Postdoctoral Research Fellow School of Biological Sciences

Oct 13, 2016
Oct 26, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time

School of Biological Sciences

The School of Biological Sciences is part of the Faculty of Science and is one of the largest and most successful of its type in Australia. The School has broad expertise across ecology and evolution, molecular and quantitative genetics, paleobiology, developmental biology, behaviour, plant and animal physiology, and conservation biology. The Centre for Marine Science, also within the Faculty of Science, comprises a diverse groups of marine scientists, with over 50 independent research group leaders, 50 postdoctoral researchers and 200 PhD students. Affiliated modern marine research stations, located in the tropics (Heron Island) and subtropics (Moreton Bay), facilitate access to some of the most biodiverse marine habitats on the planet. This combination creates a unique and vibrant research environment that is critical to the University's Research Strength in Marine Studies.

The role

The successful appointee will be part of a recently funded ARC Discovery project.  The project addresses how elemental stoichiometry of coral symbioses varies with latitude and aims to discover underlying traits that permit reef corals to live near their range edges in relatively cooler waters along the eastern Australian coast. The post-doctoral fellow will undertake research to provide information on the role of elemental composition (C, N and P) in coral host and symbiont responses to changing water temperature along a latitudinal gradient.  In situ field surveys and long-term manipulative aquarium experiments on a variety of coral species (both adult, and larval stages) form an integral part of the project.  The goal is gaining empirical data to formulate predictions on the likelihood of species migrations from tropical to subtropical waters, enabling managers to anticipate the response of coral communities to seawater warming.

The person

Applicants should posess a PhD in Marine Biology, have extensive knowledge of eastern Australian tropical and high latitude coral communities in terms of species assemblages and assessing reef health. Applicants are expected to conduct extensive field work of up to 4-5 months per year, be competent in coral identification and working with coral spawning.  Applicants should have significant experience with designing, constructing and maintaining manipulative aquarium experiments in remote field conditions.  Specifically, experiments will include maintaining adult and coral recruits in varying nutrient and temperature conditions.  Finally, applicants should have a strong desire to develop a productive research career, a sound methodological background in experimental design and statistical analyses, the capacity to work within a multidisciplenary team and be competent at leading a small group of students/volunteers in a field setting.   

The successful applicant will contribute to all aspects of the Marine Palaeoecology Lab in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland.
The successful appointee will have access to the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and will be encouraged to apply for his/her own research funding. The Fellow will be part of a larger research team, and will address individually developed and collaboratively generated research questions, and will participate in the supervision of honours, and post-graduate students.

Please note that only applicants with current Australian Work Rights may apply for this position.


This is a part time 0.8 FTE, fixed term appointment at Academic level A, for 2 years. The remuneration package will be in the range $79,170.68 - $84,985.56 p.a., pro-rata, plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $92,629.70 - $99,433.11 rata).

Position Description

499605_Postdoctoral Research Fellow.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Prof. John Pandolfi on +61 7 33653050 or

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

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Reference: 499605

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