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La Trobe University

Positions available in the McGeoch Research Group, Centre for Future Landscapes, School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

If you are interested in any of the positions below please contact Professor Melodie McGeoch – M.McGeoch@LaTrobe.edu.au

Modelling biodiversity status and trends: Antarctica in a global context

Level A_6 – Postdoctoral Fellow

Full-Time (1.0 FTE), Fixed-Term (3 years)

Details – Postdoctoral Research Officer, La Trobe University

Apply for an opportunity to work with an international, interdisciplinary, Australia-based research program to produce transformative insights about the structure, function, drivers and future of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. Outcomes will inform spatiotemporal planning for conservation and will provide a scientific basis for leading environmental stewardship.

SAEF (Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future) is an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative to strengthen Antarctic science, policy and governance at a time of rapid environmental and geopolitical change – https://arcsaef.com/

Position details:

  • The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field, an excellent publication record, significant biodiversity modelling skills, knowledge of and experience with biodiversity informatics and big data handling, evidence of successful, self-led collaboration, and have an interest in the Antarctic.
  • A background in Antarctic science is not a requirement.
  • The initial 3-year position has potential for renewal for an additional term based on performance.
  • The position is based at LaTrobe University (Melbourne campus), working closely with the SAEF program (headoffice at Monash University) and the Australian Antarctic Division (Hobart), and opportunity to work with the GEO BON community (https://geobon.org).
  • This position is now open for recruiting to be filled by the 4thquarter of 2021.

For further information please forward your c.v. and a letter outlining your interest in the position to:  Prof. Melodie McGeoch: m.mcgeoch@latrobe.edu.au or visit melodiemcgeoch.com


Research Assistant: Biodiversity Informatics

Higher Education Officer Level 5 (HEO5_1)

Part-time (FTE 0.6), Fixed term (3 Years)

Details – Research Assistant, Biodiversity Informatics, La Trobe University

This Research Assistant position in Biodiversity Informatics will work on current and ongoing research projects involving specialized environmental and biodiversity data science work with Prof. McGeoch’s research group, with a particular focus on SAEF research.

SAEF (Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future) is an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative to strengthen Antarctic science, policy and governance at a time of rapid environmental and geopolitical change – arcsaef.com

Primary responsibility will be data analytics, production of graphics and reporting, working predominantly with biodiversity data. Secondary responsibilities include general research group support, such as social media management, purchasing, logistics and organisation. Suitable candidates will have skills and experience in data science to collate, synthesize and analyse biodiversity and environmental data and to build and manage environmental and biodiversity information systems. They will have a high level of analytical, statistical and programming skills in R, as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills. One or more of the following will be an advantage: familiarity with biodiversity data and biodiversity informatics, nomeclature and systematics, use of Python.

Position details:

  • The successful candidate will have a Bachelor qualification in a relevant field and experience in the fields of data science and biodiversity, the ability to synthesise and analyse biodiversity and environmental data and to build and manage environmental and biodiversity information systems, plus an interest in the Antarctic.
  • The position is based at LaTrobe University (Melbourne campus), Australia
  • This position is now open for recruiting to be filled by the 4thquarter of 2021.

For further information please forward your c.v. and a letter outlining your interest in the position to:  Prof. Melodie McGeoch: m.mcgeoch@latrobe.edu.au  or visit melodiemcgeoch.com

Queensland University of Technology

Positions available in the Wilson Environmental Decisions Lab, Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

If you are interested in any of the positions below, please contact Professor Kerrie Wilson – kerrie.wilson@qut.edu.au

Research Fellow in Decision Support, Faculty of Science, Academic Division

The ARC SRI Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF) is a leading international research program in Antarctic science and policy. The Research Fellow in Decision Support will provide SAEF with strategic research capacity in structured environmental decision support. This will involve the creation and application of transparent, structured decision processes, and formal optimisation tools.

For more info on this Position please follow the link below:

Queensland University of Technology – Research Fellow in Decision Support, Faculty of Science, Academic Division (nga.net.au)


1. PhD – Protected area planning

Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs) are a key element of Antarctica’s terrestrial and marine conservation, but the current network is inadequate, unrepresentative, and needs revision. We will advance conservation planning tools to help the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties (ATCPs) create a coordinated, continent-wide network of protected areas. Informed by the spatial data-streams we will use systematic conservation planning methods to generate proposals for multilateral networks that satisfy representativeness, adequacy, and equity constraints. More information here


2. PhD – Supporting environmental stewardship

Antarctic conservation requires a negotiated consensus among Parties and can be impeded by competing values and geopolitical motivations. We will use theories and tools from a range of disciplines to better understand the political landscape to better understand the political landscape of the Antarctic Treaty System to progress Australian objectives and improve overall agility in the face of emerging and unexpected threats.

Queensland University of Technology

Positions available in the Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

If you are interested in any of the positions below, please contact SAEF Scholarship Enquiries at QUT here


1. PhD – Statistical downscaling of Antarctic models

Antarctic data is often gathered from space, using satellites and global circulation models. However, management decisions need to be made at a much smaller scale, in the range of animal movements and species ranges. This project seeks to develop innovative statistical methods for downscaling these models to a useful resolution, validating and calibrating the techniques using a range of new approaches and technologies, including drones, genomics, statistical modelling and robotic vision.


2. PhD – A new biosecurity framework for Antarctica

This project will adopt a biosecurity risk framework to assess current and emerging movement pathways of invasive species, predict the impacts of invasions on currently pristine ecosystems and prioritise management actions to limit future invasive species impacts.


3. PhD – Value-of-information in remote ecosystems

This project will develop and enlarge single- and multi-stage value-of-information models to incorporate statistical uncertainty. These models will inform the rapid collection of baseline data in locations where early information could offer warning signals of future ecosystem change.


4. PhD – Identifying essential biodiversity on the Antarctic continent

This project seeks to develop Essential Biodiversity Variables to detect and monitor change in Antarctic terrestrial and benthic biodiversity.