Postdoctoral Research Associate in Spatial Soil Ecologist

Sydney, Australia
10 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Oct 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, and soil-plant-microbe interactions.

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:

  • To relate soil diversity (pedodiversity) and soil microbial diversity (biodiversity).
  • To identify factors that drive the spatial heterogeneity of richness and diversity of soil microorganisms.
  • To quantify the spatial distributions of soil microorganisms and relate it to soil distribution.

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 soil microbial analysis, especially biomolecular sequencing techniques. 
  • 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.

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.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

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

Closing date: 11:30pm 29 October 2017 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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