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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Plant Ecology

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Academic - Research Only / Fellowship

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

In Macquarie's Faculty of Science and Engineering you'll join passionate researchers and educators blazing new trails in the spirit of discovery and exploration. Encouraged to think boldly, and supported by some of Australia's most outstanding facilities, brilliant minds converge in our faculty to create incredible new possibilities: the world's first attempt to synthesize complex life, the creation of Wi-Fi, the discovery of dancing dwarf galaxies, and the development of blue LED light. Inspired by challenge and opportunity, we look forward to welcoming you as we imagine a new future together.

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About the Department

The Department of Biological Sciences is a vibrant and collegial community of teachers, researchers and students working across a wide range of biological disciplines. We are a leading research department, conducting research at all levels of biological organisation as well as across a diversity of taxa. Our areas of research strength are conservation biology, ecology, evolution and animal behaviour. Emerging areas of research strength are biosecurity (invasive pests and pathogens), urban ecology and climate change adaptation. For more information please visit

Green Cities Project

The Green Cities Project – which plant, where, when database for growing urban green space is a five-year project which will facilitate green cities by unlocking opportunities to develop sustainable and resilient urban green spaces. The successful applicant will work collaboratively in a team of researchers from Macquarie University and Western Sydney University and engage with the industry partners, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Horticultural Innovations Australia (HIA) and various stakeholders associated with the project.

About the Role 

The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking to appoint a talented Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the new Green Cities Project for a period of 2 years (full-time) with the possibility of an extension to undertake a programme of research that will identify suitable plant species under current and future climate scenarios for urban environments throughout Australia.

The successful applicant's role will include the following:

  1. Overall co-ordination of the research program under the guidance of the Chief Investigators
  2. Scientific engagement and communication with industry partners
  3. Management and implementation of glasshouse experiments and demonstration sites
  4. Preparation and presentation of scientific and technical reports
  5. Preparation of applications for funding

The successful applicant will be able to lead projects, engage with practioners in the area of horticulture, prepare reports detailing progress on milestones, communicate results at scientific and industry meetings, publish research in high-impact international journals and co-supervise research students. They should also have the ability to work with a team but also work independently.

The position would suit an Early Career Researcher with experience in urban ecology and biodiversity, plant ecology and ecophysiology and climate change as well as project managing experience. The role will require travel to state and regional centres.  

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position applications must respond to the selection criteria below and attach as a separate document in the application process.

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. biology, urban ecology) or a related field.
  • Experience in planning and managing projects.
  • Strong research track record with peer-reviewed publications
  • Knowledge of various plant species/varieties in different climatic context.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience building and managing partnerships and relationships.

Salary Package: from $68,324 - $92,000 (level A) to $96,970 – 114,732 (level B) p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed-term (2 years) with possibility of an extension

Specific Role Enquiries: Prof. Michelle Leishman on

General Role Enquiries: Diane Abinoja on

Applications Close: Friday, 17 March 2017 at 11:55pm AEST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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