Postdoctoral Research Associate –Soil Water Nowcasting

Sydney, Australia
13 Jul 2017
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06 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Faculty of Science

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in plant-soil interactions.
  • Part time (0.5 FTE) fixed term for 4 years, Remuneration ($106k) Pro Rata, which includes leave loading and 17% Super

About the opportunity 

A new opportunity has become available in School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Sydney Institute of Agriculture, within the Faculty of Science. Our excellent life sciences research and teaching are shaping new approaches required to address a range of increasingly important challenges faced by the world that span a range of disciplinary areas, including soil and food security, soil-plant-microbe interactions etc.

The Sydney Institute of Agriculture a new initiative aims to provide cutting-edge research and outreach for agricultural innovation, business and policy.

In this research focused role, the main objectives will include:

  • The design and creation of an ensemble modelling framework that will provide real-time, updatable and forecasted high resolution spatial predictions of soil water, soil temperature, and other soil and climate variables relevant to the farm scale.
  • Coupling of real time and forecasted soil and climate information into biomass growth and crop yield likelihood models.
  • Delivery of an online decision-support tool for serving real time and forecasted high resolution soil moisture and climate information together with productivity estimates to landholders

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with:

  • PhD in soil science or a relevant discipline area.
  • Experience in digital soil mapping. 
  • Experience in soil sensing. 
  • Experience in the area of spatial and temporal modelling.
  • Experience in programming languages.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity, plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • Full driving license.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

Closing date: 11:30 pm 06 August 2017 (Sydney Time)

We are committed to diversity and social inclusion.  We welcome applications from women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability, people who identify as LGBTIQ, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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