Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Marine Spatial Planning

University of Queensland
July 10, 2024
Offerd Salary:$77,324
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  • ­ ­The School of the Environment

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • Be part of a supportive and prestigious research environment at UQ

  • Marine spatial planning with cutting-edge environmental and ecological indicators

  • Contribute to a globally impactful ARC Discovery Project

  • Based at our vibrant and picturesque St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

    At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

    As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world- class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

    About This Opportunity

    We are seeking an outstanding early-career Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a one-year appointment at the St Lucia campus. Candidates should have experience in marine spatial planning using novel environmental and ecological indicators. The appointee will join the Marine Palaeoecology Lab to contribute to a funded ARC Discovery Project, focusing on the global application of these indicators for marine conservation and management.

    Candidates must have completed or nearly completed a doctoral degree in global change ecology or marine conservation. Ideal candidates will be familiar with global biodiversity datasets, Earth System Models, and marine spatial planning tools, and proficient in Python and R. Experience with multivariate statistics, modelling methods, Bayesian hierarchical models, spatial models, and time-series analyses is desirable. A strong publication record is expected.

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Develop an internationally recognised and innovative research program applying novel environmental and ecological indicators to produce marine spatial planning strategies relevant to conservation and management of marine ecosystems under climate change.

  • Publish research frequently in high quality, peer-reviewed journals.

  • Conduct research independently and as part of a team and make original contributions to the research aims of the ARC Discovery Project ‘Portfolio projection of biodiversity responses under climate change.

  • Where appropriate, supervise research program staff.

  • Contribute to the research culture of the University of Queensland.

  • Co-supervise honours and postgraduate students where appropriate.

  • Work with colleagues and postgraduate students in the development of joint research projects.

  • Produces quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing in high quality outlets.

  • Participate in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities.

  • Work with colleagues in the development of joint research projects and applications for competitive research funding support.

  • Contribute to progressing towards transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.

  • Develop a coherent research program and an emerging research profile.

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

  • This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ's Criteria for Academic Performance.

    This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 12 months at Academic level A.

    The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $77,324.85 - $102,945.12, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $90,470.08 - $120,445.79 annually. As these roles are covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases in line with the Enterprise Agreement.

    The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

    About You

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in global change ecology or marine conservation.

  • Strong familiarity with global biodiversity datasets and tools in marine spatial planning.

  • Strong grounding in R and/or Python coding. Evidence of marine spatial planning analyses using R and/or Python is mandatory (e.g., GitHub repositories, published analyses with open source scripts).

  • Experience with multivariate statistics and modelling approaches is desirable.

  • Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.

  • Experience obtaining or contributing to successful external research funding.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: This position is open to candidates who currently hold unrestricted work rights or candidates who are currently on a relevant work visa based within Australia. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor John Pandolfi via [email protected].

    For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section.

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, or age. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close 10 July 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-38921). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for mid to late July.

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