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Research Fellow, Spatial Analyst

Melbourne, Australia
$110,236 – $130,900 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% super
Closing date
27 Oct 2022

Job Details

Location: Parkville
Role type: Part time (0.5FTE); Fixed-term 
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Ecosystems and Forest Sciences
Salary: Level B – $110,236 – $130,900 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the School of Ecosystems and Forest Sciences

The School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences (SEFS) is Australia’s premier research and education provider dedicated to the study of ecosystem processes, sustainable land management, and environmental social science in forest and other ecosystems, covering the full range from natural to highly urbanised systems. SEFS combines expertise in the biological and physical sciences with environmental social science to provide research and teaching of applied ecosystem science that is relevant to society, delivering innovative solutions to the environmental issues faced by a rapidly growing global community. Our work spans from molecular to ecosystem scales, from technology to sociology, and from city to wilderness.

About the Role

The position involves working with the research team in the University of Melbourne, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, Bush Heritage Australia and partner organisations as part of the Ian Potter Foundation Gift project: Mapping Conservation Futures. The project will build on current progress in integrating cross-cultural knowledge and aspirations toward a stronger evidence base for regional planning in Australia.

The project comprises three interrelated streams of work:

  1. The development of a knowledge portal that will provide knowledge support to all stakeholders and organisations involved in strategy development and regional planning
  2. The implementation of national-scale analyses that will help organisations crystallise and represent understanding of environmental, cultural and economic risks and opportunities
  3. Regional planning case studies undertaken in at least four key case study regions that will exemplify the use of cross-cultural knowledges in support of regional plans.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with data systems experts and Conservation Futures team members to oversee the development of an Integrated Knowledge System that combines spatial data on conservation management, cultural knowledge, climate and other data relevant to landscape planning and management, and which can be used in implementation of national-scale analyses and regional planning practices
  • Identify a wide range of datasets at multiple scales and assess their quality and relevance to the national project and regional case studies and partners
  • Curate and integrate datasets into the system from a wide range of relevant sources, including co-developing meaningful cataloguing systems for organising diverse datasets

About You

You will have an excellent track record in dealing with a wide range of stakeholders with the ability to interact positively and productively as part of a team environment with a strong collaboration focus. You will possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written and an excellent record of research productivity and publication in conservation science. You will also undertake independent research with a minimum of supervision. A broad understanding of issues relating to First Nations data monitoring and protective mechanisms particularly relating to Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property and Indigenous Data Sovereignty is desirable but not essential.

You will also have:

  • Completion of Ph.D. thesis and/or postdoctoral work in a discipline relevant to, conservation management, data analysis, data engineering and spatial mapping
  • Strong track record in GIS and related mapping applications and in analyses using R, and familiarity with a wide range of Australian spatial data sources relevant to conservation, landscape and Country planning
  • Experience with managing projects and working with systems developers
  • Advanced computer skills and knowledge of conservation data and metadata management

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Position Description: 0057214_Research Fellow Spatial Analyst_PD.pdf

Applications close: 27 October 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

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*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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