Research Fellow in Evolutionary Biology

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Aug 3, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0056546
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full time; Fixed-term for 5 years
Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of BioSciences
Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the School of BioSciences

The School of BioSciences was formed in 2015 through the amalgamation of the School of Botany and the Departments of Genetics and Zoology, thus bringing together a critical mass of 160 Academic staff and 240 Research Higher Degree students undertaking world class teaching and research in the biological sciences. Academics within the School are aligned to four research clusters: Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Science; Genetics, Genomics and Development; Plant Science and Computational Biology. Through cross-disciplinary collaborations within the School and with external partners, the School is a major recipient of grant and contract funding.

The School is a major contributor to the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biomedical Science and the Environmental Science programs, its teaching program reflecting the research interests within the School

About the Role

The Research Fellow will be a member of the project team who will work on research that will provide new insight into how resistance evolves and is maintained in natural populations and may result in potential reduction in pesticide use with associated economic and biodiversity benefits.

This project aims to develop new approaches to mitigate resistance evolution by applying sexual selection theory to predict evolution of insecticide resistance in flies. A key assumption of current agriculture management strategies is that resistance carries fecundity or survival costs, but this is rarely demonstrated, especially in nature. Not all resistance mutations are novel; many represent pre-existing variants maintained by balancing selection, ie opposing effects in males and females, or by environmental fluctuations. This research will provide new insight into how resistance evolves and is maintained in natural populations and may result in potential reduction in pesticide use with associated economic and biodiversity benefits.

The School of BioSciences is located on the Parkville campus.

The project will involve:

About You

You will be a suitably qualified postdoc, with demonstrated experience in fly fitness assays, experience in insect husbandry, especially of Drosophila flies, and experience in experimental evolution studies. You will be able to demonstrate an aptitude for independent research, and a track-record of sound publication in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities. You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work co-operatively and positively in a multi-disciplinary research-based team environment and liaise with people from diverse backgrounds.

You will also have:

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

About the University

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If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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