Lecturer/Senior Curator Ecological Genomics Vertebrate Zoology

Brisbane, Australia
19 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
16 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time


The Griffith School of Environment is the largest body of environmental specialists in Australia and one of the largest in the world. It offers a range of innovative environmental degrees and is home to some of Australia's leading environmental research hubs. The exceptionally high quality of the school's teaching has been nationally recognised. Our research in environmental science is rated as 'well above world standard' by the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment and our coursework is underpinned by this commitment to discovery and innovation.

We seek to appoint a highly-motivated, productive scientist with a track record demonstrating external grant funding, publication of research outputs, collaboration, as well as teaching and supervision of students. Experience with the material evidence of Australian native vertebrate fauna - particularly mammals and birds is essential. This position will strengthen collaborative engagement with industry by providing the incumbent with a 60% research secondment to the Queensland Museum, with the remaining 40% focused around undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and the supervision of higher degree research candidates.

The Queensland Museum (QM) is a dynamic, statewide organisation that actively partners with, and connects communities, through compelling experiences, original research, amazing collections and a creative culture. The Biodiversity & Geosciences Program is responsible for the collections of the fauna (living and fossil), geology and mineralogy of Queensland and adjacent regions. The core role of the Program is to understand the fundamental units of biodiversity - the variety of species (taxa), the ecosystems they form and the genes they carry - the success of which depends on being able to firstly discover, accurately recognise and then define them. The QM component of the position is effectively the Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology (Mammals and Birds) within the Biodiversity & Geosciences Program portfolio.

The QM component of the position is a three year fixed term appointment in the first instance, with possibility for subsequent renewal subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding from the Queensland Government. The Lecturer role is a continuing position with the School.

This full-time continuing position is primarily based at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, however, the successful applicant will also be required to teach at the Nathan and / or Gold Coast campuses of the University.

The role:

This position is required to contribute to the delivery of the undergraduate, Honours programs as well as the supervision of higher degree research students. A core element of the position is a research secondment to the Queensland Museum where there is a specific focus on the curation of the mammals and birds component of the vertebrate zoology collections, overseeing their management, access, development, research and public outreach such as exhibitions and community engagement. These joint roles will have a broad emphasis in the terrestrial vertebrate biodiversity area, but with a focus on teaching and research that is underpinned by population genetics, molecular ecology and genomics.

The person:

You will possess a PhD in a relevant area with demonstrated evidence of high quality learning and teaching outcomes at the tertiary level in this field. You will have demonstrated evidence of strong leadership in research development as well as dissemination of research to a range of stakeholder groups. These activities will align with the strategic directions of the Queensland Museum as well as research institutes within the Griffith Sciences group.

Salary range:

Lecturer, Level B: $90,697 - $107,706 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $106,116 - $126,017 per annum.

Application requirements:

Please ensure your application includes the following:

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria in the position description.
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include:
    • Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
    • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
    • Employment history, including present position and details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience;
    • Research interests and list of publications;
    • Research grants awarded and any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services etc.

Applications close at 5pm AEST on the closing date. All applications must be submitted online.

Further information:

Obtain the position description by clicking on the Apply button. You will be redirected to the Griffith University job search page where you will be able to access the position description.

For further information about this role, please contact Professor Chris Frid, Head, Griffith School of Environment at email address: c.frid@griffith.edu.au.

For application queries, contact Ms Courtney Mullens, Senior Recruitment Advisor on +61 (0) 7 3735 6404.

Closing date: Wednesday, 16 August 2017 at 5pm AEST.