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Postdoctoral Researcher in Soil Carbon
University of Sydney

Date Posted Oct. 17, 2023
Title Postdoctoral Researcher in Soil Carbon
University University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
Department School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES)
Application Deadline Sunday 19 November 2023 11:59 PM
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
    Environmental Science & Ecology
  • Full time, 20 months fixed term. Located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES)
  • Exciting opportunity to develop new soil carbon measurement protocol
  • Base Salary, Level A $101,507 - $112,462 p.a + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) is currently seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher in Soil Carbon. This position offers an exciting opportunity to delve into soil carbon fractions and their contribution to the environment. As a Soil Carbon Researcher. You will work collaboratively with fellow researchers from Sydney Institute of Australia (SIA) and industry partners to investigate the distribution of various carbon fractions within Australian soils and their implications for soil carbon stocks.

Your key responsibilities will include the following:

  • Collaboration: Work closely with researchers from SIA and industry partners to create a collaborative research environment that fosters innovation and knowledge sharing
  • Protocol Development: Develop and optimise laboratory protocols for accurately measuring different soil carbon fractions, including particulate organic carbon, mineral-associated organic carbon, and inorganic carbon
  • Technology Innovation: Research and develop infrared technology applications to predict and analyze soil carbon fractions efficiently, enhancing our understanding of their distribution
  • Model Enhancement: Assist in the updating and improvement of existing soil carbon models, incorporating new data and findings to refine our understanding of carbon turnover rates and soil carbon stocks.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in Environmental or Agricultural Sciences, or related fields
  • strong research background with a focus on soil carbon dynamics, including experience with soil carbon fractionation techniques
  • proficiency in laboratory methods, data analysis, and statistical tools
  • familiarity with infrared spectroscopy and technology development
  • excellent collaboration and communication skills
  • a passion for environmental research and a commitment to advancing sustainable practices.

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Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement 

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.  

How to apply

Applications Close
Sunday 19 November 2023 11:59 PM

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