Graduate Research Assistant in Fish Ecology

Subiaco, Australia
01 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Science
School of Biological Sciences
NESP Northern Australia Hub

  • Join collaborative research teams and work with a diverse group of collaborators in this exciting opportunity!
  • 2 year appointment
  • Salary range: Level 5 $67,114 - $74,624 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

The team 

The School of Biological Sciences offers exciting coursework and research opportunities in animals and plants in the specific areas of ecology and conservation, evolutionary biology, neuroscience and science communication. 

Funded by the National Environmental Science Program, this position will work within collaborative research teams focused on studying the links between land management and river health in northern Australia. Research will be undertaken in the Fitzroy River, Kimberly region, and Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

About the opportunity

Reporting to the Chief Investigator, Professor Michael Douglas, the successful appointee will liaise frequently with senior members of the research team and other NESP Fitzroy River projects being run by partner institutions, such as Griffith University and CSIRO.

Research will primarily be undertaken in the Fitzroy River, Kimberley region. The research will assist land management agencies to understand the impact of water extraction, fire management, and other land management activities on the river ecology. Research will be conducted within multidisciplinary teams addressing gaps in understanding of the importance of water and rivers to Indigenous people and assessing impacts on in-stream and riparian biota and on the indigenous cultural and social values. The position will require significant amounts of time in northern Australia.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Relevant degree with subsequent relevant experience and/or an equivalent in the areas of Ecology or Environmental Science.
  • Experience in ecological field research, particularly in freshwater fish sampling and processing
  • Ability to undertake laboratory analysis with accuracy and precision in the field of aquatic ecology
  • Ability to undertake basic statistical analysis and graphical presentation of ecological data
  • Ability to use GIS

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria. 

About you

The successful appointee will have experience in field research in remote and/or tropical locations.  You will also have the willingness to undertake interstate travel with significant periods of fieldwork in remote locations. Fish taxonomic or identification training will be highly considered.

Closing date: Sunday 20 August 2017

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

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