Grant Funded Researcher A, Biological Sciences

Adelaide, Australia
30 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Level A ($88,286 to $94,588) per annum plus an employer contribution of 9.5% superannuation will apply.

Fixed-term position available immediately for a period of up to 2 years.

Develop and test waterbird species models for Priority Landscape Wetlands in the Coorong, the large hypersaline estuary of the River Murray, and adjacent landscapes.

This exciting, interdisciplinary role is funded through the Goyder Institute Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin project in collaboration with the South Australian State Government. Working in the School of Biological Sciences, the role involves researching with a team of scientists to how Waterbirds are using the Coorong and adjacent wetlands. In this role you will be responsible for waterbird surveys in the Coorong and the broader landscape. The project will use historical data to develop spatially explicit models that hind cast the distribution of habitat for waterbird species. You will also use describe spatial relationships between the waterbird populations of the Coorong and the wetlands in the broader landscape. With information on waterbird distribution and movement, and habitat variables you will design and inform landscape scale wetland management.

The Coorong comprises two lagoons that stretch for 120km South East from the Murray Mouth to Salt Creek. There is a strong salinity gradient that shapes the habitat and alters species abundance and distribution.

The successful candidate will develop landscape scale management models from bird movement and distribution data within the Coorong and adjacent wetlands. These models will be used to describe the relationships between waterbird distribution and habitat variables. This information will be translated into landscape scale decision making and policy.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD or equivalent qualification (or PhD thesis submitted) in Ecological Modelling or a related field involving Quantitative Ecology, Spatial Science or Statistics
  • Record of research achievements, evidenced by publications in leading scientific journals, and contributions to international scientific conferences
  • Proficiency with Geographic Information Systems, Computer Modelling, Statistical Analysis (e.g., in R software etc.)
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team, both under the direction of supervisors and as a project leader

Candidates with experience in animal movement and dispersal modelling, including habitat use and prioritisation.

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In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Click on the link below for a copy of the selection criteria and to apply:

Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all of the selection criteria.

Applications close 11:55 pm, 31 July 2020.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Associate Professor Phill Cassey
School of Biological Sciences
P: +61 (8) 831 34042

For a confidential discussion regarding the recruitment this position, contact:

Mr Bill Savas
HR Coordinator, Faculty of Sciences
P: +61 (8) 831 33171

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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