Research Fellow (Soil Faunal Ecology)
University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.
About the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences is a leader in agricultural, food and veterinary science education and research in Australia.
The faculty comprises the Melbourne Veterinary School and the School of Agriculture and Food. The faculty operates across three campuses: Parkville, Werribee and Dookie. In addition to education and research, the faculty operates a veterinary hospital at Werribee, a broadacre farm at Dookie, and an equine hospital in Shepparton.
About the Role The Research Fellow (Soil Faunal Ecology) will play a key role in the Soil Science Challenge Project (Soil fauna and their roles in nutrient transformations of agricultural soils) and collaborate with other project investigators across this multi-disciplinary project.
The position requires excellent research management and interdisciplinary background in soil science, soil microbiomes, and soil ecology. The research fellow will have excellent interpersonal skills to support collaboration across disciplines and with industry partners and external stakeholders. The Research Fellow will also play an active role in mentoring and developing the skills of graduate researchers.
This position will primarily be located at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus and may be required to attend other sites and campuses.
Working closely with the chief investigators of the Soil Science Challenges Project, this role will:
Manage the day-to-day running and reports of the project
Coordinate the field operation and sampling of the project
Carry out detailed research on at least one group of soil fauna
About You You will have the ability to engage with relevant academic and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships. You will possess an excellent ability to work co-operatively and positively in a multi- disciplinary research-based team environment and liaise with people from diverse backgrounds. You will have well-developed interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders including industry partners and collaborators, in a diverse environment.
You will also have:
A relevant PhD degree or equivalent professional experience in a research field related to soil science, ecology, microbiology, or agricultural science
Demonstrated experience in managing research projects and coordinating research activities
Proven ability to undertake research under limited supervision and delivering against research objectives
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in soil/agricultural field work, for example in managing field trials and collecting soil and plant samples
Demonstrated aptitude for research to meet milestones and timely delivery research outcomes