Research Fellow - Forest Biophysical Modeller

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
14 May 2023
End of advertisement period
05 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Part time 0.8 FTE; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Science
Department/School: School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences 
Salary: Level A – $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Exciting opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects focused on hydrology, geomorphology, and wildfire risk in forested landscapes
  • Dynamic and collaborative team environment with opportunities for leading research publications in high-quality peer-reviewed journals and conferences
  • $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. (pro rata for part-time), 17% super, benefits, and other flexible working arrangements! 

About the Role

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced researcher interested in hydrology. You will work as part of a group of researchers developing biophysical models for hydrology, geomorphology and wildfire risk in forested landscapes. The focus of the hydro-geomorphic research will be the development and testing of hydro-geomorphic risk models for flash flooding, debris flows and water quality. The wildfire risk research will focus on developing and testing models of forest fuel dryness to improve the forecasting of fire risk.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working under the guidance of the Chief Investigators, plan and carry out research on the development of biophysical models for fuel dryness and post fire hydro-geomorphic risks
  • Active participation in communication and dissemination of research findings and their implications, to government, industry and collaborators
  • Preparation and publishing of research outcomes in conferences and journals and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne
  • Actively contribute to the collegiate culture of the School and the Forest Hydrology Research Group

Who We Are Looking For

We're looking for candidates who demonstrate the ability to collaborate with industry partners and work independently within a close-knit team. It's also desirable for you to have a genuine interest in spatial environmental process modeling, multi-disciplinary research, remote sensing application, student supervision, grant funding application, and proficiency in coding.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in Forest Science, Spatial sciences, Hydrology, Soil Science or other relevant biophysical discipline.
  • A record of high-quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences, commensurate with opportunity.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed research projects with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with industry partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently but also to contribute as a member of a close-knit team

Work Rights

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – “The Faculty of Science“

Science at Melbourne is a global leader across discovery, fundamental and applied scientific research and education. Science begins with curiosity, and we are dedicated to understanding the universe from the level of sub-atomic particles to the solar system. We aim to be leaders who positively impact the community locally and globally, addressing major societal issues from climate change to disease. Our discoveries help build an understanding of the world around us -

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community. For more information, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We recognise that reconciliation is central to our purpose. For more information, please visit our Reconciliation page.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

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

Applications close: 5 June 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description:  0059132_Research Fellow (Forest Biophysical Modeller)_PD .pdf

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