Research Fellow, Environmental/Social Science, Institute for Water Futures

Canberra, Australia
21 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
19 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $99,809 - $113,165 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Tenure Track

Institute overview:

The Australian National University (ANU) made a major and on-going investment in water research through its National Institute Grant to establish the Institute for Water Futures (IWF). The IWF brings together researchers in 10 water-related positions from across sciences, social sciences, humanities and public policy within the ANU and has established research partnerships with state and federal water agencies, and other research organisations. The IWF mission is to support sustainable water futures and to identify transformative, innovative and robust strategies to resolve the water challenges of today and tomorrow.

The IWF is seeking to recruit several highly motivated and capable early career water researchers from multiple disciplines and areas of expertise. The successful candidates will be expected to work in collaboration with ANU colleagues, research partners including Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, Murray Darling Basin Authority, NSW Department of Industry Queensland Water Modelling Network, Atlas of living Australia and communities to effectively respond to real-world water challenges facing Australia and the Asia and Pacific regions.  Working for the IWF , the successful candidates will be actively collaborating with key stakeholders and researchers as part of an inter-disciplinary water research team and will be effectively contributing to the research and teaching program at the IWF.

Position overview:

The IWF and ANU Climate Change Institute are seeking an advanced early-career academic with expertise in climate adaptation including vulnerability assessment, scenario development, planning or other climate adaptation areas related to water management. The successful applicant will have a good track record of interdisciplinarity in natural resource management areas; and ability to work collaboratively within and beyond academia. Our ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for understanding and developing relationships between research, policy and practice, and be keen to establish teaching and research that is compatible with IWF directions and goals.  They will have the confidence and ability to help establish the climate adaptation components of the IWF, to integrate climate adaptation into other aspects of the IWF research agenda, and to make strong connections across the team.

For further information about the role, please contact Professor Mark Howden, E:

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Closing date: 19 November 2019

Position description: Environmental Science.pdf

We welcome and develop applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas and encourage applications from individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, who may have taken a career break or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of academia.

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Application information

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

  • A statement addressing each selection criteria
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), including 2 recent referees
  • Supporting documents

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

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