Associate Research Fellow or Research Fellow, Environmental Sciences

Deakin University

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

Job no: 533850
Work type: Full-time
Location: Melbourne – Burwood
Categories: Science

  • Based at our Melbourne, Burwood Campus
  • Full-time and fixed term for 2 years
  • Level A $74,024 – $99,512 , Level B $104,619 – $123,739 + 17% Superannuation

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities. 

The Blue Carbon Lab is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary research team focused on understanding and responding to the impacts of global change on freshwater, coastal and ocean ecosystems. BCL offers innovative research solutions aiding in mitigating climate change and enhancing our blue economy, while simultaneously supporting aquatic biodiversity, economic growth, capacity building, and community wellbeing.

The Postdoctoral researcher will conduct independent research to develop new nature-based solutions for improving the sustainability of agricultural dams and other artificial freshwater systems in Australia. Specifically, the project will include fieldwork on environmental and ecological properties (including greenhouse gas emissions, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and water chemistry) of Australia’s agricultural waterbodies. The position will also involve using remote sensing and GIS variables to model large-scale processes. For more information, visit

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Initiating, designing, and conducting high-quality research and creative activities generating high-impact outputs
  • Engaging collaboratively to develop novel and high-quality research or creative activities
  • Ensuring a high impact of the research activities with the community
  • Seeking of funding for research and creative activities
  • Building a national reputation, based on a growing body of work recognised for quality, excellence, and impact
  • Initiating, designing, conducting, and leading intra- and inter-disciplinary research collaborations, to enable major breakthroughs in knowledge and understanding and solutions to complex problems
  • Initiating, designing, conducting, and leading the development of industry partnerships and collaboration to enable major breakthroughs, and innovative solutions for future translation into real-world impact
  • Supporting and leading applications for external competitive and other funding, and demonstrating sustained efforts
  • Building track records of timely delivery of outcomes for industry partners
  • Initiating, designing, conducting, and leading innovation and translation into policies, frameworks, strategy, priority setting and other outcomes to create a positive impact
  • Initiating, designing, conducting, and leading innovation and translation into products, services, new ways of operating and other avenues to create a positive impact
  • Supporting the attraction of external funding for the commercialization of research activities
  • Building a portfolio of policy and strategy influence, generation of products, services or other innovations with positive real-world impact
  • Providing effective mentoring to HDR students to support career development and employability
  • Establishing/expanding industry network to create opportunities for placements

Key selection criteria for this role:

  • PhD in environmental sciences, spatial ecology, remote sensing, aquatic science, or related discipline.
  • Emerging reputation in research through (first author) publications, reports, conference presentations and other academic outputs.
  • Demonstrated experience in organising and delivering intensive fieldwork campaigns.
  • Proficient with coding languages (e.g., R, Phyton, Java) for organising large datasets, and conducting spatial analysis, statistics, and modelling.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Only for level B candidates: at least two years of postdoctoral experience in a similar field

Desirable selection criteria

  • Experience with GIS, remote sensing, and machine learning (e.g., deep learning) approaches for mapping carbon stocks.
  • Experience working with high-resolution remote sensing data.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research with industry partners.
  • Demonstrated experience in environmental impact assessment and/or environmental consultancy.
  • License for flying drones.

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

Download File PD- Associate Research Fellow, Environmental Sciences 533850.pdf

Download File PD-Research Fellow, Environmental Sciences 533850.pdf

Applications for this position close on March 12, 2023.

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.


  • Frequent/Regular/Infrequent travel will be required describe further (e.g., interstate or overseas travel is required or regular travel within Victoria, not including between campuses)
  • Drivers Licence 
  • Working with Children Check

Please submit your updated resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and the desirable selection criteria. Please state in the cover letter to which level you are applying for (I.e., level A or B).

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Dr Martino Malerba, ARC DECRA Fellow, via

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic, and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

We understand that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse, and we recognise academic careers may be placed on hold throughout many life circumstances. Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality, as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.

Advertised: 07 Feb 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 12 Mar 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time





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