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Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow in Applied Earth System Science

Canberra, Australia
$78,940 - $121,857 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
7 Jan 2024

Classification: Academic Level A / B
Salary package: $78,940 - $121,857 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Continuing Contingent Funding appointment (Initially up to 24 - 36 months)

Working at ANU

This is an opportunity to work with a world class University that undertakes cutting edge research and has a strong tradition in research-led teaching excellence.

We offer:

  • Flexible working arrangements including hybrid arrangements working both on our beautiful, green campus and working remotely,
  • Generous paid parental leave entitlements of up to 32 weeks. We are one of the leading employers in Australia for parental leave entitlements,
  • Designated parent rooms, quiet spaces and childcare facilities on campus,
  • Career support, training, mentoring & upskilling opportunities.

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A Diverse and Inclusive Team

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ANU is a large, diverse employer with staff working across numerous professions (see the full list of available roles here. We are a recipient of the bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program and a platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities and from individuals who may have had a non-linear career path, career gaps or career breaks.

The Position

The Postdoctoral Fellow (Academic Level A) / Research Fellow (Academic Level B) will work within the Australian Research Council Discovery Project “A systemic environmental impact metric for companies and investors” awarded to Dr Steven Lade. This project has two overarching goals: (a) to advance assessment of interactions between the planetary boundaries (see e.g. and (b) to use this knowledge to refine and implement an “Earth system impact score” ( for companies and investors. The project involves a large team (10+ people) of collaborators at ANU, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the University of New South Wales. The position may also involve opportunities to interact with other international networks such as the Earth Commission. The level of this appointment, Academic Level A or B, will be determined by the appointee’s level of experience and expertise. The duration of initial funding (24 to 36 months) is constrained by the successful candidate’s start date and funding availability.

The advertised position occupies a crucial role at the interface of the project’s two main goals: analysing and assembling estimates of interaction strengths to produce and apply the Earth system impact score. Tasks may include: analysing outputs of Earth system models; designing and co-ordinating modelling protocols; literature review; independent modelling; conceptual analysis of boundary frameworks; research co-production with other team members and external stakeholders.

The Person

This position is an exciting opportunity to leverage Earth system science for transformative change towards sustainability. We are looking for a sustainability / Earth system scientist who has the technical and scientific skills to carry out scientific research on Earth system interactions, but who can also bridge the “research-practice divide” to apply their knowledge in research co-produced with end users.

The ideal candidate will be a strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to quickly develop productive, professional relationships with colleagues and end users. Highly developed organisational skills and effective self-management are key.

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For more information about the position please contact Dr Steven Lade on T: +61 2 6125 3822 E:  

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents:

  • A cover letter outlining your research experience and objectives
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV),
  • No more than a three page summary addressing your suitability against the selection criteria, and
  • No more than a one page statement addressing how you would carry out the project.

The committee will consider candidates that do not meet one or more aspects of the selection criteria.

If shortlisted, candidates will be asked to complete an interview with the selection committee.

If you require adjustments to participate in any of the above assessments, please contact our HR team at E: or T: +61 2 6125 3360. Any adjustment request or the disclosure of disability will not be communicated to the selection committee without the candidates consent and it will not having any bearing on hiring decisions.

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The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Closing at: Jan 7 2024 at 23:55 AEDT

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