Research Assistant in Computational Marine Ecology

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    The University of Queensland Sir Fred Schonell Dr
    st lucia, QLD, Australia Phone:
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School of Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences is part of the UQ Faculty of Science and delivers world-class research and teaching within a broad range of fundamental biological disciplines and is a vibrant and supportive community of life scientists.

Diverse investigations spanning microbe, animal and plant taxa are underpinned by a strong quantitative focus. Interdisciplinary research addresses key societal issues of conservation and biodiversity, food security, climate adaptation and vector biology, and areas of expertise include ecology and evolution, molecular and quantitative genetics, palaeobiology, developmental biology, behaviour, plant and animal physiology, and conservation biology.

Many of the School’s research and study opportunities feature terrestrial and marine fieldwork in some of the world’s most unique biodiversity hotspots, and its researchers and students have access to world-class laboratories and facilities, including UQ’s island research stations on Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef and North Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay.

For more information, visit the School of Biological Sciences’ website:

About This Opportunity

As part of a major research investment into the feasibility of coral reef restoration, the University of Queensland is partnering with QUT to explore the efficacy of rubble stabilisation methods. This position develops web-enabled software tools to help guide where restoration of rubble is likely to be feasible and worthwhile (e.g., where the environment prevents it stabilising naturally for long periods of time). The developer will partner with coral reef scientists, engineers, and GIS experts to create meaningful tools that integrate models and map appropriate locations for interventions. Tools might include Bayesian Belief Networks but other options will be considered.

This position is held within the Marine Spatial Ecology Lab (MSEL), which undertakes a diverse portfolio of research regarding coral reefs. Research areas include reef ecology, ecosystem resilience, decision-support for coral reef management, marine reserve functioning, marine reserve design, rebuilding reef fisheries, and connectivity both within and among tropical ecosystems. Our work combines field studies (principally in Palau, Micronesia), large scale observations, lab studies, and ecological modelling. Current projects are based on the Great Barrier Reef, Palau, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Belize, and the Antilles (Caribbean). The team comprises an academic lead, 8 post-docs, 8 PhD students, and a research support officer. For further information see MSEL is part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have considerable experience in creating software applications that map spatial data for public display and interrogation. It is critical that this includes processing of output from various ecological and physical models (e.g., using Bayesian Belief Networks). Excellent written and statistical skills are required and an interest in marine conservation and/or coral reefs is an advantage.

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position at HEW level 6 for two years but might be extended depending on funding. Start date expected to be 1st May 2021.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $80,784.26 - $86,768.42 depending on experience, plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

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To discuss this role please contact Peter Mumby: [email protected]

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  • Cover letter addressing key selection criteria
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