Senior Research Fellow: Forestry Systems (Level CSRF)

University of South Australia
May 05, 2024
Offerd Salary:$15M over ten year
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  • Based in UniSA STEM at the Mount Gambier campus

  • Full-time, five (5) year fixed term contract
  • Commencement Salary: $132,839 per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
  • About the Role

    Based in the UniSA Mount Gambier campus, the Senior Research Fellow: Forestry Systems will work within the Forestry Centre of Excellence, leading and collaborating on internal and external projects developing applied forestry systems for use in the forest industry, and in particular those systems that simulate forest plantation growth, yield and other ecosystem processes, including the components that help capture and transform the data needed to perform these functions. The primary focus region will be the Green Triangle region of South Australia and South Western Victoria, which is the premier plantation forestry and processing region in Australia.

    About UniSA

    The University of South Australia is Australia's University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

    UniSA STEM links engineering, mathematics, science, defence and cybersecurity, environmental science, aviation, information technology, construction and project management, harnessing the connections across disciplines to bring big ideas to fruition. Our researchers are solution focused and collaborative to deliver technical expertise and advice to industry, government and community groups to make commercially viable and sustainable impacts. We integrate research into our teaching, with students working alongside researchers in first-class facilities, what's discovered one day is taught the next. Our graduates are entrepreneurs and trailblazers, who design and build the world they want to live in. UniSA STEM also incorporates leading edge research organisations; the Future Industries Institute, the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments and the Centre for Industrial Artificial Intelligence (AI).

    The Forestry Centre of Excellence (FCoE) is a research centre established in December 2023, funded by the South Australian government and located at the UniSA campus at Mount Gambier, South Australia. It builds on the successful research portfolio ($8m in currently contracted projects) already established through the UniSA Forest Research Mount Gambier initiative that commenced in 2018 and is now being absorbed into the FCoE. The SA Government will fund the FCoE with A$15M over ten years, and the University of South Australia and the Green Triangle Forest industries Hub are providing further funding as co-investment. Research income obtained through the National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) and other forestry funding streams will also be managed through the FCoE. The Centre aims to be acknowledged as an international leader in forest industries for research, education, product, and market development. It will have a significant focus on industry collaboration to elevate research outcomes with clear translation into business and supporting additional workforce capability and investment in new innovations across forest industries.

    Core Responsibilities

  • Consult with industry partners to determine and document forest data, modelling and systems priorities and development and funding pathways to completion
  • Engage effectively with industry and/or end users, including attracting industry funding for research projects and delivering associated milestones for industry-engaged projects
  • Under limited supervision, develop and apply models in batch scenarios to plantation forestry, agroforestry and agriculture
  • Identify desirable improvements in software and contribute improvements using a standard issues process
  • Provide software/modelling support for projects solving real-world problems
  • Essential Skills and Experience

  • A PhD qualification in forest science, agricultural science, agroforestry, or farming systems modelling
  • Demonstrated understanding of the drivers of productivity and profitability in forestry and agricultural systems
  • Demonstrated understanding and industry use of forest growth and yield modelling systems and software, and understanding of the data (including remote sensing) and model requirements supporting forestry systems
  • Demonstrated understanding of forest valuation standards and trends, and of the commercial in confidence requirements of the system inputs and outputs
  • A record of supervising HDR students, including evidence of successful completions
  • Benefits

    Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17%
  • Flexible working conditions
  • A variety of leave arrangements
  • Culture

    As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results.

    Start Your Unstoppable Career!

    For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

    Please address your cover letter to Emma Kelvin, Consultant: Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at [email protected] using job reference number 5982.

    Applications close: 11.30pm Sunday 5 May 2024

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