Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Earth and Environmental Sciences

University of Queensland School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($70,729.75 - $94,637.91)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) is part of the UQ Faculty of Science and currently has 104 academic staff, and 31 professional and technical staff and over 1,120 equivalent full-time students.

The School’s extensive teaching and research activities span the fields of geology, human and physical geography, environmental science and management, biodiversity conservation, geospatial science and remote sensing, mineral resources, palaeontology, geophysics, occupational health and safety sciences, and urban and regional planning. SEES teaches into a diverse range of programs for undergraduate, honours and postgraduate coursework students, and higher degree by research programs.

The School has a vibrant, multidisciplinary research profile and enjoys consistent success in securing nationally competitive grants, industry funding, publishing numerous papers in high-quality international journals as well as having an important influence in areas related to government policy and industry practice.

For more information, visit the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences website:

About This Opportunity

The position is funded by an ARC Future Fellowship to Carissa Klein, titled: What's the catch? Social and environmental sustainability of seafood. This project aims to improve the social and environmental sustainability of wild caught seafood globally. This project expects to generate new knowledge in the area of seafood trade and sustainability using interdisciplinary approaches that account for social sustainability concepts and the displacement of fishing impacts. Expected outcomes include innovative approaches that can improve the traceability and sustainability of seafood and new international collaborations. This should provide significant benefits to the ocean, by proposing innovative ways

for protecting the ocean through improving the sustainability of trade policies, and to the billions of people that depend on a healthy ocean for their health and livelihood.

Depending on the skills and interests of the candidate, they will work on projects to do with the following objectives:

  • Produce models that use existing fishing and trade data to estimate the origin and final destination of wild caught seafood globally from 1976-2015.
  • Develop a new indicator that can be used to assess seafood sustainability, focusing on how seafood consumption in each country impacts people and the environment in other countries.
  • Evaluate the social, economic, and environmental implications of minimising seafood displacement that has negative social and environmental consequences for other countries

The candidate will be expected to lead research projects and co-supervise HDR students working on related projects.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

For US applicants, please note that Australian Universities use British terminology, as such a Lecturer (Level B) position is equivalent to that of an Assistant Professor position in the US.

Our Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be comfortable working on an interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with government and non-government partners. Strong communication skills are required so that the research can be communicated to a diverse audience.

Ideally, the candidate will be proficient in open data science, so they can work with data in an open, reproducible, and collaborative way. This includes an excellent working knowledge in coding and using collaborative software, such as R, RStudio, Git, and GitHub.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position at Academic level A for up to 2.5 years. Part-time/flexible work arrangements will also be considered.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,729 - $94,637, plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File PD_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_511901.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Carissa Klein,

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

Advertised: 01 Feb 2021

Applications close: 28 Feb 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time