Positions Available

If you are interested in any of the positions below please write to me at:

Melodie McGeoch – M.McGeoch@LaTrobe.edu.au

Please note that all positions are subject to Covid-19 – related employment compliance arrangements.

Positions available now:

  1. Postdoctoral FellowModelling biodiversity status and trends: Antarctica in a global context 
  2. Research AssistantBiodiversity Informatics
  3. PhDA sustainable monitoring system for invasive alien species in Australia

 


1. Modelling biodiversity status and trends: Antarctica in a global context

Level A_6 – Postdoctoral Fellow

Full-Time (1.0 FTE), Fixed-Term (3 years)

Details – Postdoctoral Research Officer, La Trobe University

Apply for an opportunity to work with an international, interdisciplinary, Australia-based research program to produce transformative insights about the structure, function, drivers and future of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. Outcomes will inform spatiotemporal planning for conservation and will provide a scientific basis for leading environmental stewardship.

SAEF (Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future) is an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative to strengthen Antarctic science, policy and governance at a time of rapid environmental and geopolitical change – https://arcsaef.com/

Position details:

  • The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field, an excellent publication record, significant biodiversity modelling skills, knowledge of and experience with biodiversity informatics and big data handling, evidence of successful, self-led collaboration, and have an interest in the Antarctic.
  • A background in Antarctic science is not a requirement.
  • The initial 3-year position has potential for renewal for an additional term based on performance.
  • The position is based at LaTrobe University (Melbourne campus), working closely with the SAEF program (headoffice at Monash University) and the Australian Antarctic Division (Hobart), and opportunity to work with the GEO BON community (https://geobon.org).
  • This position is now open for recruiting to be filled by the 4thquarter of 2021.

For further information please forward your c.v. and a letter outlining your interst in the position to:

Prof. Melodie McGeoch: m.mcgeoch@latrobe.edu.au


2. Research Assistant: Biodiversity Informatics

Higher Education Officer Level 5 (HEO5_1)

Part-time (FTE 0.6), Fixed term (3 Years)

Details – Research Assistant, Biodiversity Informatics, La Trobe University

This Research Assistant position in Biodiversity Informatics will work on current and ongoing research projects involving specialized environmental and biodiversity data science work with Prof. McGeoch’s research group, with a particular focus on SAEF research.

SAEF (Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future) is an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative to strengthen Antarctic science, policy and governance at a time of rapid environmental and geopolitical change – https://arcsaef.com/

Primary responsibility will be data analytics, production of graphics and reporting, working predominantly with biodiversity data. Secondary responsibilities include general research group support, such as social media management, purchasing, logistics and organisation. Suitable candidates will have skills and experience in data science to collate, synthesize and analyse biodiversity and environmental data and to build and manage environmental and biodiversity information systems. They will have a high level of analytical, statistical and programming skills in R, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills. One or more of the following will be an advantage: familiarity with biodiversity data and biodiversity informatics, nomeclature and systematics, use of Python.

Position details:

  • The successful candidate will have a Bachelor qualification in a relevant field and experience in the fields of data science and biodiversity, the ability to synthesise and analyse biodiversity and environmental data and to build and manage environmental and biodiversity information systems, plus an interest in the Antarctic.
  • The position is based at LaTrobe University (Melbourne campus), Australia
  • This position is now open for recruiting to be filled by the 4thquarter of 2021.

For further information please forward your c.v. and a letter outlining your interst in the position to:  Prof. Melodie McGeoch: m.mcgeoch@latrobe.edu.au (melodiemcgeoch.com)

 


 

3. PhD – A sustainable monitoring system for invasive alien species in Australia

Principal supervisor: Melodie McGeoch

Status: This position is open to applicants

Start Date: 2020/2021

One of the key challenges with managing invasive alien species once they have arrived and established in a country, is monitoring their spread. The information obtained from monitoring is needed to quickly identify newly invaded localities so the weed or pest can be eradicated, or to identify priority areas that it is expanding into so that the invader can be contained. Australia does not yet have a nation-wide monitoring program for invasive alien species. This PhD research project will combine citizen science, data science and information on species distributions to develop a monitoring approach and indicators for tracking priority invaders in Australia.

Candidate requirements: The successful candidate will have majored in ecology, have a working knowledge of R and a background and interest in statistics/data analysis.

If you are interested in this position, please contact me at m.mcgeoch@latrobe.edu.au with:

  • A statement of your interest in the PhD project
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Copies of academic record