Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Science

Sydney, Australia
05 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Salary Package: From $90,188 to $96,655 (pro rata) p.a. (Level A), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type:  Part-time (3-days/week), 1 year fixed-term with the possibility of an extension
  •  Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

We are currently seeking a suitably qualified Postdoctoral Research Fellow. The role will involve research into contaminants in residential environments and environmental health risks as part of Macquarie University’s DustSafe project. DustSafe is an Australian and international focussed project funded by the Australian Federal Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Citizen Science grants program.

The successful applicant will:

  • Help promote DustSafe amongst the Australian and global community.
  • Work with postgraduates to assist with their research projects.
  • Help manage samples, the database, analyses and liaise with the community and other stakeholders.
  • Write science reports and communication pieces for a range of audiences covering the broader public through to scientists and government agencies. 

About the Project

Greater urbanisation means people are spending up to 90% of their time indoors. Consequently, environmental health risks are dominated by fine dust particles from indoor air aerosols. Dust can contain harmful agents that penetrate deep into lungs and migrate into the blood stream. Information on the composition and risks associated with house dust is largely absent and households do not know how to reduce risks.

This project will address this knowledge gap by engaging with citizens to submit vacuum dust samples for chemical and biological analysis. Participants will be able to assess, interpret and understand their results using interactive web tools. Remedial actions and advice on what to do next will be linked to participant results.

About You

You will have completed a PhD in Environmental Science or a related discipline. You will have strong research skills in environmental science, environmental monitoring and environmental assessment including the ability to:

  • Collect, analyse and interpret trace element data from air, dust and soil samples
  • Disseminate research outcomes and relevant environmental health impacts to stakeholders: community, government agencies, research scientists, media.
  • Identify and develop new research opportunities in Australia and the wider region in relation to environmental contamination.

If you have excellent research skills with a proactive approach you will undoubtedly flourish in this role.

About Us

We are amongst the leading institutions in Australia in environmental sciences. In the Department of Environmental Sciences our research program covers:

  • Catchments, rivers, wetlands and coasts
  • Climate and paleoenvironmental sciences
  • Energy technologies
  • Environmental contaminants

Our dynamic and dedicated academics and research students’ study and teach the interactions between the physical, biological and human environments. We produce work-ready graduates and have significant external impact and engagement with government, industry and community, both in Australia and internationally.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:

  • A PhD in Environmental Science or a related discipline
  • Excellent knowledge and demonstrated ability of assessing contamination from air and dust sources, its impact on human health, environmental monitoring and assessment
  • Experience of working effectively with relevant science experts, government agencies and relating science community and regulatory bodies
  • An excellent track record of writing reports and articles including science publications in quality, peer reviewed journals
  • A track record of working on research projects both individually and in a team-based environment
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor, Mark Taylor on email or phone 02 9850 4221

Applications Close: Wednesday, 19 December 2018 at 11:55 pm AEST

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