Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Soil Restoration

Melbourne, Australia
£38,399.35 - £52,085.13 per annum
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Part-time (0.5FTE), 2-year fixed term position based at RMIT City and Bundoora campuses
  • Join the Soil-Atmosphere-Anthroposphere Lab at RMIT University to quantify the soil water and carbon dynamics of tropical peat soils and Australian Alpine soils, working with a team of academic, government, industry and NGO partners across Australia and Indonesia
  • Opportunity to contribute to 2 interdisciplinary research projects; "Chameleon Flux; Validating technologies for assessing and monitoring Indonesian peatland restoration using eddy covariance flux towers coupled with Chameleon Sensors" and "Mountain Champions; Building resilient alpine environments with less snow", funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Australian Research Council, respectively
  • Applications welcome from highly motivated candidates with prior research experience working in peatlands, wetlands, alpine and/or tropical ecosystems
  • The Soil-Atmosphere-Anthroposphere Lab has a strong culture of shared learning and career development. As part of this role, you will have the opportunity to further develop your research career through ongoing professional development and support to apply for external research funding
  • Remuneration at Academic Level A ($68,983 - $93,569) + 17% superannuation

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About You and the Role

You will be responsible for:

  • Leading the data analysis and writing of 2 co-authored publications on the water and carbon fluxes of a degraded tropical peatland undergoing restoration;
  • Carrying out field research activities in remote mountainous regions of Australia to quantify soil hydrology characteristics;
  • Working independently as well as collaboratively with RMIT and partner researchers in Australia and Indonesia to contribute to innovative interdisciplinary research outputs and developing new research initiatives;
  • Creating impactful science communication material to convey soil restoration results to a range of audiences including community, government, industry and funding bodies, as well as presentation of research findings at conferences and workshops;
  • Mentoring postgraduate students and contributing to undergraduate teaching in Environmental Science complementary to the research projects.


Mandatory: PhD Qualification in a relevant discipline area (soil science, micrometeorology, environmental science). Candidate requires a valid Australian driving license as this role will involve travel to the Australian Alps to undertake field work.


  • Expertise in data analysis relevant to micrometeorology and/or soil hydrology; competency in programming languages R or Python would be an advantage.
  • Emerging publication record, as evidenced by publications in peer reviewed international journals.
  • Ability to communicate in Bahasa Indonesia and First aid qualifications would be advantageous.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

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To Apply

Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your experience and achievements by clicking on the 'Apply now link. Please note that a separate response to Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description is required. For any enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr Samantha Grover, Lecturer, Environmental Chemistry (

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Applications close Wednesday 31st March 2021.

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