Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Eveleigh, Australia
$107,516 + 17% superannuation
22 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
02 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, 2 years fixed term. Located on the Eveleigh Campus at the Biomedical Building (C81)
  • Opportunity to work in a strong research team of scientists (soil scientist, biogeochemist, and organic chemist) to investigate the role of mineral-associated organic carbon in soil carbon sequestration
  • Base Salary, Level A $107,516 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Mineral associated organic carbon in soils) to take a leading role in an ARC Discovery Project entitled "Unlocking the factors and processes that control the stability of soil organic matter (SOM) to anchor carbon in soil". The appointee will have access to a suite of emerging and established techniques in the project.

The broad aim of the project is to understand the drivers of SOM persistence via investigation of the linkages between the soil mineral composition and the contents and composition of organic compounds, which are stabilised in surface and deeper soils. We will use a combination of novel spectroscopic, molecular and isotopic techniques to determine the chemical and structural composition of organic compounds and minerals in mineral associated organic matter in their natural states.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • collect soil samples from field sites from different cropping regions and soil types in New South Wales in co-operation with Chief Investigator (CI), Professor Balwant Singh
  • conduct laboratory experiments, analyse experimental data and prepare manuscripts and reports, with support from the two CIs, i.e., Professor Balwant Singh and Associate Professor Feike Dijkstra, and Partner Investigator, Professor Georg Guggenberger.
  • mentor the PhD student working in the project.

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) brings together researchers in the life, earth, and environmental sciences to improve teaching and build new infrastructure to support and enhance capacity in research and teaching.

To learn more about the School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES), click here.

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 (Mineral associated organic carbon in soils) who has:

  • a recent PhD (or near completion) in soil science, ecology, microbiology or a related field with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the earlier mentioned duties and responsibilities
  • a background in soil science or biogeochemistry and expertise in spectroscopic analysis of soil organic carbon is highly desirable.
  • knowledge in soil science or biogeochemistry and skills in conducting experiments and laboratory analysis, analyzing data and preparing reports and manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

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Pre-employment checks

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