Research Associate (Fish Ecology)

Updated: 25 days ago

Faculty of Science

School of Biological Sciences

NESP Northern Australia Hub

  • 2.5 year appointment
  • Salary range: Level A $67,352 - $91,397 p.a.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to 'innovate and inspire' there is no better time to join Western Australia's top University.

The Team

The School of Biological Sciences offers exciting coursework and research opportunities in animals and plants in the specific areas of ecology and conservation, evolutionary biology, neuroscience and science communication. 

The Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub is doing research to support sustainable development in northern Australia. Research is delivering new knowledge, tools and partnerships, and is organised around a number of issues-driven, regional case studies. These have been selected to ensure coverage of a wide range of issues and to ensure that the Hub operates across contrasting land uses and land tenures. The Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub is one of six hubs in the National Environmental Science Programme.

About the opportunity

Reporting to the Chief Investigator, you will liaise frequently with members of other NESP Fitzroy River projects being run by partner institutions (e.g. Griffith University, CSIRO). Funded by the National Environmental Science Program through the NERP Hub, you will work within a multidisciplinary team assessing impacts of land and water management on in-stream and riparian biota and on indigenous cultural and social values in northern Australia. Research will be undertaken in the Fitzroy River, Western Australia. This research will assist land managers to understand and manage the impacts of water resource development in northern Australia.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in freshwater fish ecology with experience in intermittent river ecology/metacommunity assembly; fish movement ecology; fish recruitment; food web ecology or environmental water requirements.
  • Experience in modern statistical and modelling tools
  • Track record of publication in high quality peer reviewed journals
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team

About you

Previous experience in electrofishing and boat handling as well as previous experience working in a remote/harsh field conditions, including off-road driving will be highly considered.

Closing date: Tuesday 18 April 2017

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria. 

Please see the position description prior to applying:   316308.pdf

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Advertised:21 Mar 2017 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close:18 Apr 2017 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time


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