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Postdoctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science

Employer
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Location
Camperdown, Australia
Salary
$101,507 - $140,586 + 17% superannuation
Closing date
10 Mar 2024

Job Details

  • 5 x full time positions ranging from 3-5 years fixed term. Located on the Camperdown Campus of the University of Sydney, in the School of Geosciences
  • Exciting opportunity to help establish the new "Thriving Oceans Research Hub" as part of Professor Josh Cinner's multi-million dollar Laureate Fellowship funded by the Australian Research Council
  • Base Salary A/B, $101,507 - $140,586 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Geosciences is currently seeking five Postdoctoral Research Associates / Research Fellows in Sustainability Science with experience in 1) Quantitative Social Science; 2) Data Science/Statistics; 3) Behavioural Science (experimental games); 4) Fisheries Science/Marine Ecology; and 5) Social-Ecological Systems. The Postdoctoral Research Associates/Research Fellows will work with Professor Joshua Cinner to establish the new Thriving Oceans Research Hub, which is focused on delivering solutions-oriented research that increases the sustainability and resilience of our oceans and supports the people who depend on them. The Thriving Oceans team will consist of Professor Cinner, 5 postdoctoral researchers, 6 post-graduate students, a project officer, and research assistants and will conduct and publish interdisciplinary research (ranging from global scale modelling to extensive overseas fieldwork), build a consortium of researchers and practitioners from across the globe, host a series of workshops, and develop decision-support tools.

These positions will directly support Professor Cinner's ARC Laureate Fellowship project "Increasing the sustainability and resilience of coral reef fisheries" https://www.arc.gov.au/funding-research/funding-schemes/discovery-program/australian-laureate-fellowships/2023-laureate-profile-professor-joshua-cinner . Specifically, the project will: (1) Conduct a global-scale assessment of coral reef fisheries sustainability and resilience; (2) Locate exceptionally resilient reefs (exceptional responders) by identifying extreme deviations from a global-scale model that quantifies how the resilience of coral reef fisheries are affected by key social, ecological, and environmental drivers of change over time; (3) Use targeted field-based research across up to 15 study sites to investigate exceptional reefs responders and their enabling conditions, revealing novel solutions that are transferrable to policy.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Undertake research in support of Professor Cinner's ARC Laureate Fellowship project "Increasing the sustainability and resilience of coral reef fisheries".
  • Design and deliver high-quality research in a timely fashion to meet strict deadlines in a team environment
  • Publish research in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals in collaboration with Professor Cinner and others
  • Collaborate with a large team of colleagues working in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • Where appropriate, supervise the research activities of postgraduate students
  • Participate in and help organise/run interdisciplinary workshops domestically and possibly overseas
  • Some positions will require you to schedule, oversee, and conduct field trips domestically and overseas.

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 Postdoctoral Research Associates / Research Fellows in Sustainability Science who best meet the selection criteria under one of the five themes:

1) Quantitative Social Science;

Essential Selection Criteria

  • a PhD in relevant discipline (e.g., geography, sociology, economics, social psychology)
  • demonstrated experience in conducting rigorous quantitative social science research
  • strong knowledge of foundational social science theories and approaches
  • strong quantitative skills, including proficiency in R, python, or similar software
  • evidence of outstanding research ability including a strong publication record for stage of career.

Desirable Selection Criteria

  • experience in planning and coordinating field research
  • experience working in remote locations
  • experience working in interdisciplinary teams.

2) Data Science/Statistics;

Essential Selection Criteria

  • a PhD in relevant discipline (e.g., data science, statistics)
  • experience managing/analysing complex datasets
  • ability to support and mentor other team members in data science/statistics
  • strong quantitative skills, including proficiency in R, python, or similar software
  • evidence of outstanding research ability including a strong publication record for stage of career.

Desirable Selection Criteria

  • familiarity with Bayesian statistical approaches (or willingness to learn)
  • experience working in interdisciplinary teams.

3) Behavioural Science (experimental games);

Essential Selection Criteria

  • a PhD in relevant discipline (e.g., behavioural economics, psychology)
  • demonstrated experience in conducting experimental games research, preferably in a field-based setting
  • strong quantitative skills, including proficiency in R, python, or similar software
  • evidence of outstanding research ability including a strong publication record for stage of career.

Desirable Selection Criteria

  • experience in planning and coordinating field research
  • experience working in remote locations
  • experience working in interdisciplinary teams.

4) Fisheries Science/Marine Ecology;

Essential Selection Criteria

  • a PhD in relevant discipline (e.g., fisheries science, marine ecology)
  • strong quantitative skills, including proficiency in R, python, or similar software
  • evidence of outstanding research ability including a strong publication record for stage of career.

Desirable Selection Criteria

  • ability to calculate key fisheries reference points (unfished biomass, multispecies maximum sustainable yield) and experience with key fisheries surplus production models
  • Experience working on coral reef fish or fisheries
  • Experience working with large datasets
  • experience working in interdisciplinary teams.

5) Social-Ecological Systems.

Essential Selection Criteria

  • a PhD in relevant discipline (e.g., data science, statistics, geography, sociology, anthropology, behavioural economics, psychology, fisheries science, marine ecology)
  • demonstrated experience linking social science and ecology
  • evidence of outstanding research ability including a strong publication record for stage of career.

Desirable Selection Criteria

  • experience in planning and coordinating field research
  • experience in working in remote locations
  • experience working in interdisciplinary teams

The commencement level for these positions will be determined based on the candidate's skills, experience and knowledge.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page, and must include 1) a cover letter indicating which theme(s) you'd like to apply for, 2) CV (please separate published papers from those in review/preparation), and 3) a concise response to each of the selection criteria (if you want to apply for multiple themes, just include the different selection criteria- no need to submit separate applications).

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For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or any documents in alternate formats, please contact Simon Drew, Recruitment Operations by email at recruitment.sea@sydney.edu.au

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Applications Close

Sunday 10 March 2024 11:59 PM

Company

The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.

Campuses

The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.

Faculties

The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

For more information, please visit: http://sydney.edu.au/

Company info
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Location
UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
NEW SOUTH WALES
2006
Australia

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