Post-Doc Position: Soil Ecology/Biogeochemistry, University of Sydney

The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment seek a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Soil Ecology and Biogeochemistry. The ideal candidate will be experienced in analysis of Soil Carbon (Soil C) Dynamics using stable isotope techniques. We are particularly interested in developing understanding of processes that contribute to emissions of CO2, methane and other trace gases, and to the oxidation of atmospheric methane.

Supported by several funding sources, this position offers excellent opportunity for career advancement through application of an outstanding suite of analytical tools and techniques, including world-class stable isotope facilities (both field and laboratory based instrumentation). We expect suitable candidates to also have either or both a good knowledge of molecular techniques for analysing soil microbial populations and/or a good knowledge of modelling techniques for Soil C and Soil Nitrogen (Soil N) dynamics.

You will have the opportunity to develop a range of experimental studies focused on agreed objectives. Current research projects and infrastructure features the latest in instrumental technology for trace gas analysis, including analysis of stable isotopes, such as laser-based and fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometers.

Based at our new state-of-the-art Centre for Carbon, Water and Food, Camden, you will also help staff and students and assist with research based at our other locations including Narrabri (Plant Breeding Institute), Cooma, and the Snowy Mountains.

Qualifications: To be successful in this position, you will have

* a degree in science or agriculture or equivalent and a PhD or equivalent in an area related to soil microbiology and/or agricultural greenhouse gas exchange

* a strong background in soil microbiology or greenhouse gas dynamics in soils

* demonstrated research capability in soil microbiology and/or soil processes leading to greenhouse gas production or mitigation

* demonstrated skills in molecular analysis of soil microbial populations; measurement of Soil C fractions and dynamics; and modelling of Soil C and Soil N dynamics

* an aptitude for teaching in soil science, climatology and biosphere-atmosphere interactions

* the ability and willingness to work with postgraduate students

* demonstrated capacity to work effectively and harmoniously in a team for teaching and research

* evidence of capability to develop research proposals and projects

A significant record of publication in soil microbiology and/or greenhouse gas dynamics, evidence of willingness to undertake professional and community activities relevant to the discipline area, and experience with eddy flux analysis would be highly regarded.

The position is full time fixed-term for three years subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation for new employees. Visa sponsorship and some relocation expenses support will be available if required.

Remuneration package: $92K p.a. (consisting of $78K base salary Level B, leave loading and 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation).

Deadline: 27 August 2013 (Sydney time 11:30pm)
To Apply: For more information and to apply, visit the University of Sydney jobs site and search by the reference number 1297/0613.

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged. The University of Sydney has also established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution. Applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged.

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