Research Fellow (Water Science)

The University of Western Australia

Crawley WA, Australia 🇦🇺

Job no: 510409
Work type: full time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Science

UWA School of Agriculture and Environment 

Centre for Water and Spatial Science

  • Level B, full-time appointment on fixed term basis for 22 months
  • Base salary range: $105,043 – $124,301 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team 

WaterSmart Dams is a flagship project for Centre for Water and Spatial Science (CWSS) with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, project staff and industry collaborators to address the challenge of supplying water for agriculture in southwestern Australia’s changing and drying climate. CWSS sits within the UWA School for Agriculture and Environment at The University of Western Australia (UWA), unifies 12 leading water and geospatial science researchers from schools across UWA. CWSS provides research leadership in water and spatial science in Western Australia and is a preferred research partner for national and international projects.

About the opportunity 

You will join the UWA-CWSS WaterSmart Dams team, working on water security for agriculture and SmartDam runoff technologies, plus water storage options to address farm water security challenges in southwestern Australia.

You will lead work on understanding how the changing climate is impacting on-farm water security, through changes to surface water resources and runoff production in agricultural landscapes. A focus of this role will be leading research with industry partners, growers and producers to understand how farm water technologies and dam storage can be improved to enhance water security, along with new options to enhance runoff and reduce storage (dam) water loss.

About you 

To succeed in this role, you will have experience and a skillset spanning field experiments and hydrological instrumentation, plus hydrological modelling applicable to farm runoff and dam water storage. You will work with other members of the WaterSmart Dams team, including field and modelling hydrology, micrometeorology, agricultural economics, spatial data and machine learning scientists, plus web-app developers.  You will learn from the broad team to enhance your own skillset and experiences. As part of this team, you will deliver WaterSmart tools and outreach to industry to achieve real impact by improving on-farm water security and drought resilience.

Note: A current ‘C’ class driver’s licence is a requirement for this position.

About your application

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Download File PD – Research Fellow – Water Science 510409.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

Closing date: Tuesday, 13 September 2022

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Nik Callow on [email protected]

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered
  • UWA has been awarded Bronze Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2021)
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020

Assistance and Support

UWA is committed to inclusive recruitment and is happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. If you have queries in relation to the application process, please contact [email protected] referencing the 6-digit job reference number and type of communication you prefer, and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

Advertised: 16 Aug 2022 W. Australia Standard Time
Applications close: 13 Sep 2022 11:55 PM W. Australia Standard Time