Associate Researcher, Quantitative Aquatic Ecology Center for Regional and Rural Futures, working with DEAKIN UNIVERSITY

  • Conveniently based at our Geelong Waurn Ponds campus
  • Full time (negotiable), CDD up to 28 years oldand July 2023
  • AC_A ($71,348 – $95,915) + 17% retirement pension

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool and the online Cloud Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

We are looking for a research associate to undertake research on the ecological impacts of aquatic ecosystem management, including modeling the effect of climate adaptation measures on environmental and socio-economic values ​​and the links between theoretical ecology and empirical. You will also lead the administration of the Quantitative Aquatic Ecology Laboratory (QAEL) until July 2023. Your ability to code will support the environmental, social, cultural and economic lens applied to this climate adaptation research. You can be a quantitative ecologist or have a background in environmental science. Although the role is based in Geelong, applications from interstate candidates wishing to contribute remotely will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

This position will support research associated with the climate adaptation theme of the Murray-Darling Basin Water and Environment Research Program. The associate researcher will contribute to the research program including ecological modelling, fieldwork, writing publications and seeking new funding opportunities.

Primary responsibilities will include supporting and assisting

  • Research, scholarship or creative activity
  • Research projects and collaborations, programs or partnerships
  • The successful application of academic expertise and research to innovation and invention, with appropriate participation in the commercialization of results
  • Honors oversight
  • Development of an early career research plan.

To be successful, you will:

  • Have obtained a doctorate or the equivalent, in science or in another relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in freshwater ecology, climate, modeling or related fields
  • Experience in quantitative data analysis and/or modeling in R statistical environment or equivalent (e.g. Python or similar)
  • Demonstrated skills in publishing research journal articles, conference papers, reports, or professional or technical contributions in the preparation of research manuscripts
  • Demonstrated understanding of experimental design and sampling principles
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and carry out green fieldwork
  • A strong work ethic, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team in field and laboratory conditions
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to high quality research, including participating in research meetings and contributing to research reports.

Applications for this position close Thursday April 28, 2022.


  • This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a work with children check (see Deakin’s recruitment procedure for details)
  • Frequent travel will be required when visiting field sites, primarily throughout Victoria, but occasionally interstate.
  • Driver’s license
  • 4×4 certificate (training provided if not already held)
  • First aid and CPR certificate (training provided if not already held)

Deakin University job offers are conditional on the candidate being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or medically exempt and providing satisfactory proof. You can view a copy of the University’s COVID-19 vaccination procedure.

Please submit your resume, a short cover letter and your answers to the selection criteria on page 3 of the job description.

For confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Professor Rebecca Lester – Director, Center for Regional and Rural Futures at

Are you ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation rests on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse work environment with opportunities for growth and career development. We believe a progressive and thriving culture will ensure people choose to come and stay with Deakin and contribute to our continued success.

We value diversity and aim to create an inclusive environment that defends, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientations and genders.

We understand that our academic staff is increasingly diverse and we recognize that academic careers can be put on hold in many life circumstances. Accomplishments versus Opportunities emphasizes the quality rather than the quantity of research output. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements in relation to the opportunity.

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