University Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Science

Adelaide, Australia
$65,894 – $89,425 per annum
16 Jun 2017
End of advertisement period
07 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Prestigious International Research Centre, Centre for Global Food & Resources
  • Collaborative project between horticultural and environmental industries and research groups (including RIRDC, HIA, University of Adelaide)
  • Post-doctoral Fellow (Level A)

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global wellbeing.

University of Adelaide employees enjoy a range of benefits and favourable work conditions that include opportunities for career development and advancement.

The Faculty of the Professions is one of five faculties at the University of Adelaide. It is comprised of the prestigious Adelaide Law School, the School of Architecture and Built Environment, the Adelaide Business School, the School of Economics, the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, Institute for International Trade and the Centre for Global Food and Resources. The faculty offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and has strong connections with business and industry. It offers a contemporary, intellectually stimulating and rewarding working environment. 

The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) aims to advance research and knowledge in food, water and environmental policy, behavioural economics, food security, food value chain analysis, post-harvest horticultural science, and the role of agriculture in growth and development. The multi-disciplinary team within GFAR has a proven research and development track record, with complementary skills, and global experience working to address the interrelated challenges facing our food and resource systems.

The Centre values the generation of high quality research outputs including research grants, policy briefs and international peer-reviewed publications. Since 2013, the team's research has grown significantly.  They now conduct and manage research projects throughout Australia, Asia, Africa and the Pacific.  Research projects address issues related to food and nutrition policy, food security, the economics of food value chains, resource and environmental economics and the role of agriculture in growth and development.  In addition to research, the Centre offers a Master of Global Food and Agricultural Business, a Master of Agribusiness and a PhD at its North Terrace campus in Adelaide.

This position is funded by a collaborative research grant from RIRDC, HIA and industry partners including the natural resources consultancy O’Connor NRM Pty Ltd. The research is focussed on understanding the economics of pollination as an ecosystem service in agri-ecological landscapes and the potential for native vegetation and revegetation to supply pollination benefits. The successful candidate will work collaboratively to implement a reverse tender for revegetation with pollination benefits, survey landholders about pollination risk management and be involved in economic experiments on ecosystem service supply from agricultural land.

Salary: (Level A) $65,894 – $89,425 per annum

Superannuation:  An employer contribution of 9.5% applies.

Term of position:  This fixed term position is available immediately for 2 years in the first instance. There is potential for the position to continue, pending funding success.

Position requirements

To be successful your application should outline clearly how you meet the following requirements:

  • A PhD (or evidence of submission of PhD thesis for examination) in agricultural, food or health economics, or closely related field; Strong analytical skills, particularly econometric
  • Demonstrated research output (publications, conference papers, reports or technical contributions) which provide evidence of research and writing ability, and potential for future development;
  • Experience developing and conducting qualitative and quantitative research instruments and analysing related data.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to write grant proposals.
  • Ability to interpret, summarize and prepare technical reports and academic journal articles based on analyses.

Please address and upload your responses to the “selection criteria” within the online application.  For further information on the above position, please contact Associate Professor Patrick O'Connor on (08) 8313 1039 or via e-mail on

To obtain a copy of the Selection Criteria, please visit the University of Adelaide Job opportunities page via this link:

Closing date:  7 August 2017

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.