Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Ecology (eDNA) ~

28 de agosto de 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Ecology (eDNA)

Institute for Applied Ecology

Academic Level B Salary Range: $83,564 ĄV $98,972 pa, plus Super

This is a fixed term, full time position for 3 years (an additional 2
years contingent on funding and project needs)

Vacancy Reference No: 120093

The University of Canberra is a partner in the Cooperative Research Centre
for Invasive Animals. The CRC creates new technologies and integrated
strategies to reduce the impact of invasive animals on AustraliaĄŚs
economy, environment and people. We are seeking an innovative person to
conduct research and develop tools based next generation DNA technologies
for the detection and identification of invasive species in our natural
waterways and in shipments across our borders

Copies of the relevant research proposal leading to the funding of this
project are available on request.

The position will be offered for 3 years initially, with a further
2 years contingent on availability of funding and project needs and
directions. The appointee will work within a team of highly motivated
academics, postdoctoral fellows and lab technicians in the collegiate and
productive working environment of the wildlife genetics laboratory of the
Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra.  Duties:
This is a full time research position. The appointee will be expected
to drive a research program to develop tools based next generation DNA
technologies for the detection and identification of invasive species in
shipments across our borders and in our natural waterways. The appointee
will be expected to engage with higher level activities within the CRC
program, including liaison with government and industry stakeholders,
participation and leadership in professional workshops, and representing
the CRC publicly and in the media as appropriate.

Specific duties required may include:
ĄP       Conduct research to meet the objectives of the CRC project
that aims to use environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques in the detection
of invasive fish species in shipments, aquaria and natural waterways. A
project proposal is available on request.

ĄP       Contribute to the publication of the results of the research
including, where appropriate, taking a lead in those publications.

ĄP Engage as appropriate with end users of the technologies developed by
the project, in the early phases of species selection and problem
definition through to final delivery of outcomes.

ĄP Prepare, under the guidance and with the support of the Chief
Investigator, interim reports and presentations, and the final report to
the CRC and stakeholders on the outcomes of the project.

ĄP Work with staff of the CRC to ensure that the project is promoted
through the media and other avenues and ensure its strong visibility
within Australia and internationally.

ĄP Supervision and/or co-supervise postgraduate students and junior
technical staff engaged in the research.

ĄP Participate in laboratory meetings, journal meetings and departmental
seminar programs of the CRC and Institute for Applied Ecology.

ĄP      Other duties as required.

Selection Criteria:

1.     PhD qualification in a relevant discipline.

2.     Demonstrated laboratory experience with using traditional
       approaches and next generation sequencing for development of
       markers of relevance to population genetics, species
       identification, and/or determination of provenance.

3.     Demonstrated track record in collaborative research, including
       refereed publication in leading journals.

4.     Well-developed planning and organisational skills, with the
       ability to prioritise multiple tasks and set and meet deadlines.

5.     Demonstrated capacity to take a problem-solving approach to
       laboratory work and conduct research under limited supervision.

6.     Experience in the co-supervision of student research projects.

7.     Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills,
       including the ability to contribute productively to teams and
       work in a collegiate manner with other staff in the workplace.

8.     Demonstrated high level of computer literacy, with the capability
       and willingness to learn new software packages.
9.     Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, implementation
       of equity and workplacehealth and safety principles.

For more information on this position please contact Professor Arthur
Georges at

Closing Date: 16 September 2012

The University is an EO employer offering excellent conditions and
benefits including generous superannuation.

Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

For more information on this position and how to apply please go to our
website at

"Clare.Holleley" <>

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