Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Job no: 492667
Work type: Full time
Categories: Academic - Research Focus
This post-doctoral position is offered jointly between the Dynamics of Eco-Evolutionary Patterns (DEEP) research group and the University of Tasmania Node of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).
The DEEP research group studies ecological and evolutionary dynamics, global change, and conservation biology. The ARC Centre for Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) node at the University of Tasmania seeks to uncover how Australia’s animals and plants responded to climate and landscape changes and human impacts over thousands of years, as well as combine diverse results from other theme, using statistical and computational methods to quantify uncertainty and model complex interactions.
In the role you will:
- Undertake research on the processes responsible for the changes to Australia’s unique biodiversity and heritage, to explore and determine threats to faunal and floral biodiversity caused by regional and global change. The research methods will use historical archives, field data (including primary sample collection and pattern mapping), machine learning on ‘big data’ and simulation-model-based stochastic forecasts.
- Analyse national- or regional level datasets to assess the geographic timing of human presence and the impacts of people on Australian species, the timing or extent of major changes in climate and fire regimes, and assessment of how landscapes and biota responded to these drivers. Explore the consequences of paleo-environmental scenarios, supported by syntheses and models, to forecast how lessons of past environmental shifts can be used to inform adaptation to future environmental change.
- Prepare and publish scientific papers, including effective liaison and communication with research collaborators and stakeholders.
- Contribute to the preparation of progress reports to supervisors and research partners, ensuring reporting obligations to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage grant and Australian Research Council are met, and recommendations on future directions for the focal research are provided.
- Present results of the research at relevant national and international meetings.
- Participate in the supervision of Honours and postgraduate-level research projects.
- Participate in team-based research support, such as preparation of databases, code, scripts and file management, as relevant to specific project needs.
- Undertake other relevant duties as assigned by the supervisor(s).
Based in Hobart you will be employed on a full-time fixed-term basis, for a period of 2 years.
To be considered, you will have:
- A PhD in conservation biology, palaeontology, ecology, evolution, environmental change, modelling, or a related discipline.
- Capacity to undertake statistical analysis, such as generalised linear models, machine learning and multi-model inference, with likelihood or Bayesian inference.
- Knowledge and experience of statistical, scripting and modelling software.
- Experience in implementation of logistically challenging tasks, including robust study design, literature synthesis, data collection and database management.
- Demonstrated, well-developed written and oral communication skills, including multiple first-author publications in refereed journals.
- Ability to work as a part of a team to collaboratively write and co-publish scientific papers and work on joint research projects.
Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A and will have a total remuneration package of up to $105,535 comprising of a base salary within the range of $66,785 to $90,116 plus 17% superannuation.
For further information about this position please contact Dr Jessie Buettel, Research Fellow in Conservation Biology, Jessie.Buettel@utas.edu.au / 0457 666 016.
**Please note, your application must as a minimum include your resume, a cover letter and your responses to the position/selection criteria in one document.
Applications close Friday 31 August 2018 at 11:55pm
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