Postdoctoral Research Fellow - The School of Biological Sciences

Country: Australia;

City: Queensland

Vacancy added: 29.08.2019

Employer: The University of Queensland

Resumes due: 28.09.2019


The School of Biological Sciences

The University of Queensland has a wonderful research environment, attracting top grades in the national assessment of research quality in all biological disciplines and economics.  The School of Biological Sciences is one of the largest Schools of this type in Australia with 50 full-time academic staff.  The School provides unique opportunities for study or research in plant and animal biology with research programs spanning ecology, molecular plant sciences, marine biology, entomology, and genetics & evolution.

About This Opportunity

The role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Marine Protected Areas/fisheries modeller, will develop new theory and tools for the design of Marine Protected Areas, primarily on coral reefs. In recent years we have collaborated with partners at the World Wildlife Fund to develop theory and tools for the design of Marine Protected Areas, with a particular focus on how to rebuild fisheries ( We are looking to extend this work in partnership with several conservation NGOs working in Indonesia and elsewhere. The aim is to test and refine MPA design strategies that not only rebuild fisheries but also maintain conservation benefits given climate change. In addition, we are looking to include a variety of social factors, including equity. This is an exciting opportunity to join an established team and lead the development and uptake of new tools.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

For US applicants, please note that Australian Universities use British terminology, as such a Lecturer position is equivalent to that of a non-tenured Assistant Professor position in the US.

Our Ideal Candidate

The person will have a background in modelling ecosystems, with a preference for some experience modelling fisheries or fish population dynamics. A willingness to travel to visit partners in Indonesia is important, though the position is based in Australia. We already have a suite of existing models that can be used so it is not intended that the person will have to start from scratch.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 18 months at Academic Level A.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of $81,827 - $90,982, plus super of up to 17%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

 508257_3022184 Research PostDoc_MPA modeller PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Peter Mumby, (

Want to Apply?

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  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria
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