Research Fellow (Soil Faunal Ecology)
Job no: 0057143
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
Department/School: School of Agriculture and Food
Salary: Level A – $77,171 - $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the
Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the
Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja
Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was
the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and
that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role
in the life of these lands.
About the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences is a leader in
agricultural, food and veterinary science education and research in Australia.
The faculty comprises the Melbourne Veterinary School and the School of
Agriculture and Food. The faculty operates across three campuses: Parkville,
Werribee and Dookie. In addition to education and research, the faculty
operates a veterinary hospital at Werribee, a broadacre farm at Dookie, and an
equine hospital in Shepparton.
About the Role
The Research Fellow (Soil Faunal Ecology) will play a key role in the
Soil Science Challenge Project (Soil fauna and their roles in nutrient
transformations of agricultural soils) and collaborate with other project
investigators across this multi-disciplinary project.
The position requires excellent research management and interdisciplinary
background in soil science, soil microbiomes, and soil ecology. The research
fellow will have excellent interpersonal skills to support collaboration
across disciplines and with industry partners and external stakeholders. The
Research Fellow will also play an active role in mentoring and developing the
skills of graduate researchers.
This position will primarily be located at the University of Melbourne's
Parkville Campus and may be required to attend other sites and campuses.
Working closely with the chief investigators of the Soil Science Challenges
Project, this role will:
Manage the day-to-day running and reports of the project
Coordinate the field operation and sampling of the project
Carry out detailed research on at least one group of soil fauna
You will have the ability to engage with relevant academic and industry
bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships. You will possess
an excellent ability to work co-operatively and positively in a multi-
disciplinary research-based team environment and liaise with people from
diverse backgrounds. You will have well-developed interpersonal, communication
and negotiation skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships
with internal and external stakeholders including industry partners and
collaborators, in a diverse environment.
You will also have:
A relevant PhD degree or equivalent professional experience in a research
field related to soil science, ecology, microbiology, or agricultural
Demonstrated experience in managing research projects and coordinating
Proven ability to undertake research under limited supervision and
delivering against research objectives
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in soil/agricultural field work, for
example in managing field trials and collecting soil and plant samples
Demonstrated aptitude for research to meet milestones and timely delivery
To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for
everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid
Working with Children Check.
About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading
universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to
research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.
Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be
part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:
Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural
Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness
and cultural clubs
Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards
and Qantas Club
Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff
and their immediate families
To find out more, visit https: // about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/staff-benefits.
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each
person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First
Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages,
with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are
encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the
community in which we live.
If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application
including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the
selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.
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Advertised: 21 Sep 2022 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 19 Oct 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time