Research Assistant, Faculty of Science

Sydney, Australia
19 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
21 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) has over 148 academic staff and research staff, over 170 research students and 60 Honours students. BEES incorporates environmentally-relevant disciplines enabling the School to undertake comprehensive education and research in the mainstream disciplines of biology, geography and geology. This also provides students the opportunity for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies.

The Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology lab (AMEE) is part of the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre, located in the School of Biological Earth and Environmental Sciences. AMEE researchers investigate human disturbances in marine communities, and approach this research using field experimentation wherever possible. AMEE is led by Professor and UNSW Dean of Science, Emma Johnston

About the role

  • $72K - $82K plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 2 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The overall objective of the Research Assistant is to provide research support within the Applied Marine and Estuarine Ecology (AMEE) lab and manage the laboratory, including overall organisation, data management, health and safety issues and finances.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A relevant bachelor’s degree in Science or equivalent qualification in relevant area.
  • Demonstrated experience doing surveys and manipulative experiments in the field.
  • Excellent administration, organisational and time management skills to manage and coordinate field work activities.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team management skills.
  • Hold a current, unrestricted NSW driver’s licence.
  • Hold a current SCUBA and first aid qualifications (minimum Advanced open water) that fulfils the UNSW diving policy.
  • Hold a recreational or commercial boating qualification.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training. 


  • Demonstrated experience in different sampling methods of sediments and hard-substrata (e.g. rocky shores, settlement plates).
  • Demonstrated experience in sorting, identification and molecular analyses of marine organisms.
  • Demonstrated experience managing funding and interpreting financial reporting is desirable but not essential.
  • Demonstrated experience with data analysis using computer statistical packages.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Mariana Mayer Pinto


Applications close: March 21st, 2019

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