Research Associate, Plant Ecophysiology

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$99,905 p.a. plus superannuation
27 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
27 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity for a self-driven researcher to enhance their career, develop strong quantitative skills, coordinate and participate in research expeditions to remote locations in south-western Australia as well as some other locations in Australia, and work with a collaborative and dynamic team of national and international experts in plant biology, ecophysiology and ecology
  • Full-time, three-year fixed-term appointment
  • Salary range: Level A Step 8, $99,905 p.a. plus superannuation

School of Biological Sciences 

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The School of Biological Sciences is a large, multidisciplinary School with over 80 high-calibre staff delivering world-class education and research programs to approximately 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students and is responsible for the supervision of ~100 PhD students. The School is research-intensive with expertise in the disciplines of Plant Biology, Animal Biology, Computational Biology, Ecology & Conservation, Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience and Science Communication.

About the opportunity

As a Research Associate on an ARC Discovery grant, you will undertake research on a project titled:  Cool spots in a Global Biodiversity Hotspot: carboxylate-releasing eucalypts. A copy of the ARC Discovery project is available upon request.

Reporting to E/Professor Hans Lambers, A/Professor Patrick Finnegan and Dr Kosala Ranathunge, you will have an active involvement in the co-supervision and training of postgraduate and Honours students. You will collaborate actively with other researchers, and contribute to the operations and maintenance of the laboratory facilities. You will also be required to travel in south-western Australia as well as other locations in Australia for fieldwork as part of this position.

You will have an opportunity to develop a modest teaching profile while delivering the outcomes of this project.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in plant ecophysiology, plant ecology or a related discipline
  • Theoretical knowledge and understanding of plant biology
  • Knowledge and experience in a wide range of plant experimental biological methods and approaches
  • Highly developed quantitative skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team

About you

To succeed in this position, you must have sound interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise with others and contribute effectively in a team environment. You will also hold a current ‘C’ class Driver’s license (a current 4WD qualification is desirable). Prior experience working on Australian native plants will be highly regarded.

For more information or a copy of the ARC Discovery project, please contact E/Professor Hans Lambers on

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. Please see the position description prior to applying.

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to address the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:55pm AWST on Monday, 27 February 2023

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for child 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

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