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Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Ecosystem Services

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management

The School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management is one of the largest Schools of this type in Australia with 37 full-time academic staff who are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds. It is a vibrant, multidisciplinary School with extensive teaching and research programs. The School has a strong international research profile with active Research Centres across its fields of expertise.

The role

The successful candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team on the ARC Discovery Project "Achieving Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Service Delivery: the Role of Landscape Structure" within the Landscape Ecology and Conservation Group and the Biophysical Remote Sensing Group in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management. The person will take a lead role in the project and focus on: (1) deriving biophysical parameters from high spatial resolution LiDAR and image data for mapping ecosystem services; and (2) modelling the spatial drivers of ecosystem services and biodiversity. There will be a strong emphasis on urban systems in conducting this work. The candidate will be expected to independently make conceptual advances in this area of research and actively publish their work in the peer-reviewed literature. The role will also involve the supervision of research students and active contribution to the activities of the Landscape Ecology and Conservation Group and the Biophysical Remote Sensing Group. 

The person

The ideal applicant will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and have excellent skills in advanced spatial analysis, preferably in the area of spatial statistics, and remote sensing techniques. Skills in the analysis of large spatial data sets and knowledge of concepts related to ecosystems services and biodiversity conservation are also important. Some experience conducting field work in native ecosystems will also be beneficial, but not essential. The person should have strong evidence of an ability to publish research in the peer-reviewed literature and in communicating their work outside of the scientific community. The applicant should enjoy working in a team setting, but also have the ability to work independently.


This is a full-time two year fixed term appointment at Academic Research Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $57,330 - $77,764 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $67,076 - $90,984 p.a.).


To discuss this role please contact Dr Jonathan Rhodes on +61 7 3365 6838 or j.rhodes@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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