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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Ecology

Job no: 0039254
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full time; Continuing
Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
Level B           $110,236 - $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super                  
Level C           $135,032 - $155,698 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wuurang people. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
The School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences (SEFS) is Australia’s premier research and education provider dedicated to the study of ecosystem processes, sustainable land management, conservation and environmental social science in forest and other ecosystems, covering the full range from natural to highly urbanised systems.

The successful candidate will work closely with the School’s Quantitative and Applied Ecology Group. QAECO is a world-leading, vibrant, collaborative research group working across several areas of ecology, conservation and environmental management. Particular strengths include ecological modelling, monitoring design, data analysis, decision theory, reproducibility and metaresearch, and conservation science.

About the Role
The School of Ecosystem and Forest Science seeks to appoint an outstanding academic in the discipline of quantitative ecology at either Level B (Lecturer) or Level C (Senior Lecturer).

Joining an internationally recognised group of academics, the appointee will make a significant contribution to teaching and research and display the potential to be an emerging national research leader in the field of quantitative ecology. The role will contribute to research excellence, producing high-quality research outputs and publications in reputable international journals, also attracting competitive grant funding from research bodies, industry and research partners.

The incumbent will provide outstanding teaching support and academic mentorship to undergraduate and postgraduate students through the delivery of lectures, tutorials and practical classes, and demonstrate a commitment to the supervision of research students at undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels. The role requires proactive participation in the development of high-quality curriculum for the University’s quantitative ecology, and related, offerings.

The University of Melbourne offers many mentoring and career development opportunities for academic staff, and you will be encouraged and supported to further develop your research and leadership abilities.

Please note, the start date of the role is flexible and visa sponsorship may be available, subject to individual circumstances.

Further responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to a range of administrative functions, including those connected with teaching, school and faculty service and research management
  • Engaging with key partner groups including industry, schools, community groups and alumni to enhance the exchange of knowledge
  • Actively participating in research seminars and conferences
  • Establishing and maintaining national and international research links
  • Monitoring and assessing student performance and providing consultation to students on their academic progress
  • Providing primary coordination of undergraduate and/or postgraduate subjects

About You
You will be a highly qualified and motivated individual, capable of growing research and teaching opportunities in quantitative ecology. You are able to demonstrate an excellent track record of high-quality research and publication, and the potential to attract competitive research funding from varied sources. Your excellent interpersonal skills and passion for teaching will ensure that you deliver high quality support to students and form productive relationships with junior and senior colleagues. Your research interests align with other members of the School and have the potential for collaborations with other scientists at the University, in Australia and internationally.

At level C, you will further be required to demonstrate an aptitude for independent research and ability to develop research links with other departments/groups nationally and/or internationally, and a demonstrated ability to be an emerging national research leader.

You will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in an area of quantitative ecology or a related relevant discipline
  • The ability to interact productively with staff and students and to contribute to the activities and administration of an academic division or professional organisation
  • Evidence of successful teaching in quantitative ecology or related areas (at Level C)
  • Experience in supervising postgraduate research students (at Level C)

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% superannuation, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and a separate document with your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

The cover letter should include reference to the academic level applied for (Level B or Level C).

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victorian Health Minister. All University of Melbourne employees are to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. Applicants must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Applications close: SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

Please note, interviews may commence during the advertising period, please submit your applications at the earliest convenience.

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