Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow (Sustainable Livestock Production)

  • Full time 2 years fixed term, located on the Camden Campus at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to research in greenhouse gas emissions from beef cattle
  • Base Salary Level A/B $97,043 p.a. – $134,403 p.a. + 17% superannuation

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow to work under the supervision of Professor Luciano Gonzalez. The successful candidate will take a leading role as a researcher in the field of greenhouse gas emissions from beef cattle production systems across Australia. The project focuses on supplementing grazing cattle and quantifying GHG fluxes and stocks using a combination of simulation modelling, sensor technologies and on-ground measurements. The candidate will be based on the Camden campus, with the other part of the trial in commercial farms across the country. Opportunities exist to work on other projects related to animal health and welfare, feedlot production and Precision Livestock Farming.

The position is full-time fixed term for 2 years commencing at Level A or B depending on experience with possible extension subject to performance and availability of funds.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake research in greenhouse gases fluxes from beef cattle production systems including the management of field trials
  • publish research papers
  • demonstrate research excellence
  • assist with grant writing and publishing original work
  • support teaching activities and the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • develop research collaborations leading to commercialisation, improved policy or practice
  • assist with grant writing and publishing original work
  • contribute to successful applications for competitive research grants and/ or funding to deliver research impact
  • develop profile through conferences and seminars
  • enhance relationships with outputs such as research and development, commercialisation, improved practices, and policy development.

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) brings together researchers in the life, earth, and environmental sciences to improve teaching and build new infrastructure to support and enhance capacity in research and teaching.  It is a large School divided into three Research and Teaching Themes.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity.  As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in in Agriculture, Animal Science, Veterinary Science or a closely-related field
  • proven research excellence in this area of greenhouse emissions from ruminants and modelling livestock production systems
  • demonstrated experience with field experimentation and livestock handling
  • demonstrated skills to analyze large and complex datasets and develop prediction models using programing and statistical software such as R, SAS, or Matlab
  • a strong track record of publishing their research
  • the ability and a willingness to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals
  • excellent communication (written and verbal), organisational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail
  • the ability to supervise students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • experience in supervising or mentoring others and/or coordinating team activities
  • experience in research record keeping, preparation of research papers and presentation of seminars
  • demonstrated excellence in written and oral communications skills, interacting with a variety of researchers and stakeholders.
  • a vaccination for Q fever and a class A driver licence are required.

The commencement level will be determined based on the candidate’s skills, experience, and knowledge.

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Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University.  Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements.  If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive.  We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve.  We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ.  We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Applications Close

Sunday 14 August 2022 11:59 PM