatic and floodplain plant species will be key to managing for dispersal.

Finding new species of caddisflies

This project focuses on determining if some populations of Caddisflies on mainland Australia are new species.

For further information contact:

Rosie Busuttil (MDFRC Wodonga)
02 6024 9690 E:

La Trobe University Industry Cadetship Program College of Science, Health & Engineering
P: 03 9479 5763 E:

For additional information on potential research projects for 2016-2017 download the PDF “MDFRC Potential Projects

In this clip, produced by the La Trobe University Media Department, we hear from students who have spent a summer working at the MDFRC through the La Trobe University industry cadetship prgram. We also hear some comments from MDFRC representatitves about the value of the program to the students involved and to MDFRC.