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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Quantitative Ecology

Job no: 500700
Salary (FTE): Academic Research Level A4 ($81,545.80 – $87,535.13)
Work type: Full Time – Fixed Term, two years in first instance
Location: University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane
Applications close: 16 July 2017


The School of Biological Sciences at The University of Queensland is part of the Faculty of Science and is one of the largest and most successful of its type in Australia. The School has broad expertise across ecology and evolution, molecular and quantitative genetics, paleobiology, developmental biology, behaviour, plant and animal physiology, and conservation biology. The School is home to one of the primary nodes of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. The ARC Centre of Excellence is a global leader in coral reef research, headquartered at James Cook University in partnership with the Australian National University, The University of Queensland, and the University of Western Australia and with leading research centres around the world.

We are seeking to fill a new Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in the Centre’s research program Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future. This program brings together ecologists, evolutionary biologists, geneticists, oceanographers and palaeontologists to examine the dynamics of reefs across the full spectrum of scales from population dynamics to macro-evolution. We are interested in recruiting someone who can bring new perspectives and approaches to these disciplines.

The role

The successful appointee will have access to some ongoing support, and will be encouraged to apply for his/her own research funding. There are opportunities to work with large data sets and to be part of research teams, to address individually-developed and collaboratively-generated research questions, and to supervise honours, masters and doctoral students.

We are seeking candidates with postdoctoral research interests in the long-term ecological dynamics of biological communities. The successful applicant will conduct empirical research into understanding the long-term ecological dynamics of reef coral communities using multiple large data sets at multiple temporal scales. As part of the Marine Palaeoecology Lab in the School of Biological Sciences and the ARC Centre of Excellence, the position duties are primarily related to the implementation of novel quantitative techniques applicable to time-series data that test fundamental ecological hypotheses in community

The person

Applicants should possess qualifications in relevant disciplines. Minimum qualifications are a doctoral degree in quantitative or statistical ecology or quantitative paleoecology. The ideal candidate would have a strong familiarity with time-series data and a strong grounding in quantitative ecology, knowledge of scripting languages such as Matlab and R, and experience with multivariate statistical and modelling methods. The successful applicant will develop innovative techniques to test ecological hypotheses based on species abundance data derived over multiple temporal scales (decadal through millennial). You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in quantitative ecology based on time-series, good general research skills, a strong methodological background, excellent statistical and analytic skills, very good writing abilities, and the capacity to work with multidisciplinary research teams. A strong publication record is expected.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Applications are also encouraged from women.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at Research Academic Level A for two years, with the possibility of an extension.

The remuneration package will be in the range $81,545 – $87,535 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $95,409 – $102,416 p.a.).

Position Description

500700_Postdoctoral Research Fellow.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Prof. John Pandolfi on j.pandolfi@uq.edu.au.

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

Applicants invited for interview may be expected to present a seminar in conjunction with the selection interview process.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Applications close: 16 Jul 2017 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time



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James Cook University Townsville
Queensland 4811 Australia

Phone: 61 7 4781 4000
Email: info@coralcoe.org.au