Postdoctoral Fellow/Landscape Modeller

Sydney, Australia
23 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
23 May 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science

  • Research position focused on forest ecology in University of Sydney
  • Full-time, 3 Years Fixed-Term, with a possible extension
  • Academic Level A or B, Base Salary: $90,276 p.a. - $102,013 p.a. plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation. Visa sponsorship is available if required.

About the opportunity

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level A/B) to join our research team working on a project investigating optimisation of prescribed burning activities to achieve positive outcomes for water, carbon and vegetation while mitigating risk to human safety and property. This position is supported by funding from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and will be based at the University of Sydney. There will be a strong requirement to interact with state-based land management agencies for adoption of research outputs. Good opportunities for collaboration with investigators based elsewhere in Australia and internationally will also be available.

In this project you will develop tools that allow land managers to assess the carbon and water potential of forested catchments at appropriate scales that, coupled with vegetation and landform information, will allow development of well-informed plans for fuel reduction burning. This will involve refinement and testing of current models of tree- and soil-water storage using field data and design of a model of soil carbon dynamics based primarily on fuel load, fire intensity and landscape variability. Inclusion of vegetation and soil mapping information gathered using remote-sensing techniques will be incorporated to allow continual development of model accuracy.

It is expected that you will participate in publication of papers in peer-reviewed journals and in preparation of reports and presentations to fulfil funding milestones. You will be required to lead fieldwork in New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria and to explore the potential to collect data from other states.

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 and are seeking to recruit for a Postdoctoral Fellow (Landscape Modeller) Research Only role within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, who will be responsible to:

  • Develop spatially explicit models to predict and test the effects of fire on fuel load, carbon storage and water potential in different vegetation types at the landscape-scale based on a range of field measurements.
  • Demonstration of skills related to collection, management and analysis of field-based data and a valid Australian driver’s licence are critical.  
  • Independent research with limited supervision to be coupled with an ability to work as part of a team.
  • Proven record of excellent written and oral skills through a well-developed record of publications and presentations.
  • Evidence of management and manipulation of large data sets is essential. Good organisational skills are also essential.
  • Desirable attributes for this position include the ability to assist with supervising postgraduate and honours students and to contribute to teaching in undergraduate subjects.  

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow (Landscape Modeller) Research with:  

For appointment at level A you must have completed a PhD degree in a relevant field with a strong background in spatial landscape modelling. You must provide evidence of a developing publication record and be able to demonstrate your ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

In addition to this, for appointment at Level B you must provide evidence of a strong track-record in research with a well-developed publication record and presentation of your research in national or international forums. Evidence of supervision of undergraduate or postgraduate student research or research training will be taken into account for appointment at Level B.

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 500/0318/F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm 23 May 2018 (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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