Research Assistant, Research School of Biology

Location
Canberra, Australia
Posted
Sep 12, 2019
End of advertisement period
Oct 06, 2019
Ref
533636
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Classification: ANU Officer Grade 4 (Research)
Salary package: $65,101 - $70,433 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed term (17 months)

If you’re a highly motivated person this is an opportunity to work with a productive, enthusiastic and collaborative research team as we measure plant thermal tolerance in the desert and alpine to inform conservation and management actions.

Position Overview

We are looking for an energetic, motivated person to join an outstanding team of plant biologists and conservation practitioners to study the thermal tolerance of alpine and dryland species in the context of threatened ecological community management. A strong academic record and degree or relevant background/skills in plant husbandry, ecology, evolution and/or physiology are required. Extensive field campaigns in the drylands and alpine areas of NSW are the core of this project, so experience of the challenges of, and desire to work in, field conditions are necessary.

The research Assistant will contribute to an Australian Research Council (ARC) supported project “Living on the Edge: How do Australian plants cope when pushed to their limits?” Desert and mountain species live at the thermal limits of biological processes and are exposed to both very low and very high temperatures. Those thermal ranges are becoming ever more variable and extreme. Our project will explore drivers and predictors of thermal tolerance. The project aims to identify species most resilient and most at risk under climate change and to inform effective management of threatened ecological communities.

The Division of Ecology and Evolution at the ANU Research School of Biology (RSB) sits within the College of Science (CoS). Staff and students within RSB conduct research and deliver a research-led education program that encompasses the great breadth of ecology and evolution, supported by extensive international networks and world-class facilities.

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For more information please contact Professor Adrienne Nicotra, Research School of Biology E: adrienne.nicotra@anu.edu.au

Closing date: 6 October 2019

Position description: Research Assistant.pdf

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. People with a disability are encouraged to apply. For more information about staff equity at ANU visit https://services.anu.edu.au/human-resources/respect-inclusion

Application Information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement specifically addressing each of the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in Australia.