Lecturer In Terrestrial Biodiversity

at University of Western Australia

  • Tenurable teaching and research appointment
  • Salary range: Level B, $98,526 - $116,792 p.a. plus employer contribution to superannuation of 17%

Faculty of Science

School of Biological Sciences

Be Inspired Research Theme: Sustainable Environments

The University of Western Australia is one of the world's most prestigious research universities, located in a beautiful and diverse geographical region. With an incredibly rich local heritage, the University connects and integrates with global networks of knowledge, education and research.

Our research focus extends far beyond the geographical boundaries of the University campus and of Western Australia. From the discovery of gravitational waves to the intricacies the human microbiome, our research encompasses everything from improving human health and wellbeing to explaining the mysteries of the universe.

Home to Nobel Laureates, Oscar winners, Gates Foundation recipients and winners of international and national teaching and research awards, we welcome inspiring individuals to help us in taking research from the lab, to the classroom and the world.

About the team

The School of Biological Sciences at The University of Western Australia is a large, multidisciplinary School with teaching and research focused on understanding and conserving life on Earth. Our researchers tackle challenges in the laboratory and at field sites across the world, studying animals and plants in both natural and managed terrestrial and marine environments, including investigating responses to environmental pressures and climate change. Our techniques encompass molecular and genetic analysis, data collection from populations, communities and ecosystems and big-data synthesis.

The School delivers world-class education and research programs to approximately 500 undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students, as well as more than 130 PhD students. The School has wide ranging expertise in ecology, evolutionary and conservation biology and its sub-disciplines and wishes to attract an exceptional individual who will champion the fundamentals of taxonomy and systematics, with particular emphasis on using modern molecular approaches, such as genomics, for the measurement and monitoring of animal and/or plant biodiversity in terrestrial environments.

About the opportunity

One of the most significant environmental challenges facing Australia and the world is the irreversible loss of global biodiversity. With Australia having the highest recorded rate of mammal extinctions in the world and amongst the highest threat rates to plant species within the southwest Australia global biodiversity hotspot, this appointment will be key to mitigated, or even reversed these trends through rapid assessment of biodiversity using molecular techniques within the context of taxonomy and systematics.

This position will be expected to provide leadership in the School's education portfolio including curriculum development, coordinate and teach in taxonomy and systematics of animals and/or plants, and develop research capacity and interdisciplinary links in Western Australia. The appointee will be expected to lead and contribute to postgraduate teaching including supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students. Establishing collaborative research projects with industry and government partners and securing funding from nationally competitive funding agencies are also some key responsibilities in this position.

To be considered for this position, the appointee will:

  • Hold a PhD in botany, zoology or a closely related area
  • Have an established track record in terrestrial biodiversity, especially in the taxonomy and systematics of marsupials or Australian plant families with high quality publication outputs and successful competitive funding applications, relative to opportunity
  • Have a high quality teaching with a commitment to improve and enhance student experience
  • Have experience in the supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students and delivering high quality training in laboratory and field based research
  • Have a collegiate attitude, and demonstrate a capacity to work in diverse groups in the different Schools and Faculties as well as externally with industry and government to develop collaborative research and HDR training projects

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria. You are encouraged to supply a curriculum vitae and an academic portfolio in support of your application.

Closing date: Sunday, 18 August 2019

This position is open to international applicants.

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File Lecturer in Terrestrial Biodiversity.pdf

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Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).


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