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Research Fellow (Level BRF), Future Industries Institute

Mawson Lakes, Australia
$109,074 - $128,877 plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
14 Jan 2024

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  • Based in the Future Industries Institute at the Mawson Lakes campus
  • Full-time (1.0FTE), fixed term contract until 30 June 2027
  • Salary Range: $109,074 - $128,877 plus 17% superannuation

About the Role 

We are seeking a Research Associate with strong Bayesian skills to contribute to the Cooperative Research Centre for Solving Antimicrobial Resistance in Agribusiness, Food, and Environments (CRC SAAFE), bringing together forward-thinking industries with leading research organisations and government agencies. We are committed to protecting Australia’s food and agribusiness industries, and the environments in which they operate, from the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)

You will conduct research inspired by real world challenges for a number of academic and industry focussed research projects, in particular contributing to research projects in support of Prof. Nicholas Ashbolt, the Peter Teasdale Chair in Environmental Health Risk Assessment.

About UniSA

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

Core Responsibilities 

  • Conduct high-quality research project independently or under limited supervision and in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders
  • Design, perform and record experimental work
  • Independently or under limited supervision, communicate research outcomes in both verbal and written form including presentations and reports to the research team
  • Ensure delivery of project’s research milestones, objectives and work programs are met on time, within budget and to the industry partner’s satisfaction
  • Develop a record of independent research that results in high-quality publications
  • Provide advice to postgraduate students, international internship students and visiting students in the appointee’s area of expertise
  • Make significant contributions to refereed journal publications, conference and seminar papers arising from the research
  • Contribute to the teaching activities of the University, in a manner to be determined on a case-by-case basis

Essential Skills and Experience 

  • A PhD qualification in a relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated research productivity in modelling microbial and/or chemical risks 
  • Ability to apply Bayesian approaches to describe causal links and management options for antimicrobial resistance across multi-sector environments
  • Evidence of participation in external activities such as industry or community engagement relevant to environmental risk assessments
  • Record of independent research resulting in high-quality publications and evidence of growing citation impact
  • Growing profile in research supervision and leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight work schedules, including effective organisational skills in prioritising to meet deadlines often with competing demands

Highly Regarded Skills

  • Experience with Bayesian statistics (such as Bayesian hierarchical modelling using R) and/or in developing Bayes Nets (to interpret influence diagrams)
  • Experience in quantitative risk assessment relevant to environmental management
  • Professional experience with industry (across environmental, agribusiness or food sectors)
  • A record of obtaining research income
  • Experience with public or industry engagements (e.g., focus group solicitations)


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as: 

  • Access to great personal development opportunities 
  • Flexible working conditions 
  • Staff study support 
  • Various on-site services available at our campuses which may include on-site gym membership 
  • A variety of leave arrangements


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results. 

How to Apply 

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA.  The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.

Please address your cover letter to Alex Koszegi, Manager: Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 5622. 

Applications close: 11:30 pm Sunday 14 January 2024

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