Research Associate, Gouldian Finch

Darwin, Australia
21 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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  • $63,065 - $113,329 per annum 
  • Fixed term fulltime appointment 2.5 years
  • 6 weeks annual leave plus 17 percent superannuation 

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a dynamic regional university, with its main campus in Darwin and other campuses and learning centres throughout the Northern Territory, Sydney and Melbourne. Globally recognised in the top 2 percent of world-leading universities and in the top 100 Universities worldwide under 50 years of age, CDU is known for the quality of its research and teaching, blending mixes of online and face to face teaching. 

The Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) is a Tier One research institute within the School of Environment that consolidates CDU’s environmental research and postgraduate training across the natural, social and spatial sciences. RIEL offers excellence in research, scoring at or above world class in seven discipline areas in the Commonwealth Government’s 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia initiative.

The Movement and Landscape Ecology Laboratory (MLE-lab) sits within RIEL and specialises in the application of novel technologies and analysis techniques for the study of animal movement. The lab’s current research encompasses a diverse range of projects in the marine and terrestrial environments. 

RIEL is seeking a highly motivated researcher to undertake ecological studies upon the highly mobile Gouldian finch within the Kimberly region of Northern Australia. The successful applicant will investigate the role fire plays on the movement ecology of this endangered species, and the consequential impact upon breeding success. Duties include, the development and deployment of an automated biotelemetry system, the use of remotely piloted aircraft to collect environmental data, and the integration, analysis, and modelling of these data types.

The project is funded by the Australian Research Council in partnership with Save the Gouldian the Kimberley Land Council, World Wildlife Fund and the National Drones Institute of Australia.

To be successful in this position ideally you will possess: 

  • A PhD in ecology and /or relevant experience in animal movement analysis and modelling. 
  • Capacity to lead and initiate high level research projects in remote environments 
  • Skills in the management and analysis of biotelemetry data, environmental information and spatial modelling 
  • Published contributions in in the fields of Animal Ecology/Movement Ecology/Landscape Ecology/Conservation Biology. 

Applications Close: 22 March 2018

For further information about the position contact Dr Hamish Campbell , Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science on (08) 8946 6017 or e-mail

Statement of Claim:

Attention Applicants: It is a requirement of this selection process that applicants provide a Current Resume / CV, a Statement of Claim addressing the Selection Competencies as listed in the Position Profile.

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Charles Darwin University embraces diversity and the innovative ideas, perspectives and experiences our diverse workforce contributes. As a leading employer within the Northern Territory, Charles Darwin University is committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve their career aspirations. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.