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Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Modelling resilience and critical thresholds in sea grass systems

The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent international reputation which has been built over four decades at the University. With 35 academic staff, including 17 professors, the School provides quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries. The School conducts undergraduate teaching in the disciplines of chemical, biological, environmental and metellurgical engineering and teaches into postgraduate programs in growing fields including integrated water management and, energy studies. The School's project centred curriculum was recently chosen in a RAE & MIT study as one of six global exemplars in leading engineering education. UQ Chemical Engineering was ranked in the top 16 worldwide in the 2012 QS subject rankings for chemical engineering and was the top ranking school in Australia. It was also given the highest score awarded for chemical engineering in Australia in the recent ERA study.

The role

The successful applicant will model seagrass dynamics, in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team.  Seagrasses are a key indicator of ecological health in coastal waterways, and in decline worldwide due to a range of local, regional and global threats.  However redicting seagrass dynamics is difficult, due to interactions and feedbacks between natural and anthropogenic processes.  This project will develop and apply dynamic models of seagrass biomass across multiple scales, to identify critical thresholds for seagrass loss and recovery.  The researcher will join a team of interdisciplinary scientists spanning a number of institutions and organizations.  A range of modelling techniques will be applied within the study, including deterministic, statistical, qualitative and conceptual models.  The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to contribute to and develop other projects in the area of environmental modelling.

The person

Applicants must have a PhD in a suitable branch of environmental modelling.  The successful applicant will have demonstrated abilities for independent and critical thinking, experience in ecological modelling, excellent mathematical, statistical and analytic skills and the demonstrated ability to work effectively within multidisciplinary research teams. A documented record of successful modelling-based research, with a strong publication record in leading journals commensurate with opportunity and experience, is also required.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $72,443- $77,764 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of 17% (total package will be in the range $84,758 - $90,984 p.a.).


To discuss this role please contact Dr Kate O'brien at k.obrien@uq.edu.au

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

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