Research Fellow - Ecophysiology & Urban Ecology

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

Job Description:

Job no: 0057711
Location: Burnley
Role type:
Full time - Fixed-term for two years
Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Ecosystem and Forest 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 Faculty of Science

Science at the University of Melbourne is the most highly ranked Faculty of Science in Australia*. Science is defined by its research excellence in the physical and life sciences and is at the forefront of research addressing major societal issues from climate change to disease. Our discoveries help build an understanding of the world around us.

We have over 150 years of experience in pioneering scientific thinking and analysis, leading to outstanding teaching and learning and offer a curriculum based on highly relevant research, which empowers our STEM students and graduates to understand and address complexities that impact real world issues and the challenges of tomorrow.

We aspire to engage the broader community with the impact that Science has on our everyday lives. Through the strength of our internships and research project offerings, our students are provided opportunities to engage with industry partners to solve real-world issues.

About the Role
The position involves working with researchers in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences (SEFS) at the University of Melbourne to examine tree and shrub responses to drought and disturbance (coppicing) as part of the Woody Meadow Project, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project. Woody Meadows are highly diverse plantings of trees and shrubs which are managed by coppicing to promote flowering and reduce maintenance through dense canopies. The project has established a network of woody meadows across Melbourne and aims to identify species responses to different site conditions, planting arrangement/design and maintenance regimes.

The Research Fellow will be responsible for a large polytunnel experiment determining the response of tree and shrub species to the effects of water availability on the ability of trees and shrubs to resprout after coppicing. This includes physiological and trait measurements in the polytunnel experiment and surveying the success, composition and structure of Woody Meadow plantings across Greater Melbourne. The appointee will also be responsible for maintaining experiments and equipment, data analysis, the production and communication of research outputs and assist with industry engagement.

Responsibilities include:

About You
You will bring strong communication skills, both oral and written. You will show excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work as part of a diverse team. You will have the ability to engage positively and productively with a range of stakeholders. Experience in urban horticulture is not a requirement for the position but the applicant will be expected to apply their expertise in ecology or a related discipline to this exciting field of research.

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.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

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
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

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Be Yourself
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

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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