Grant-Funded Researcher (B) - Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Job no: 503573
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Level B

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(Level B) $97,577 per annum plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply

Fixed-term position available for 2 years  

An exciting postdoctoral research position working at the forefront of plant growth predictive modelling 

We are seeking a researcher as part of a large interdisciplinary team working on digital agriculture. The overarching aim is optimising resource consumption (including water, chemical and energy) in the viticulture sector. It has been estimated that implementation of digital agriculture will increase the gross value of agricultural production by $20.3 billion (Leonard et al, 2017), translating to $706M for the grape and wine sector. The broader project will better align water application with quality/quantity/disease management targets, optimising the use of this now very valuable resource and the energy required to access it.

This position builds on past developments in grapevine growth modelling and will incorporate novel approaches of grapevine canopy imaging including machine learning. The candidate is expected to collaborate effectively with the larger research team and contribute to the development of process models of grapevine development as a foundation for management scenarios at high spatial and temporal detail.

There are likely to be significant opportunities to both develop original research outcomes and work closely with the viticultural industry to co-create tools that will help improve vineyard performance and optimise resource consumption.  

 To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD in a discipline related to environmental modelling (including hydrological and/or plant growth modelling), statistical modelling (e.g. data assimilation and prediction), environmental or agricultural engineering, environmental science or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in statistical and computer programming (e.g. R, Fortran and/or C++) and/or developing high-quality software packages
  • Ability to undertake numerical modelling and data analysis of natural and agricultural systems
  • A publication record in scholarly journals
  • Excellent written and verbal skills with proven ability to produce high-quality scientific publications and presentations

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The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity, We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences is a thriving centre of learning, teaching and research in a vast range of engineering disciplines, computer science - including machine learning, high-level mathematics and architecture, planning and landscape architecture. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers.

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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click on the 'Apply Now' button to be taken through to our online application form. Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all of the selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 2 February 2020. 

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Seth Westra
Professor, School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
P: +61 (8) 8313 1538

You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

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


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