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Research Associate (Threats To Marine Megafauna)

University Of Western Australia - Crawley, WA

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Full Job Description
School of Biological Sciences

An outstanding opportunity for a self-driven researcher to enhance their career, develop strong quantitative skills, and increase research network by working with a collaborative team of national and international experts in marine animal movement ecology
This position requires immediate start (short delays may be negotiable)
Full time, fixed term appointment for 12 months initially with a possibility for up to 2 year
Salary range: Level A Step 8: $95,464 p.a. plus superannuation (increasing to 17% in July 2021)

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

The successful applicant will join a team employed via the School of Biological Sciences and closely affiliated with the UWA’s Oceans Institute. The SBS has strength and breadth in a range of relevant disciplines, including ethology, behavioural ecology, and marine biology. The Oceans Institute brings together the strength of UWA’s marine researchers into a multidisciplinary, integrated research. The goal of the Oceans Institute is to capitalise on UWA’s existing marine research strengths - in areas such as oceanography, ecology, engineering, resource management, and governance - and utilise them to deliver Ocean Solutions for Humanity’s Grand Challenges.

This position will be embedded with the work done by the Senior Research Fellow at the School of Biological Sciences and at the UWA’s Oceans Institute, and in collaboration with national and international partners, to integrate current and innovative research to study marine animals movement and to develop new approaches to analyse movement data and assess potential anthropogenic impacts on marine animals.

About the opportunity

This position requires a researcher to be able to conduct independent scientific research directly related with increasing our understanding of marine megafauna movement, including the development of models and innovative analyses focusing on big, regional and global tracking datasets.

You will work as part of a large collaborative team of national and international researchers to investigate marine animal movement and the potential threats they face due to anthropogenic activities. You will contribute to the strong analytical and quantitative focus of the SequeiraLab towards the development of a global program on marine megafauna aiming to significantly improve understanding of marine megafauna movement at a global scale to ultimately assist the conservation and management of economically important, charismatic and threatened highly migratory marine species.

To be considered for this role, you will have the following:
PhD in Marine Science or related discipline
Experience in the analyses of large satellite and acoustic tracking datasets
Experience in handling netCDF files and using global environmental databases
Demonstrated independent research skills, as evidenced by relevant publications and/or scientific reports
High level of proficiency in the analysis of large integrated databases and development of computer models, including advanced statistical analyses
Demonstrated ability to use programming languages such as R or python

About you

As an enthusiastic and self-driven researcher, you will possess skills in research design, analysis and reporting as well as experience in the application of theory, statistics and sampling methodologies in the context of animal movement and behaviour. You will be interested in understanding spatial ecological patterns at regional and global scale, and in the assessment of potential anthropogenic impacts.

The SequeiraLab is a collaborative and dynamic group made of talented scientists and researchers with a passion in marine conservation. The values of Trust, Respect, Achievement, Curiosity and Community form the foundation of the SequeiraLab. If these values are aligned with yours, we would like to hear from you.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

Closing date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.