Teaching and Research position in Spatial Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Position available : Spatial Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney.

  • Teaching and Research position focused in University of Sydney
  • Full-time, Continuing Role, Located at Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh
  • Academic Level B or C, Base Salary: $104,155 p.a. – $147,115 p.a. plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation. Visa sponsorship is available if required.

Applications are invited for a lecturer (Level B/C) in Spatial Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with expertise in statistical and mechanistic modelling, focused on agricultural and/or environmental terrestrial systems. SOLES has a program of teaching in statistics that covers first year to Honours and Masters level. It is expected that the candidate will strongly support this teaching program, and develop a secondary teaching program related to spatial-temporal analysis of agricultural and/or environmental systems with an emphasis on the use of sensing technologies (remote or proximal) to measure, monitor and manage terrestrial landscapes. The combination of quantitative analyses with the use of remote sensing technologies is an area of research SOLES is looking to strengthen. The successful candidate is expected to develop internal and external partnerships to develop and support an active research program. The successful candidate will further play an active role in the supervision of honours and higher-degree research students.


Closing date: 11:30pm, 4 November 2018


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Research Fellow Grade 1, Ecosystem Modeller

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable. We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We’re proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation. The Griffith Centre for Coastal Managment brings this to life by developing services that differentiate, innovate and make a difference in the fields of climate and coastal research.

The opportunity

We are currently looking for an Ecosystem Modeller to be responsible for the development of a movement and migration model for marine mammals. The primary focus of this role is to develop, implement and verify an ecosystem model. Success in this role requires working closely with the research team of a marine biologist and oceanographer, and external collaborators. The position involves developing ecosystem models to investigate the potential impact of climate change on migrating marine mammals in the Southern Hemisphere. Working with a project team which includes marine mammal experts tasked with describing marine mammal behaviour in response to ocean conditions (physical, chemical, biological) and physical oceanographers tasked with modelling future physical ocean conditions, your research will assist bridge gaps in understanding between physical, chemical and biological parameters and ecosystem responses for marine mammals. In addition to Griffith researchers, the successful applicant will also be collaborating with international colleagues exploring similar questions and using similar approaches. This is a fixed-term (two year), full-time position based at the Gold Coast campus. The position may be extended a further 12 months subject to the candidate meeting project milestones.

About you

The successful candidate will be highly numerate with experience setting up and running marine ecosystem models and/or marine biogeochemical models. Experience working with end-to-end marine ecosystem models such as OSMOSE, Ecospace/Ecosim, ATLANTIS, SEAPODYM, INVITRO or similar is highly valued. Experience with parallel computing is also beneficial. The candidate should be comfortable working with biogeochemical model outputs (e.g. MERRA-NOBM) and the various ocean observation datasets (e.g. SeaWIFS).

Salary range

Research Fellow Grade 1: $72,344 – $84,882 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $84,643 – $99,312 per annum.

How to apply

Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria in the position description
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include:
  • Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
  • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
  • Employment history, including present position and details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience;
  • Research interests and list of publications;
  • Research grants awarded and any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services etc.

Obtain the position description by clicking on the Apply button. You will be redirected to the Griffith University job search page where you will be able to access the position description.

What we offer

Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland. At Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith’s strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

For further information about this role, please contact Dr Olaf Meynecke, Research Fellow on +61 (0) 7 5552 7822. For application queries, please contact Ms Kaitlin Reents, HR Officer on +61 (0) 7 3735 6614

Closing date: Friday 9 November 2018 at 5 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online. As the team experience high volumes of applications, we appreciate your patience to allow for a timely and fair process for all. Please note: We do not accept unsolicited CV’s from Recruitment agencies / third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV’s sent directly to Line Managers.

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University of Bordeaux Initiative of Excellence fellowships

Several recruitment opportunities are currently or will soon be promoted within the framework “Initiative of Excellence of the University of Bordeaux” (IdEx University of Bordeaux), granted by the French national program Investing for the future.

Three individual calls for application are already published, each of them describing application modalities, examination processes and applicable calendars:

– Post-doctoral fellowship program: it is addressed to high-profile international young candidates promoting their own project to be developed in one of the site research teams;

– Junior Chairs: supporting young, high-profile international researchers in setting up a research activity within one of Bordeaux academic laboratories;

– Visiting Scholars, expected to contribute with their unique expertise to the development of research projects, training programs, innovation in higher education, or technology transfer.

Call for applications are available on the website: https://idex.u-bordeaux.fr/Talents

Spatial modelling of Ecological Compensation dynamics

Project We offer a 17-months postdoctoral position within the research project COMPAG that studies the links between agriculture and the ecological compensation public policy. The position is more precisely related to the WP4 entitled “Bioeconomic models – scenarios of ecological compensation public policies” under the supervision of Dr. Rodolphe Sabatier (INRA-Ecodéveloppement) and Dr. Lauriane Mouysset […]

PhD Scholarship in “Fisheries effects on sandy habitats” (DTU Aqua)

A PhD Scholarship in “Fisheries effects on sandy habitats” is available at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU Aqua) with starting date 1 December 2018. The PhD project will be carried out at the Section for Ecosystem-based Management, in Lyngby, Denmark. DTU Aqua is an institute at the Technical University of Denmark.

The purpose of DTU Aqua is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources, the biology of aquatic organisms and the development of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. The institute has an international research staff comprising approx. 120 academic employees.

Project description
Commercial fishing with mobile bottom-contacting gear is one of the major anthropogenic activities affecting marine ecosystems. Short term impacts on the seabed include physical disturbance, resuspension of sediments, mortality of benthic fauna, and alteration of habitat structures, while long term impacts may include changes in community composition and function, and reductions in habitat complexity.

