Post-doctoral Researcher - Soil Science

  • $89,638 (ALA) plus 17% superannuation
  • 2 years, fixed term, full-time based at Perth (Bentley) campus
  • Extensive learning and development opportunities
  • Job Reference: 515225

The Soil and Landscape Science Group conduct theoretical, methodological and applied research to improve understanding of soil processes and the drivers of soil and landscape variability at different spatial and temporal scales. Our research aims to better understand, assess and monitor soil functions, which help to deliver ecosystem services that enable life on Earth.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Post-doctoral Researcher to join the team and work with Professor Viscarra Rossel in developing a better understating of soil ecosystems by applying novel methods of spatial analysis and modelling to soil and ecological data at regional to global scales.

In this role you will:

  • Participate in applications for competitive funding.
  • Collate historical, current and new data from databases and proximal and remote sensing platforms.
  • Measure soil properties with new sensing and analytical methods
  • Develop and apply state-of-the-art methods that might include multivariate geostatistics, Bayesian hierarchical modelling, and multi-scale machine learning.
  • Lead and contribute to research output.
  • Disseminate research findings through seminars, workshops and conferences.
  • Publish/exhibit in high quality journals/outlets, in collaboration with Professor Viscarra Rossel and the team.
  • Undertake principal supervision of honours and research masters, and co-supervision of research doctoral supervision.

We are looking for someone with:

  • PhD within the last 18 months in soil science, ecology, environmental science, with emphasis on spatial analysis, modelling and remote sensing.
  • Proven relevant experience in soil science, modelling, quantitative research.
  • Proven competency in a range of qualitative and quantitative research tasks.
  • An emerging research track record/potential to conduct quality research and contribute productively to research teams under supervision.
  • High-level organisational skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills with a collegial and supportive working environment and the ability to interact with students and staff with cross cultural sensitivity.
  • Good computer software skills, including (statistical/mathematical) programming (e.g. R, Python).

Why choose Curtin?

  • We are ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019).
  • A vibrant campus with gym, childcare, wellness programs, medical and counselling services.
  • Easily accessible location with great parking, bus station and end of trip facilities!
  • A flexible benefits package with excellent superannuation provisions
  • A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
  • The University has recently been named as one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 by the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA)

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Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter, resume and selection criteria to enable us to assess your suitability for the role.

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Applications close: Tuesday 18 August 2020, 10:00 PM AWST

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on or call Natalie Munro on 08 9266 2280.

If you would like to speak to a technical specialist please contact Professor Raphael Viscarra Rossel on 08 9266 1154.

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