St. Lucia Postdoctorla Research Fellow SEES

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Job no:504443
Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($64,533.50 – $87,535.13)
Work type:Full Time – Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES) delivers practical solutions to the complex issues that affect our physical environment and how we interact with it. Our interconnected teams of earth scientists, physical and social scientists, environmental management specialists, health and safety experts, and urban planners work together to address the increasingly critical global challenges of a growing population, climate change, urbanisation, food security, conservation and natural resource management. Researchers, teachers and students from around the world are drawn to our vibrant academic environment at UQ’s stunning St Lucia campus. We house world-class research facilities and have access to unique fieldwork locations in Australia and abroad. UQ’s research excellence in earth and environmental sciences is world renowned, and is reflected by our consistent high ranking in respected global league tables. The School also has an excellent success rate in nationally competitive grants and a strong record of high quality publications.

The role

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of Dr Eve McDonald-Madden’s lab within SEES. The lab is a diverse group of researchers that focusses on improving environmental decision-making in complex systems. The lab uses novel techniques from decision science, mathematics, artificial intelligence, network theory and economics to incorporate complexity such as the social context of decisions, the complexity of interacting species and the uncertainty faced by decisions makers.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will support Dr Eve McDonald-Madden’s Future Fellowship titled “Where’s the beef? A systems approach to taming a global emerging wicked environmental problem.” The successful appointee will investigate application of novel methodologies to model beef supply and demand at a global scale to analyse the impacts of different policies on the environment and society. Further to assess the best locations for beef production across the globe to attempt to supply the growing beef demand for the least environmental and economic impact.

There are opportunities to work with large data sets and to be part of research teams, to address individually-developed and collaboratively-generated research questions, and to supervise honours, masters and doctoral students.

The person

Applicants should possess a PhD in maths, engineering, economic modelling, systems modelling, ecological modelling, or a closely related discipline. You should also have demonstrated research experiences on quantitative modelling with a focus on complex systems, a track record of publications in the field in high quality journals, experience in liaising and collaborating with external agencies, an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders but also able to work independently, and high level inter-personal and communication skills. Experience with, economic, trade or agricultural models, modelling at a global scale, optimization and/or game theory is desirable.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated (see below).

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $81,545 – $87,535 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,504 – $102,416 p.a.).

Although this is a 2 year full time position, flexible working arrangement will be considered and, if part-time, the contract duration may be extended to the equivalent.

Position Description

Download File Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Position Description.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Eve McDonald-Madden on +61 7 336 56525 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.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Advertised: 22 May 2018
Applications close: 19 Jun 2018 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time


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