Research Fellow, Management

Sippy Downs, Australia
12 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Description

Salary Level: Classification Level A  (Salary range A$64,810 to A$87,757 gross per annum pro rata plus up to 9.5% employer superannuation contributions)

Appointment: Full-time, fixed-term (18 months)

USC Vision

USC will be a university of international standing, a driver of capacity building in the Sunshine Coast and broader region, and an unsurpassed community asset.

University Strategic Goals

The University will be:

  1. A comprehensive university of 20,000 students by 2020;
  2. Positioned in the global tertiary education community as a top-100 university under 50 years of age; and
  3. A primary engine of capacity building in the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.

Overview of Forest Industries Research Centre

Aim: Leading provider of applied, whole of supply chain, research for commercially managed plantations and forests.

Focus: Establish and grow strong collaborative research networks, nationally and internationally with industry, government and research partners.

Research areas:

  • optimised forest supply chain planning and management
  • biomass/bioenergy supply chain systems and management
  • subtropical forest and plantation management systems
  • forest industry pest and disease management including biological control
  • tropical and subtropical plantation species selection and breeding
  • plantation and regrowth timber processing-engineered wood products

Overview of the Research Project

Title: RD&E Program in Advanced Log and Woodchip Export Supply Chain Management for Australia. 

In 2015 Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) developed an investment plan to address the research, development and engagement needs and priorities for the Australian log and woodchip export industries. Through industry consultation with log and woodchip exporters’ key research opportunities, were identified and prioritized for both hardwood and softwood logs and woodchips.

The opportunities can largely be divided into two areas including phytosanitary issues and supply chain management issues. The proposed research, development and engagement (RD&E) program, focuses primarily on supply chain issues identified in the investment plan leveraging off existing expertise and project activity within the Australian Forest Operations Research Alliance (AFORA), hosted in the Forest Industries Research Centre (FIRC) at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

The project will be delivered across four key areas, equipment & operations, value & quality management, measurement & inventory management, and a phytosanitary best practice watch. Equipment & operations will focus on log and chip handling and ship loading technology aimed at minimising costs and maximising load density, including debarking solutions.

Value & quality management will focus on effective management of wood quality with log and woodchip storage in the supply chain. Measurement & inventory management will explore and develop improved methods for tracking and measuring logs and woodchips in the export supply chains and will look at both improved volume and wood quality measurements. Finally, a review will be provided to industry on current best practice in phytosanitary management for log and woodchip export with a technology watch bulletin on the issue throughout the project.

In addition to regular project reporting the project will have an emphasis on implementation trials of successful outcomes with industry and development of solutions integrated with current business and supply chain management systems.

Objective: Identify and implement innovative technology, methods and best practices for efficient and effective export log and woodchip supply chains in Australia

Contact for Further Information

Professor Mark Brown

Director, Forest Industries Research Centre

Faculty of Arts, Business and Law

Telephone: + 61 7 5459 4483


Closing Date

Midnight, Tuesday 20 February 2018

To Apply

All applicants MUST provide a statement that addresses each of the selection criteria contained within the position description and their resume/curriculum vitae. 

Information regarding how to prepare your application and effectively address selection criteria is available on our website information for applicants

As part of your role, you may be required to travel to any one of USC's locations.

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USC values diversity, enables access and promotes inclusion.

USC strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.