[Coral-List] Post-Doc Environmental Microbiologist/Bio-geochemist, ECU Western Asutralia

Chico Birrell chico.birrell at uq.edu.au
Sun Oct 2 19:07:29 EDT 2011

Looking for an exciting job in a great location Please see the details below for an Environmental Microbiologist/Bio-geochemist
Post Doc CRN Research Fellow position at ECU, Western Australia.

Interested applicants should contact Prof. Paul Lavery (+08 6304 3447; p.lavery at ecu.edu.au<mailto:p.lavery at ecu.edu.au> ) to discuss the position before submitting an application.
Online application links and further details are available at https://ecu.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?audiencetypecode=ext

Dr Kathryn McMahon
Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research &
School of Natural Sciences
Edith Cowan University

+61 (0)8 6304 5145
k.mcmahon at ecu.edu.au<mailto:k.mcmahon at ecu.edu.au>

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Level B)
Environmental Microbiologist/Bio-geochemist
Edith Cowan University has received funding under the Commonwealth's
Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) Program to build productive research
partnerships in the area of 'Protection of Coastal Ecosystems and Marine Resource
This exciting initiative will enable ECU to work with The University of Western
Australia, and a number of overseas partners to further research efforts into two
main, and inter-connected, areas: Coastal Connectivity and Eco-hydraulics.
As part of the team, we are seeking a highly motivated microbiologist/bio-geochemist
to undertake research into the role of microbial communities in marine ecosystems.
Existing research at ECU has focussed on understanding the mechanisms that result
in connectivity among marine ecosystems, and the significance of that connectivity
for key processes such as marine productivity, biodiversity and genetic linkages.
The CRN research will specifically focus on the role of microbial communities in the
recycling of marine nutrients, including drifting marine macrophytes. Past research
has indicted that massive amounts of marine production are exported from reefs and
seagrass meadows as drifting 'wrack'. Large amounts of this wrack are not
consumed, suggesting that microbial processes may be critical in recycling this
productivity. The post-doctoral research will help to address the fundamental lack of
information on the microbial communities in marine ecosystems and their functional
More information on our existing research can be found at http://cmer.ecu.edu.au
Based in the School of Natural Sciences, the position will be responsible for
coordinating and undertaking research in the aquatic microbiology/biogeochemistry
area, at least partly through the application of genomic techniques to characterise
microbial assemblages and their functional forms.
The Research Fellow will play a key role in facilitating the collaboration between ECU
and its research partners (The University of WA and Otago University) in the
Collaborative Research Network. To that end, the Research Fellow is expected to
work collaboratively with fellow academics in the School, our partners in the CRN
and beyond to contribute in the area of applied microbiology
/genomics/biogeochemistry and their application to contemporary issues in the
management of marine and aquatic ecosystems.
The position will work with other researchers in the CRN to establish research
directions, obtain external funding, supervise research projects and postgraduate
1. Ph.D. in microbiology or a closely related field.
2. SCUBA qualifications (minimum Open Water or equivalent), drivers licence and
boat skippers license (restricted Coxswains or equivalent), or willingness to
obtain prior to commencement of position.
Experience & Capacities
3. Research experience and knowledge in applied microbiology, genomics and
biogeochemistry related to aquatic environments.
4. Experience in conducting field-based research in aquatic environments, involving
SCUBA diving and handling of small boat.
5. A record of high quality research in the above fields resulting in publications in
high quality international journals.
6. Ability to attract funding through effective liaison with government, industry and
the wider community and to manage research projects to completion;
7. Effective organisational and people management skills in relation to the planning,
development, implementation, operation and review of research projects and
8. Experience in the planning and implementation of workshops and development of
workshop outcomes;
9. Ability to work collaboratively across multiple organisations
10. Experience in the supervision of students undertaking undergraduate projects
and/or postgraduate research degrees.
11. A sound understanding of, and ability to work within and contribute to, the health
an safety requirements of the workplace, including instruction and supervision of
students and staff under your supervision.
Key Accountabilities
1. Initiate and conduct high quality research, including: supervision of higher
degrees students; collaborative research with CRN partners and industry; and
publications of high quality international journal articles in relevant areas of
aquatic microbiology including the application of modern genomic methods to
environmental biogeochemistry and foodweb analysis.
2. Maintain close interaction with the CRN research partners, industry and
professional bodies, to ensure strong communication among the CRN research
3. Ensure delivery of the research outcomes associated with relevant components
of the CRN
4. Provide regular reporting to the CRN leaders on the progress of research projects
under the Research Fellows supervision.
5. Maintain academic and/or professional standing by engaging in a program of
academic/professional activity and development in their area of expertise.
6. Keep abreast of international research trends and outcomes that make significant
contributions to the advancement of applied microbiology, genomics,
biogeochemistry knowledge and their applications.
7. Comply with occupational health and safety policies and university practices in all
aspects of work.
8. Other appropriate duties assigned by the relevant line manager.

Forwarded by:

Chico Birrell
School of Biological Sciences, Goddard Building, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia
Email: chico.birrell at uq.edu.au<mailto:chico.birrell at uq.edu.au> Tel: +61(0)433 724 496
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