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Research Fellow in Spatial Ecology and Remote Sensing

Apply now Job no: 532128
Work type: Full-time
Location: Melbourne - Burwood
Categories: Research, Science

  • Based at our Burwood campus
  • Full-time and fixed term for 2 years
  • Level A $74,024 - $99,512 or Level B $104,619 - $123,739 + 17% Superannuation

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Cloud Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities. 

The role will operate within a collaborative team of researchers focused on understanding and responding to the impacts of global change on freshwater, coastal and ocean ecosystems. BCL’s overarching aim is to produce ‘Science for Impact’, offering innovative research solutions to help mitigate climate change and enhance our blue economy, while also supporting aquatic biodiversity, economic growth, and community wellbeing. BCL and its partners currently have research projects in over 30 countries, supported by a range of funding sources.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Undertake spatial analyses and modelling of blue carbon ecosystems and stocks.
  • Undertake and complete research projects under their responsibility to meet deadlines
  • Remain up to date with current literature and methods in the relevant areas.
  • Produce data, maintain data protocols, and record data into the Deakin’s online database.
  • Work with multidisciplinary teams of staff to undertake field work, data analyses and reporting with constrained timelines.
  • Prepare publications, reports, and engage a broader audience with other forms of communication (e.g., social media)
  • Liaise and work with a range of stakeholders including industry partners, government, philanthropic, scientists, Indigenous and non-Indigenous land managers, and landowners to undertake and communicate project
  • Attend meetings associated with the research project(s), such as BCL/ School meetings and/or membership of a limited number of Committees. 
  • Reporting of activities against identified milestones, and presentation of findings at seminars, workshops, and conferences.
  • Contributing to grant applications and reporting of results to funding agencies.

Key selection criteria for this role:

  • PhD in spatial ecology, remote sensing ecology, terrestrial GIS/remote sensing, marine science, or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in publishing peer-review research applying remove sensing, geographic information system (GIS) and statistical modelling techniques to spatial sample design, mapping, and modelling species, landscape and/or seascape data to inform ecosystem science.
  • Demonstrated experience in organising and delivering fieldwork campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting spatial analysis using coding languages (e.g., R, Phyton)
  • A research track record in remote sensing and spatial modelling applied to blue carbon and a demonstrated ability to plan, initiate, and lead high-quality research.
  • Ability to develop collaborative work in teams and to work effectively across disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated high-level organisation, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work both collaboratively in a research team, autonomously when required, and build effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills.


For a copy of the position description, please see below:

Download File PD_Spatial Ecology and Remote Sensing_BCL PD.pdf

Applications for this position close on the 3rd February 2023

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.

Please submit your resume, a short cover letter and responses to the Key Selection Criteria.

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

We understand that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse, and we recognise academic careers may be placed on hold throughout many life circumstances. Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality, as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.

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