Research Fellow, Forest industries Research Centre

Sippy Downs, Australia
11 May 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Description

Salary Level: Classification Level A (Salary range A$66,754 to A$90,389 gross per annum plus up to 9.5% employer superannuation contributions)

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

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 Forestry

Australia’s unique forests and plantations provide a sustainable resource base for the forestry sector. The industry contributes over $2.2 billion of economic turnover each year and employs over 75,000 people.  Close to 1.6 billion people – more than 25% of the world’s population – rely on forest resources for the livelihoods and most of them (1.2 billion) use trees on farms to generate food and cash. Moreover, many countries in the developing world draw on fuelwood to meet as much as 90% of energy requirements.

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: Forest industry consortium pesticide research, chemical registration, industry and community education and chemical use and application regulation advice consortium.

Maintaining and improving the productive capacity of the Australian Forest Industry is dependent on the ability of forest growers to minimize the impacts of weed competition and insect attack. The most economical and time effective method of achieving this goal is via the use of pesticides, specifically herbicides and insecticides. Due to the very small size of the forestry chemical market (*$20 million of the national chemical bill of $1.8 Billion in 2005 -06 and $1.6 Billion in 2006 -07) very little forestry specific research effort has been expended by chemical manufacturers on maintaining the registration of currently registered products or seeking new chemistry and chemical solutions which can provide effective pest control while also providing a more socially acceptable reduced environmental foot print.

The forest industry is committed to a consortium which can conduct and coordinate forestry specific pesticide research with any and all chemical manufacturers from the point of initial field trials to full label registration and provide advice and representation to the APVMA and state regulators. Most plantation companies are AFS and/or FSC certified and have committed to minimizing chemical usage and to identify alternatives chemicals or solutions utilizing research to demonstrate the minimization, new developments or potential alternatives. The proposed consortium will provide a certification framework for pesticide use which can link to accreditation such as AFS or FSC and provide knowledge transfer to consortium members, small growers and the public to facilitate best practice which optimizes productivity while minimizing the environmental and social risk.

Position Description

The Research Fellow will be an integral member of the Herbicide Consortium research project and will need to understand: weed identification; weed management; and use of chemicals in weed management. The Research Fellow will need to develop tools to assist consortium members, small growers, industry and the public to facilitate best practice in optimizing productivity in managing weeds, identifying weeds and chemical use in weed management, while minimizing the environmental and social impacts.

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, Wednesday 13 June 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.