Conservation jobs at the University of Adelaide

13 04 2010

I’m posting the advertisements for two new conservation jobs in the Global Ecology Group at the University of Adelaide.

This Australian Research Council-funded Discovery Project seeks to determine whether functional forms of spatially explicit population dynamics are generalisable across taxa with similar attributes and range limiting factors. By considering the effects of multiple interacting factors (biotic and abiotic) on the demographic determinants of species’ habitat suitability and geographic distributional limits, the research will provide a foundation on which to develop adaptive conservation strategies in response to the anticipated impacts of global change; examine the complexities and potentially irreducible uncertainties in forecasting and managing biodiversity; and identify limitations associated with different modelling approaches.

Position 1 – Postdoctoral Fellow

We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to be involved in statistical analysis of large databases, development of novel distribution and population modelling techniques, and a considerable amount of scenario development and sensitivity analysis.

You should have:

  • A PhD in ecology, conservation biology, applied mathematics or a related discipline
  • A strong publication record in the relevant peer-reviewed literature
  • Proficiency in statistical and spatial population modelling

Salary: (Level A) $64,805 – $69,563 per annum. Plus an employer superannuation contribution of 17% applies.

This fixed-term position is available immediately for a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension.

Position 2 – Research Associate

We are seeking a Research Associate who will be involved in strategic fieldwork to parameterise range dynamics models for macropods across the tropical savannas, collating relevant literature and database information on modelled species, estimating key demographic rates of focal species, assisting other project researchers in validating model projections and running simulations.

You should have:

  • A BSc with Honours degree (or equivalent) in ecology or conservation biology
  • Competency in statistical and spatial data analysis and data management
  • Ability to conduct field work in remote circumstances
  • Ability to write scientific reports to a professional standard
  • Evidence of time management and interpersonal skills

Salary: (Level A) $51,260 – $69,563 per annum. A minimum of $64,805 (Level A Step 6) per annum is payable to the holder of a PhD. Plus an employer superannuation contribution of 17% applies.

This fixed-term position is available immediately for a period of 1 year with the possibility of extension.

For both positions, please refer to the selection criteria or alternatively contact Dr Damien Fordham, ph (08) 8303 36711, email:

Closing date: 14 May 2010.

Your application should:

  • include your résumé/Curriculum Vitae
  • address the selection criteria
  • quote the relevant reference number
  • include residency status
  • include the names, addresses and/or email details of three referees

Email applications to or forward in duplicate to:

Dr Damien Fordham
Mawson Laboratories
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005

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