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ARC Grant-Funded Researcher (A), School of Biological Sciences

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Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Location: Adelaide
Categories: Faculty of Sciences, Level A

  • Lead development
  • Join the ranks to save endangered species & ecosystems
  • Computational Ecology

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global wellbeing.

The Faculty of Sciences is one of five faculties at the University of Adelaide. As the first university in Australia to grant degrees in science (1882), science has long been at the cornerstone of the institution and this continues today. As a research and education leader in fields such as biomedical sciences, agricultural, environmental and earth sciences, and photonics, the faculty offers an exciting and innovative work environment.

The School of Biological Sciences is one of four schools in the Faculty of Sciences. Located at the University's North Terrace campus, the school consists of approximately 600 people including research, teaching and professional staff, and students in honours and research. The school was formed in 2015 to coordinate and consolidate the University's cutting edge and world-class research and teaching in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Molecular & Biomedical Science

Two Australian Research Council (ARC) grants are currently seeking an ARC Grant Funded Researcher to lead the development of a computational framework for reconstructing species’ range dynamics using spatially explicit demographic simulation models and ecological information from fossils and species’ genes.  The resulting computational architecture will help to establish how past changes in climate, land-use and exploitation (and their interactions) have influenced the rate, strength and outcome of ecological processes of range movement and extinction; providing innovative solutions for protecting endangered species and ecosystems facing severe challenges in the 21st century.

The ARC Grant Funded Researcher will develop open-source software that can replicate the rate, strength and outcome of ecological processes that have driven range movements and regional and range-wide extinctions of large vertebrates over the last 21,000 years; and apply the open-source software to key case studies in Eurasia and Australia. Supervision and mentoring will be provided by staff at the University of Adelaide, University of Tasmania and through the ARC Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity and Heritage.

Salary: (Level A) $67,894 - $91,425 per annum.

Superannuation: A minimum employer contribution of 9.5% applies.

Term of position: This fixed-term position is available immediately for a period of 1.5 years.

Position requirements:

  • A strong publication record in the relevant peer-reviewed literature
  • Experience with building spatially explicit simulation models
  • Computational and analytical programming skills
  • A good knowledge of advanced statistical languages such as R or Matlab; and programming languages such Delphi, Python, C#, C++, Java, or similar object-oriented high-level programming languages

Desirable Characteristics:

  • A PhD and research experience in quantitative ecology
  • Experience with metapopulation models and/or individual based models
  • Knowledge of Bayesian methods, including Approximate Bayesian Computation
  • An interest in global change ecology, paleoecology or conservation biology
  • Experience working with geographic information systems


  • A degree in Computational Science, Applied Mathematics or a related discipline

Please address and upload your responses to the selection criteria within the online application. If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact Dr Damien Fordham, ph (08) 8313 36711, email:; Prof. Barry Brook  (03) 6226 2655, email:; or Prof. Chris Johnson (03) 6226 6634

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Closing Date: 11.55pm, 26 October 2018

 The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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