Research Fellow in Environmental Social Science

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Apr 27, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0054548
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Part time (0.8 FTE); Fixed term from July 2022 to June 2024
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
Academic Level A – $75,289 - $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university, and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences

The School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences (SEFS) is Australia’s premier research and education provider dedicated to the study of ecosystem processes, sustainable land management, and environmental social science in forest and other ecosystems, covering the full range from natural to highly urbanised systems. SEFS combines expertise in the biological and physical sciences with environmental social science to provide research and teaching of applied ecosystem science that is relevant to society, delivering innovative solutions to the environmental issues faced by a rapidly growing global community. Our work spans from molecular to ecosystem scales, from technology to sociology, and from city to wilderness.

Established research strengths include ‘Integrated Forest Ecosystem Research’, ‘Bushfire Science’, ‘Urban Horticulture and Landscape Management’ and ‘Ecohydrology’. SEFS features significant cross-institutional collaborations and engagement activities with many industries throughout Australia and South-east Asia.

As a School we provide leadership in applied sciences through our Postgraduate Coursework degrees, the ‘Master of Ecosystem Management and Conservation’ (MEMaC), ‘Master of Science (Ecosystem Science)’ and the ‘Master of Urban Horticulture’ (MUH). Our Graduate Certificates and Diplomas in ‘Bushfire Planning and Management’, ‘Forest Systems Management’, ‘Garden Design’, ‘Arboriculture’ and ‘Green Roofs and Walls’ provide individuals working in industry with opportunities for intensive and career-directed learning and skills development.

As one of seven Schools within the Faculty of Science, SEFS operates from three locations:

Our extensive teaching and research facilities at all three campuses are complemented by a number of long-term field research sites including ‘Long Term Fire Effects Study Areas’ established in the 1980s, the Little Stringybark Creek urban catchment experiment, and a ‘Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network Super Site’ in the Wombat State Forest, close to Creswick, which represent a significant strength of the new School.

About the Role

Collaborative practice is key to successful interdisciplinary projects that work in complex social ecological challenges, such as the restoration of tropical peatlands in Indonesia. Restoration brings together multiple disciplinary foci, expertise, worldviews, and forms of knowledge that need practices for integration and collaboration.

Join the Environmental Social Science team in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne to develop and implement a collaborative, interdisciplinary process working with a team of academic, government, private industry and NGO partners across Australia and Indonesia. The position comprises process development and implementation, data analysis and manuscript preparation, field work in Indonesia and science communication. Regular engagement with researchers and local practitioners will support tropical peatland restoration. Highly motivated environmental social scientists with an emerging publication record and a strong desire to make a difference are encouraged to apply.

About you:

Minimum Qualifications Required: PhD

Skills and Experience required to fulfil the position:

Benefits of Working with Us

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