Postdoctoral Research Associate in Soil Biogeochemistry

Sydney, Australia
06 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
16 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES)

University of Sydney

Reference no. 511/0320F

  • Be a part of a vibrant and collegial community of world-class academics in the Biogeochemistry space!
  • Join a community of world-class scientists, working on project ‘Phosphorus cycling and adaptation of soil microbes to phosphorus availability’.
  • Full-time, 3-year fixed term contract. Base salary: $94K p.a. -$101K p.a. (Level A,6+), plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) to conduct research in a collaborative research team based at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. at the University of Sydney. This role will report to Associate Professor Charles Warren, and involves carrying out scientific research and preparing and presenting scientific results in papers and conferences, co-supervising undergraduate and graduate research students, assisting in the recruitment of research students and continuously working towards attracting new funding. Additionally, you will help to coordinate the research of different researchers and eventually apply for independent research fellowship and collaborative research funding. 

The successful candidate will take a leading role as postdoctoral fellow in the Australian Research Council Discovery Project entitled “Phosphorus cycling and adaptation of soil microbes to phosphorus availability.” The project will use advanced isotope labelling and mass spectrometry techniques to investigate organic P cycling and the strategies soil microbes and plants use to cope with variation in P supply. The position will rely heavily on skills in biogeochemistry and will involve development and refinement of methods for quantifying pools and fluxes of P-containing compounds. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to carry experiments through to completion, including for peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who possesses experience in the following areas:

  • A PhD in biogeochemistry/soil science/soil ecology or another closely related scientific discipline.
  • Proven research ability, and evidence of self-motivation and research potential in biogeochemistry, soil science, analytical techniques (especially those for quantifying pools and fluxes), isotope labelling and mass spectrometry
  • Proven excellence in written and oral communications, interacting with a variety of researchers and stakeholders
  • Proven commitment to producing high quality work and a demonstrated track record of high-quality publications
  • Demonstrated excellence in research within a related area through published research in refereed journals
  • Proven ability to write and contribute to scientific research papers
  • Proven ability to design appropriate experiments to address the underlying research question, as well as experience in setting up field and laboratory experiments

About us

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) is a new school at the University of Sydney consisting of staff previously in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Molecular Biosciences, the Faculty of Veterinary Science, and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

Its creation forms a major component of a broader Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences (LEES) program of change that is designed to significantly improve the quality and efficiency of teaching. A key component of the LEES program includes a case to build new infrastructure which supports and enhances the capacity in Life, Earth and Environmental research and teaching. SOLES is divided into five research and teaching clusters each with its own chair. The Clusters include:

  • Animal Science Cluster
  • Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology Cluster
  • Ecology, Evolution and Environment Cluster
  • Microbiology Cluster
  • Plant Sciences Cluster

The school also has a Dietetics Program.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 511/0320F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 16 April 2020 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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