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Senior Scientist, Wildlife Ecology (Scic)

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
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The Senior Scientist-Wildlife Management is responsible for scoping, leading and delivering on assigned projects or sub-projects, reviews or studies to support the objectives of the Biodiversity Division delivered by the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research.

The Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI) is a leading centre for applied ecological research, with an emphasis on flora, fauna and biodiversity issues. ARI's main focus is on providing strategic research and management advice to answer key questions affecting ecologically sustainable land or water management and resource use policies.

The applicant should have experience in undertaking research into wildlife management issues, and a demonstrated capacity to undertake, quantitative analysis of complex ecological data (e.g. mark-recapture analysis, GLMMs, power analysis, designed experiments) using both frequentist and Bayesian tools. The Senior Scientist – Wildlife Management will operate as a high-level specialist/researcher or scientific manager of large projects and will also provide general biometrics support for the institute. The position will operate at a level that ensures acceptance by peers, stakeholders and managers as an authoritative specialist in their area of expertise. 

The role of Senior Scientist-Wildlife Management's contribution will be towards

  • Working as an integral member of a multi-disciplinary team in wildlife ecology research.
  • Providing general biometrics support for the institute as part of the biometrics team.

Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications

  • A science degree (preferably PhD) with a major in ecology/biostatistics or equivalent is mandatory.
  • Proficiency in the use of statistical software packages (e.g. R) is mandatory. Experience in Bayesian modelling packages such as WinBUGS or equivalent is highly desirable.
  • At least 5-years post-graduate experience in undertaking wildlife research including analysing ecological data.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of the management of terrestrial vertebrates. 
  • Extensive experience and knowledge in quantitative methods for estimating changes in the distribution, abundance and vital rates of terrestrial flora and fauna.

This is a fixed term position available for a period of 3 years.

To be considered for this position, your application should include a supporting statement demonstrating that you meet the Key Selection Criteria detailed in the position description, including the Specialist/Technical Expertise/Qualifications and Knowledge and Skills sections. 

For further information please refer to the attached position description.

Applications close at midnight on Monday, 10 May 2021.

Other relevant information:

Preferred candidates will be required to undertake pre-employment screening, including a Declaration and Consent form and a National Police Check.

Applicants must possess corresponding work rights to be eligible for appointment for the advertised employment period. To be appointed to an ongoing position you must be an Australian Permanent Resident or an Australian/New Zealand citizen.

We are building an inclusive workplace to help realise the potential of our employees, embrace our differences, and apply our diverse thinking to innovation and delivering services to Victorian communities. All jobs can be worked flexibly, and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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