Assessment of the benthic effects and by-catch of fishing is a central component in ecosystem based fisheries management. In European waters substantial research efforts have been undertaken to investigate fishing effects and identify potential mitigation measures and sustainability targets as part of the implementation of international policies, directives and conservation conventions. Mitigation approaches have mostly focused on gear-oriented innovations (e.g. introducing pelagic doors in demersal otter trawling) and area closures, but also the potential of so-called smart fishing (optimizing resource availability through effort-refinement; e.g. choice of fishing season, area, time of day) is increasingly being explored. In areas  also affected by other types of anthropogenic pressure, such as increased nutrient loadings, effects of fishery may be difficult to disentangle from these as well as from the influence of natural pressures (e.g. tidal currents and waves).

A central research component of the PhD project is the quantification of short-term benthic impacts of two gear types that are frequently deployed on sandbanks by Danish fishermen; anchored seines targeting mainly plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) and otter trawls targeting sandeel (Ammodytes marinus). Benthic fauna data exist for analysing sandeel otter trawl impacts for two different gears; a sandeel trawl with standard demersal doors and a similar gear with pelagic doors. For the anchored seine gear new data need to be sampled and analysed, and this requires the PhD student to plan and conduct field work that will enable a quantitative impact analysis. A general complication of such fisheries impact analyses is the presence and influence of other anthropogenic as well as natural pressures, and another key component of the project will be to assess impacts from these other pressures.

We are looking for a candidate who has:

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Aquatic Science & Technology, Marine Biology or similar.
  • Previous experience in marine, aquatic or ecological research.
  • Experience in planning and conducting field and associated laboratory work related to analyses of benthic communities
  • Experience with laboratory work, including sample sorting/processing and identification of benthic invertebrates to species level.
  • Keen interest in research and for working within the field of marine biology and fisheries sciences.
  • Mathematical or modelling skills and experience with R-programming will be advantageous.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Research Scientist Ole Ritzau Eigaard, Special Consultant Grete E. Dinesen and Professor J. Rasmus Nielsen, DTU Aqua.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
For further information about the project, please contact Senior Research Scientist Ole Ritzau Eigaard; ore@aqua.dtu.dk

General information may be obtained from Rikke Hansen, rikh@aqua.dtu.dk (+45) 3588 3001.

Please submit your online application no later than 21 October 2018.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • Brief research proposal (1-2 pages) presenting ideas on how to address the research topics given in the short description of the PhD project above

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The purpose of DTU Aqua is to provide research, advice and education at the highest international level within the sustainable exploitation of living marine and freshwater resources, the biology of aquatic organisms and the dynamics of ecosystems as well as their integration in ecosystem-based management. DTU Aqua has 260 employees, of whom a third are scientific staff. The other employees are assistant biologists, laboratory technicians, IT employees, administrative staff, ship’s crew, student assistants etc. The institute is organized into eight scientific sections which carry out the research, educational and advisory activities. In addition, the institute has a number of scientific and administrative support functions, including the research vessel DANA. DTU Aqua has employees in Charlottenlund, Silkeborg, Nykøbing Mors and Hirtshals as well as on Dana. You can read more about DTU Aqua on www.aqua.dtu.dk

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

Apply here

Research Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-3/4 | R0022297

Announcement for a Management Strategy Evaluation position at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center has just hit the streets (
Research Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-3/4 ).
The duty station can be at any of the 5 main labs in the Southeast Science Center (Miami, Beaufort, Galveston, Pascagoula, Panama City).

The MAP and DE announcements for one Research Mathematical Statistician, ZP-1529-3/4,position have been posted. The announcement will be open for 14 days; it is set to open on 9/10/18and close on 9/24/18.

Job Announcement # (MAP): NMFS-SEFSC-2018-0018

Job Announcement # (DE): NMFS-SEFSC-2018-0020

New vacancies at DTU – Associate Professor in Modelling of Urban Water Systems

Welcome to our e-mail service for jobseekers. Please find below links for the latest vacancies at DTU. Click on the individual vacancy to read more.

Associate Professor in Modelling of Urban Water Systems

We look forward to receiving your application.

Best regards,

HR department

Guangzhou 2018

As in the past, the World Conference on Natural Resource Modeling (WCNRM) brought together scientists and stakeholders interested in mathematical and numerical modeling of renewable and exhaustible resources. The WCNRM provided a forum for exchanging ideas on modeling issues related to environmental and natural resources.

The WCNRM 2018 was co-organized by Resource Modeling Association and South China Agricultural University. Held on June 9-13, 2018 in Guangzhou, China, the theme of the conference was biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. The main aim of this theme was to look for socio- ecological solutions, especially in developing countries where economic growth and environmental quality are competing objectives. The conference focussed particular attention on biodiversity conservation, ecological resilience, management of the protected areas, and sustainable utilization of natural resources.

[MSSANZ] 4-year funded PhD scholarships for modelling the Great Barrier Reef

Please pass this on to any qualified students who may be interested. I have available two four-year funded PhD scholarships to work with me at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, on projects relating to modelling the Great Barrier Reef.

The projects are:
Biogeochemical modelling of tropical marine ecosystems in the context of climate change
Modelling plastic pollution in the Great Barrier Reef
You can find details on eligibility and how to apply at
In addition to the eligibility requirements, I am looking for students who have a strong quantitative background, some programming experience, and an interest in marine science. These are very well supported PhD scholarships and AIMS is a world-leader in tropical marine science and a great place to work. I'd be happy for students to contact me with any questions.



Dr Barbara Robson
Principal Research Scientist - Biogeochemical Modeller
Australian Institute of Marine Science
PMB 3 | Townsville MC QLD 4810 | Australia
Tel. (+61) 7 4753 4324 | Mob. (+61) 422 175 792