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We're looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow (Snow Gum Dieback)

Postdoctoral Fellow (Snow Gum Dieback)

  • 550749
  • Canberra / ACT, ACT, Australia, 2601
  • Fixed Term
  • Closing on: Jun 8 2023

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $78,940 - $99,083 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed Term (up to 2 years)

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The Position 

A position is available for a Postdoctoral Fellow to quantify the above and belowground carbon and water dynamics in subalpine snow gum woodlands in the context of rapid dieback as related to biotic, abiotic, global changes, and landscape factors. Using a combination of field, laboratory, and computational techniques, the Postdoctoral Fellow will develop carbon and water budgets for subalpine catenas on a gradient of dieback using an existing network of environmental sensors, piezometers, flux towers, and climate manipulation experiments. The postdoctoral Fellow will augment this existing network with project specific experiments and measurements to identify and quantify key above and belowground processes disrupted by dieback. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with Investigators to incorporate snow gum carbon and water dynamics into the LPJ-GUESS ecosystem modelling framework to contribute to the prediction of future dieback trajectories.

This research will be carried out as part of a multidisciplinary team in collaboration with Save Our Snow Gums, the ANU Research School of Biology and Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Western Sydney University, and Partner agencies in NSW, ACT, and VIC.

The Person 
We are looking for a qualified person with a PhD in Biogeochemistry, Biology, Geography, or similar field who can contribute in a multidisciplinary team environment but also work independently. A strong background in terrestrial biogeochemistry and land-atmosphere interactions with extensive knowledge of carbon and water cycling is highly desirable. Understanding of trace gas flux measurement using eddy covariance and chamber methods is required. The candidate will have demonstrated skills collecting, analysing, interpreting, and publishing complex environmental datasets. The candidate must have experience designing and implementing experiments in remote field environments and have a high level of comfort in rugged mountain conditions. Research experience in snowy systems is ideal but not required. We prefer a candidate with past experience using land-surface models, though this is not required.  We expect the candidate to provide positive contributions to the academic and technical exchange of knowledge in the lab group including supervision of PhD and Honours students, leading discussions at lab meetings, and presenting findings at lab meetings/school functions on occasion. Opportunities to develop teaching experience may also be available but are not required.

For more information about the position please contact Professor Adrienne Nicotra

To Apply
To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents:

  • A cover letter (max 1 page),
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), and
  • A summary addressing your suitability against the selection criteria (max 2 pages)

The committee will consider candidates that do not meet one or more aspects of the selection criteria.

If shortlisted, candidates will be asked to complete:

  • An interview including a short presentation.
  • Additional work tasks may be included

If you require adjustments to participate in any of the above assessments, please contact our HR team at E: or T: +61 2 6125 3360. 
Any adjustment request or the disclosure of disability will not be communicated to the selection committee without the candidates consent and it will not having any bearing on hiring decisions. 

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Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.


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