Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biological Sciences

Melbourne, Australia
02 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Convenient CBD Location
  • Full-Time, 12 month Fixed-Term Position
  • $92,815 - $110,220 p.a. + Superannuation

Our Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

The School of Science sits within the College of Science, Engineering and Health, and is a leader in fundamental and applied research, and has a very strong reputation for industry focused teaching. We deliver research that addresses key questions essential to Australia's innovation agenda. Our high-quality teaching programs inspire students to pursue careers in biological, chemical, computer, geospatial and mathematical sciences, physics and nano-science.

RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

The Role

The Australian government has proposed to release Cyprinid herpes virus 3 (CyHV-3) to control invasive common carp (Cyprinus carpio) in the Murray-Darling Basin of south-east Australia. The Research Fellow will work on a joint project between CSIRO and RMIT University funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), which will combine epidemiological, ecological and hydrological models to inform a possible CyHV3 release.

Your Responsibilities

The Research Fellow will design and analyse epidemiological models that predict the possible dynamics and spatial spread of the virus through the Murray Darling Basin carp population. This will inform risk maps of where and when large die offs of carp might occur and how such risks are affected by the timing and location of release. Common carp now represent up to 90% of the biomass in invaded waterways and mortality rates of 70-80% have been observed during outbreaks of CyHV-3 in the northern hemisphere. The deliberate release of CyHV-3 carries the risk that decomposition following mass-mortality of carp may lead to severe oxygen depletion from the water column and subsequent anoxic events. The FRDC has funded the development of hydrological, ecological and epidemiological modelling to determine what release strategies reduce the abundance of carp but minimise the risks of anoxia

Skills & Experience Required

The successful candidate will have an emerging track record and recognition for research outputs in the field of biological mathematics, along with demonstrated mathematics and computer programming skills. Such a candidate will preferably have experience in applying mathematical modelling techniques to model and understand the ecology of wildlife disease, or more broadly have experience modelling infectious disease dynamics, or population dynamics or fisheries. It is essential that the candidate has substantial experience with programming in R.

To Apply

For further information please contact Stephen Davis ( or to view a position description visit and search using job reference number 558779

Applications close on Thursday 30th November.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.