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Graduate Research Assistant (Riparian Ecology)

Job no: 499025
Work type: full-time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Research support

Faculty of Science

School of Biological Sciences

NESP Northern Australia Hub

  • Be part of collaborative team and contribute to a key research area in land management activities 
  • 2 year appointment
  • Salary range: Level 5 $67,114 - $74,624 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

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.

Funded by the National Environmental Science Program and the Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC, this position will work within collaborative research teams focused on studying the links between land management and river health in northern Australia. Research will be undertaken in the Fitzroy River, Kimberley region, and Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, and Cape York, Queensland.

About the opportunity

Reporting to the Chief Investigator, Associate Professor Samantha Setterfield, the successful appointee will be co-supervised by Professor Michael Douglas and working closely with key senior research member and other NESP partner institutions.

This research will assist land managers to understand and manage the impacts of land management activities, particularly water extraction and fire management, on the ecology and function of riparian vegetation. The position will require significant amounts of time in northern Australia.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Relevant degree qualification with subsequent relevant experience and/or an equivalent in the areas of Ecology or Environmental Science
  • Experience in ecological field research, particularly in plant ecology
  • Ability to undertake laboratory analysis with accuracy and precision in the field of plant ecology/plant sciences
  • Ability to undertake basic statistical analysis and graphical presentation of ecological data
  • Experience in GIS/Spatial Analysis

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. 

About you

The successful appointee will have experience working in a remote and harsh field conditions, including competency in driving 4WD vehicles. You will also be willing to undertake regular interstate travel and carry out fieldwork in remote locations. Plant taxonomic or plant identification training will be highly considered.

Closing date: Sunday 20 August 2017

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

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

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File 316565.pdf

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.


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