Research Associate

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job Reference: 1034817


ARC Training Centre for Healing Country 


Healing Country’

) builds a robust science-business interface that links Indigenous Australians to vibrant and resilient businesses in revegetation of damaged lands that reconnects communities to healthy soils and landscapes to create ongoing financial independence through the carbon economy, honey production, seed supply, cultural species development and restoration services. The Centre’s layered training framework will ensure future Indigenous practitioners and emerging leaders can continue to deliver cost-effective restoration business solutions at the scale and diversity required to service future demand.

Your new role

You will be responsible for a program of research that addresses restoration needs of Indigenous research-users and might encompasses a diverse range of field, laboratory, glasshouse, and computer-based experimental research to deliver biodiverse, functional restoration, including:

  • Experimental design incorporating soil-plant-microbe feedbacks.
  • Characterisation of soil carbon dynamics using modern soil analytical methods.
  • Characterisation of above and below-ground biological diversity using modern molecular methods and interpretation, including links to ecosystem function.
  • Development and use of empirical and physically based models to inform design of restoration projects.

Based on this enhanced understanding, solutions for restoration will then be developed through assessing a broad range of business-ready options through active links to the Socio-economics node, partner organisations and other restoration organisations.

The position is based in Perth at Curtin University, in association with the Soil & Landscape Science Group (, other Healing Country CIs and Murdoch University. You will make a substantial contribution to the research of Healing Country, the School, and Curtin University to collaborate and partner with Indigenous research users and liaise with industry partners in the Healing Country network. Furthermore, you will develop and maintain a research profile at national and international levels and be involved in post-graduate student supervision.

You will require current work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role.

Visa sponsorship and relocation may be considered.

To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Vanessa MacDonald, Business Manager on 08 9266 2890 or

About us
Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus also includes an art gallery, gym, childcare, medical centre, and endless food options.

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Join us!

Your application should include a cover letter, your CV and separate document directly addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

Selection Criteria: 

  • Doctoral qualification in in soil science, ecology, or a related field.
  • Experience in soil ecology and biogeochemistry, with a keen interest in developing an understanding of the soil-plant-microbe ecosystem.
  • Excellent aptitude for communication and scientific writing.
  • Demonstrable ability to perform statistical analyses and proficient computer software skills with scripting languages such as R, Python.
  • Ability to build and sustain diverse research networks.
  • A high-level of Indigenous cultural competency and the ability to communicate effectively with Indigenous research-users.

Knowledge of restoration principles and experience in the application of science to soil and ecological restoration practice is highly desirable. 

Although not essential, this role would be well-suited to an Indigenous Australian who has previous experience working with indigenous communities and industry professionals.

In line with Curtin’s 2030 Strategic Plan, Curtin University is committed to optimising employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In an effort to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait representation in the University, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this role, pursuant to Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).
Applications close: Wednesday, 13th September 2023 at 10PM AWST
Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1) or

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies.

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