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Robson and Robertson Research Fellow

Job no: 499028
Work type: full-time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Science, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

UWA Oceans Institute

  • 5 year fixed term appointment
  • Level B position: $96,210 - $114,250 per annum

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top Australian universities and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.

About the work area

The UWA Oceans Institute brings together the strength of UWA’s marine researchers into a multidisciplinary, integrated research focus. The goal is to capitalise on UWA’s existing research strengths – in areas such as oceanography, ecology, engineering, resource management, and governance – and utilise them to deliver solutions to the challenges facing our oceans (

Former UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson, and former Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Initiatives, Professor Alistar Robertson, were strong supporters of the UWA Oceans Institute. This Fellowship is in recognition of their contributions to the establishment of the Institute and their commitment to its early successes.

The role

The position will take a lead role in one of three research themes in marine research below.  The focus of the position is to  provide impactful research to enhance marine conservation and aquaculture development throughout the Indian Ocean region, contributing to the blue economy agenda and supporting food security in the region.

  1. Marine Conservation

This research program should focus on supporting the sustainable development of the blue economy agenda including multidisciplinary approach incorporating marine spatial planning and management – taking into account multiple uses of the ocean, outcomes of marine protected areas, the importance of nurseries, and the economics of marine conservation.

  1. Aquaculture

This research program will focus on environmental and economic sustainability of large-scale open ocean aquaculture or land-based aquaculture (not fish ranching) with particular reference to Australia.  The program may include assessment of key factor of species selection, feed provision, engineering issues and environmental health and monitoring.

  1. Genetics

This research program will focus on nutrition and growth rates, reproduction, disease and environmental challenges, selective pressure of exploitation to improve the viability of aquaculture production.

The researchers will be responsible for their program, including research design, field work, effective team collaboration and liaising with external stakeholders.

To be considered for this position you will need to demonstrate:

  • A PhD in engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics, physiology, biology, or similar; or equivalent industry experience.
  • Independent research skills as evidenced by a track record of research publication relative to opportunity.
  • Experience in working as a team player, preferably within a cross-disciplinary team.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills in the preparation of high-quality reports, presentations and publications.
  • An ability and willingness to direct and supervise Masters and PhD students.
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines.

Closing date: 7 August 2017

This position is open to international applicants.

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

Interested applicants should read the following advice carefully: the application should include a short resume and two page (maximum) statement of research interest addressing one (or several) of three marine research areas: (1) Marine Conservation; (2) Aquaculture;
(3) Genetics.

Please see the position description prior to applying:Download File 316551.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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