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Research Assistant

Research Assistant

  • Full Time
  • Sydney

Website UNSW

About the role

  • $75K – $84K plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role of the Research Assistant reports into Associate Professor Paul Gribben and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Organise and coordinate fieldwork campaigns including collaborators across government industry and academic initiatives.
  • Assist with the development of an integrated interdisciplinary program including contributing to 3D reef mapping, sampling aspects of biodiversity (microbial communities, invertebrates and fish), measuring ecosystem functions (e.g. oxygen and nutrient cycling) and water flow.
  • Assist with the development and deployment of large scale experiments assessing the factors that may promote or limit oyster restoration across estuaries in NSW.
  • Assist with post-sample laboratory sorting of oysters, microbial and sediment /nutrient analyses.
  • Establish and maintain databases so as all collaborators can access the data generated.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Honours or Masters (first class) in Marine Benthic Ecology or a related subject.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate broadly and in interdisciplinary research programs.
  • Evidence of delivering high quality project outputs/goal successes on time.
  • Demonstrated experience in development and maintenance of online databases with appropriate QA/QC.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work as part of a research team.
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating and managing large field-sampling campaigns.
  • Small boat helming (RYA level 2, NSW boat license etc).
  • Full drivers license (automatic is ok).
  • Demonstrated experience trailering and launching boats.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training; ability to implement equal opportunity and diversity policies and programs.

Desirable criteria:

  • Commercial (HSW IV Prof. Scuba, ADAS 1,) scientific diving (Australian VET approved, AAUS, European Scientific Diver) or CMAS 3* recreational diving qualification (PADI/SSI/NAUI Divemaster, BSAC Advanced etc.)
  • Demonstrated expertise in working in estuarine ecosystems including knowledge of benthic processes, nutrient cycling.
    Marine taxonomy experience – fish, invertebrates and/or marine microbes.
  • Analytical skills such as grain size analysis, loss on ignition methods, isotope analysis.
  • Experience with data analysis using PRIMER and/or R-based statistical packages.
  • Experience with sampling marine bivalves and conducting large field experiments.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online – applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Paul Gribben
Applications close: June 9th, 2020

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