Research Assistant

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 15 Sep 2020

Job no:504550
Work type:Fixed term - Part-time
Categories:Faculty of Sciences, Technical, Laboratory and Research Support, HEO4

(HEO4) $64,001 to $70,151 (pro-rata) per annum plus an employer contribution of 9.5% superannuation will apply.

The University of Adelaide Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021 will apply to a successful candidate’s employment at the University.  The University recently temporarily varied its Enterprise Agreement.  Please be advised that the salary range, along with other conditions associated with this position, may change in accordance with the variation to the Enterprise Agreement.

Fixed-term, part-time position at 18.38 hours per  (0.5FTE) week for 12 months

Seeking a research assistant to join our interdisciplinary team investigating the aquatic plant community of Coorong South Lagoon with the goal to improve the ecological health of the ecosystem.

This research is being supported by a commitment to restore a healthy Coorong, announced by the Australian and South Australian governments in December 2018 as a component of Project Coorong . This project is being delivered through a partnership between the Goyder Institute for Water Research, the Department for Environment and Water (DEW), The University of Adelaide School of Biological Sciences, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Aquatic Sciences Research Division, Flinders University and the University of Western Australia.

The focus of research, “Investigating the drivers and control of filamentous algae and restoration of aquatic plants in the Coorong” to be supported by the research assistant will focus on the primary producers in the Coorong South Lagoon including Ruppia and other aquatic plants, filamentous algae, water column and benthic primary producers and other components of the microbial community. This applied research aims to lead to reducing filamentous and water column algal growth in the southern Coorong and to restore Ruppia distribution and abundance improving the overall ecological health of the Coorong.

The research assistant will work with other team members to undertake field and laboratory surveys (occasionally for days at a time), field and laboratory experiments and the collection of primary biological and environmental data. The position will be responsible for sample collection, storage, processing, data entry and data quality control often working independently. The research assistant will support team engagement, workshops and reporting to funding bodies with project lead Professor Michelle Waycott.

To be successful you will need:

  • Evidence of being able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of situations including laboratory, field and workshop situations and a willingness to present work to external audiences.
  • Ability to adapt to new data entry and simple data analysis software and a demonstrated ability to interpret and analyse data.
  • Ability to work productively and harmoniously in a team environment, and willingness to help others achieve project/experimental objectives.
  • Evidence of experience in marine and/or aquatic plant field and laboratory research and/or monitoring.
  • Proficiency and confidence to drive a manual vehicle (essential) whilst four wheel drive training is also desirable.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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The Faculty of Sciences is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.

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Click on the 'Apply Now' button to be taken through to our online application form. Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all of the selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 15 September 2020.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Michelle Waycott
School of Biological Sciences
P: +61 (8) 8222 9416

For a confidential discussion regarding the recruitment this position, contact:

Mr Bill Savas
HR Coordinator | Faculty of Sciences
P: +61 (8) 8313 3170

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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