Research Assistant in Blue Carbon

Melbourne, Australia
$67,815 - $74,024 + 17% Superannuation
05 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
21 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Based at our Melbourne, Burwood Campus
  • Fixed term for 3 years
  • RES_148 $67,815 - $74,024 + 17% Superannuation

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

The Blue Carbon Lab is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary research team focused on understanding and responding to the impacts of global change on freshwater, coastal and ocean ecosystems. BCL offers innovative research solutions aiding in mitigating climate change and enhancing our blue economy, while simultaneously supporting aquatic biodiversity, economic growth, capacity building, and community wellbeing.

The Research Assistant supports the development of new nature-based solutions for restoring coastal and inland wetland ecosystems and promoting their sustainable management in Australia. The incumbent will promote the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and maintain links and partnerships with relevant academic, industry and professional communities.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring the effective management of equipment, and associated laboratory resources used in the local area, acquiring and ensuring appropriate stocks of consumables are maintained, equipment is kept in good working order and calibration and maintenance of a wide range of laboratory equipment and effective research logistics activities are undertaken.
  • Assisting research academics in the collection and analysis of data including carbon analyses, biodiversity surveys, greenhouse gas measurements, preparing interview questions; recruiting interview subjects and conducting interviews; maintaining accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary.
  • Supporting researchers in the grant lifecycle by assisting in the preparation of applications, creation, monitoring and reporting of budgets, reporting, supporting in the preparation of internal and external reports associated with projects and provision and filing of reports.
  • Supporting the general administration of BCL including organising meetings, presentations, preparation of reports, and maintenance of databases and administrative systems required by researchers and teachers.
  • Liaising with agencies and stakeholders as required on behalf of the University or on behalf of researchers

To be successful, you’ll have:


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Masters qualification in environmental sciences or related field.
  • Fieldwork and laboratory experience in a research context (ideally environmental sciences).
  • Good writing skills and experience in scientific report/paper writing, including literature reviews.


Experience planning research fieldwork, including preparing paperwork.

Applications for this position close on February 21, 2023.

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.


  • Infrequent work outside business hours is required (e.g., work at evening or weekend events is required)
  • Infrequent travel will be required (e.g., interstate or overseas travel is required or regular travel within Victoria, not including between campuses)
  • Full Australian driver’s licence, ideally with 4WD experience.
  • Working with Children Check

Please submit your updated resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and the desirable selection criteria.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Dr Martino Malerba (DECRA Research Fellow), via

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic, and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.