Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Spatial Data Analysis

Macquarie University

North Ryde, NSW, AU

The Role

The Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University is seeking to appoint an energetic and innovative Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Spatial Data Analysis  in  under the Green Cities Initiative – which plant, where, when database for growing urban space. This five-year project will facilitate sustainable Green Cities by unlocking opportunities to develop sustainable and resilient urban green spaces. The successful applicant and engage with the industry partners NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Horticultural Innovations Australia (HIA) and various stakeholders associated with the project.

The main objective of this project is to gain a detailed understanding of what plant species/varieties to establish in different environmental and climatic contexts. Expected research outcomes include predictions of suitable native and exotic species/varieties in urban environments throughout Australia. The research will be published in peer-reviewed articles and in scientific journals. In addition, advice will be provided to industry partners on the suitability and viability of different plant material for a range of planting contexts.

About You

You will have completed a PhD within a discipline that is relevant to the area of urban ecology and biodiversity, and climate change. You will be experienced in using species distribution models and excellent knowledge of the software environment, R. 

You will have experience as an Early Career Researcher who is able to lead projects, engage with practitioners in the area of horticulture, prepare reports detailing progress on milestones, communicate results at scientific and industry meetings, publish research in high-impact international journals and co-supervise research students.

If you are an excellent communicator with a proactive nature, flexible and someone who is energized by working in a productive team environment, then this is a role you will thrive in and a department you will enjoy working with.

About Us

The Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University is a vibrant and collegial community of teachers, researchers and students working across a wide range of biological disciplines. We are a leading research department, conducting research at all levels of biological organisation as well as across a diversity of taxa. Our areas of research strength are conservation biology, ecology, evolution and animal behaviour. Emerging areas of research strength are biosecurity (invasive pests and pathogens), urban ecology and climate change adaptation. For more information please visit

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To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • A PhD in a relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrated success in leading projects;
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare reports detailing progression milestones and communicate results at scientific and industry meetings;
  • Successfully publish research in high-impact international journals;
  • Demonstrated success in engage with practitioners in the area of horticulture and co-supervise research students;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and work independently without close supervision;
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.


  • Demonstrated a strong ability to collaborate with an interdisciplinary team, especially across University boundaries, to achieve research objectives;
  • Demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with research fellows and PhD candidates exploring complementary aspects of the research programme to assess the success and failures of plantings, ecophysiology, and the co-benefits of contrasting plantings.

Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Linda Beaumont at [email protected]

Applications Close: Sunday 21 June 2020 at 11:55pm EST

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