Title: Teaching and Research Fellow - Biogeochemistry : Australia, Sydney

Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Reference No. 003/0111

• Growing faculty with close collaborators
• Working with experts in the field of biogeochemistry
• Range of field stations and long-term research sites

The University of Sydney is Australia’s premier University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence, and employs over 6,800 permanent staff supporting over 46,000 students.

Our faculty has established strengths in soil science, plant pathology, plant breeding (including legumes), precision agriculture, spatial information systems, agroforestry, agricultural and resource economics, and physiological ecology of terrestrial ecosystems. Further information on the faculty and its academic programs is available at sydney.edu.au/agriculture

We are looking to appoint a recent PhD graduate to fill a position focused on biogeochemistry of natural and agricultural ecosystems. You will work closely with Dr Feike Dijkstra, who was recently been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship. You are likely to have a strong background in C and N processes in soils and in the use of stable isotopes to study those processes. Experience with conducting field and growth chamber experiments, and knowledge of relevant molecular techniques will also be highly regarded. You will interact with other Sydney researchers (including Dr Claudia Keitel, Dr Margaret Barbour, Professor Mark Adams) and outside organisations and will be expected to spend about 40% of your time on teaching.

Essential selection criteria for appointment at Level A are: a PhD degree or equivalent in a relevant field; demonstrated research capacity in biogeochemical processes in soils; demonstrated aptitude for teaching; clear communication skills; and a valid driver’s licence.

Desirable selection criteria include: a proven track record in C and N processes in soils; evidence of ability to publish research output; evidence of skills in application of stable isotopes; and evidence of ability to develop research proposals.

The position is full-time fixed term for two years subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Further offers of up to 12 months will be subject to funding, need and performance. Some relocation cost support will be provided and visa sponsorship will be available for the successful appointee if required.

Remuneration package: $88K p.a. (including base salary at level A Step 6, plus leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).

All applications must be submitted online. Visit www.sydney.edu.au/positions and search the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 15 March 2011 (11:30PM Sydney time)

The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


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