Research Fellow (Enabling Climate Change Adaptation)

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Sep 21, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0057022
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full time; Fixed-term
Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Salary: 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 Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
In 2021 the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences was formed within the Faculty of Science. The School combines discipline strength and expertise in Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and its research and teaching spans the social sciences through to the quantitative physical sciences. In addition to our internationally recognised discipline expertise, we have strength in a number of multidisciplinary areas including: climate change; resource futures; space, place and social change; environmental hazards; Indigenous knowledge; and Earth system interactions. Environmental change is an overarching theme of interest in the School, and is analysed with reference to both social and natural sciences.

The School is dedicated to achieving a better future for our students, societies and the environment.

About the Role
This position is to conduct research seeking to understand the enablers of best practice climate change adaptation in Australia. The position is to work on a project funded by the National Environmental Science Program Climate Systems Hub.

The project seeks to explain what enables ‘best practice’ adaptation in Australia. It has four stages: i. evaluating progress in the implementation of adaptation in Australia, ii. developing a framework to identify adaptation best practices, iii. identifying the enablers of adaptation best practices, and iv. partnering with on-ground practitioners to develop and test an approach to enabling adaptation. At its conclusion the project will publish a guide to approaches for best practice adaptation, including case studies demonstrating how these work in action.

The position involves the design of data collection activities, data collection with a range of partners across Australia, analysis and publication of results, project management and reporting, and supporting other members of the research team. The position will be based in the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and provides an excellent opportunity for the further development of a career in academic research.

Responsibilities include:

About You
You will possess an extensive knowledge of climate change adaptation and have the ability to conduct high quality research. You will have strong written and oral communication skills in English and have advanced analytical skills, project management skills, and a demonstrated capacity to write for both academic and policy audiences. Experience with research on project evaluation, or on governance processes is desirable but not essential.

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
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
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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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