Research fellow – Coral reef ecology

at Griffith University

Reference: 495618
Element: Australian Rivers Institute
Work type: Fixed term (2 years)

Griffith University has a long-established reputation for research excellence in the environmental sciences, especially in relation to the water sciences. This research is currently focused within the Griffith School of Environment and the Australian Rivers Institute. The Institute has over 175 staff and postgraduate students at the University’s Nathan and Gold Coast campuses and undertakes high quality research and postgraduate training in freshwater, estuarine, and coastal ecology.

Dr Diaz-Pulido’s research program focuses on understanding the consequences of human impacts on coral reef ecology, coral-algal dynamics, and in particular, ocean acidification on coral-macroalgal interactions. While significant progress has been made to understand the biological and physiological consequences of human-induced ocean acidification on algae and corals, very little is known about the ecological ramifications on coral reefs.

This is a fixed term (2 years), full time position based at the Nathan campus.

The role:
The coral reef/algal ecologist will work closely with Dr Guillermo Diaz-Pulido at Griffith University and colleagues from the University of Queensland and Georgia Institute of Technology to develop an active research program on ocean acidification effects on coral reefs, particularly coral-algal interactions. Duties will include field and laboratory work, publishing in high quality journals, contributing to supervision of research higher degree students and assisting with the development and preparation of research grant proposals. The Research Fellow will be funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council and will assist Dr Diaz-Pulido with existing projects in the field of ocean acidification impacts on coral reefs and with the development of new research opportunities.

The person:
The successful candidate will have a PhD in Marine Phycology or Coral Reef Ecology and be able to provide evidence of high quality peer reviewed publications. The person will be able to work with minimal supervision and have well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Applicant must hold a Scientific or Commercial Diving Certificate. Experience with ocean acidification research and experimental coral reef ecology are desirable. Applicants will need to clearly specify which position level they are applying for when submitting their application. While applicants nearing completion of a PhD will be considered, the PhD must be completed prior to beginning the position.

Salary range:
Research Fellow, Grade 2: $79,377 – $94,263 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $92,872 – $110,288 per annum.

Research Fellow, Grade 1: $61,914 – $72,831 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $72,440 – $85,213 per annum.

Further information:
The applications requirements can be found by downloading the position description.

For position queries, Dr Guillermo Diaz-Pulido, Lecturer, Griffith School of Environment on +61 (0) 7  3735 3840.

For application queries, contact Ms Samantha Byrne, Recruitment Officer on +61 (0) 7 3735 5093.

Closing date:  29 October 2012 4.30pm AEST.

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