Postdoctoral Fellow in Biogeography/Biodiversity

Canberra, Australia
19 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $68,307 - $86,646 per annum + 17% superannuation
Term: Part or Full-Time, Fixed Term 24 months (with possibility of extension based on funding). Flexible start date between October 2017 and early 2018

Position Overview 

A postdoctoral position is available in the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University to study how dispersal, disturbance and density-dependent processes interact to drive spatial patterns of genetic diversity.

This position is an exciting opportunity for a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher with experience in evolutionary ecology, biogeography and / or population genomic analyses. The project will inform core ecological and evolutionary theory, and will contribute to improving strategies for conserving biodiversity in the face of rapid environmental change.

The successful applicant will be based in the Fraser lab group (see Research in this group is assessing the influence of environmental conditions, including past and future environmental change, on global patterns of biodiversity, with a particular focus on Australasian and Antarctic ecosystems.

The project’s specific focus and approach will depend on the skills and interests of the successful applicant – this is a unique opportunity to play a role in designing a project that makes the most of your existing skills, as well as allowing you to gain new skills and explore exciting new research directions.

To be able to contribute to the research activity of the lab group applicants are expected to have experience with ONE of the following, and as such please frame your application accordingly: 

  1. Laboratory and analytical techniques for phylogenomic / population genomic methods (such as Genotyping-by-Sequencing / RAD-Seq and / or exon-capture)
  2. Population genetic modelling

Examples of questions that could be explored during this project include: i) how do organisms’ relative rates of dispersal and reproduction influence their ability to rapidly establish and prevent colonisation by later immigrants? ii) what processes and life history characteristics (e.g., dispersal capacity) influence spatial genetic structure across different scales? iii) how do the scale and nature of disturbance events influence broad patterns of spatial genetic structure?

This position can provide opportunities for field work in Australasia and the sub-Antarctic, as well as opportunities to lead high-profile publications and network with overseas and local collaborators. The ANU – the top-ranked university in the Southern Hemisphere, and 20th globally (QS rankings 2017) – provides a world-class research environment for early-career researchers to develop strong career foundations.

Applicants should possess (or expect to shortly possess) a PhD in a relevant area of evolutionary ecology, biogeography, bioinformatics or evolutionary modelling. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills and a strong track record of publication in academic journals.

Applicants wishing to take this position part-time are invited to nominate their percentage FTE when applying.

For enquiries, please contact Dr Ceridwen Fraser at

Closing Date: 20 August 2017

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria, including a short (up to ½ page) research proposal.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.