School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
Reference no. 1870/0918F
- Research position focused on fire and forest ecology in University of Sydney
- Full-time, 2 Years Fixed-Term, Located at Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh
- Academic Level A or B, Base Salary: $92,682 p.a. – $104,155 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 forests at a range of appropriate scales that, coupled with vegetation and landform information, will allow development of well-informed plans for prescribed burning. This will involve refinement and testing of new and 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.
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 for:
- Developing 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.
- Collection, management and analysis of field-based data. A valid Australian driver’s licence is critical.
- Independent research with limited supervision to be coupled with an ability to work as part of a team.
- Effective interaction with research users in state-based fire and land management agencies.
- Proven record of excellent written and oral skills through a well-developed record of publications and presentations.
- Management and manipulation of large data sets for modelling purposes. 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.
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.
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.
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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 sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 1870/0918F to apply.
Closing date: 11:30pm 30 October 2018 (Sydney Time)