Associate Research Fellow


Deakin University


Warrnambool, (flexible), Victoria

Salary etc:

$71,348 - $95,915 p.a. + super. Fixed-term, Full-time.



Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Cloud Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world's universities.

The Associate Research Fellow is part of the Deakin Marine Mapping team within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, which is one of four Schools in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment. This position reports to Deakin's Recipient Representative (Associate Professor in Marine Science) and is focussed on sediment mapping, sources, distribution and availability within Port Phillip Bay.

Specifically, the role entails sediment characterisation with associated sedimentological analysis. You will estimate available sources and volumes, providing an estimate of nourishment volumes required to offset the predicted rise of sea levels and erosion. Integrating multiple remote sensing and physical sampling datasets, your output will include a map of sediment distribution and composition across Port Phillip Bay and the immediate surrounds, to assist future beach renourishment and coastal management activities.

Your key responsibilities will include but are not limited to the requirement to:

  • Conduct high-quality research, scholarship and creative activities generating high impact outputs, with mentorship.
  • Engage collaboratively to participate in novel and high-quality research or creative activities.
  • Communicate outputs, including as part of team.
  • Ensure impact of academic activity on the field and the community.
  • Support and may lead applications for funding for research and creative activities.
  • Begin building body of work and reputation and recognition for quality, excellence and impact.
  • Participate in intra- and inter-disciplinary research collaborations.
  • Build awareness of industry partners and participates in opportunities for research partnerships.
  • Support and may lead in applications for external competitive and other funding.
  • Begin to build track record of timely delivery of outcomes for industry partners.
  • Develop working relationship with mentors and supervisors.
  • Develop early career research plan with guidance from mentors and supervisors.

To be successful, you'll have:

  • A PhD degree in marine geoscience or biology or related field with a substantial research component.
  • Emerging research and scholarship through publications, and/or exhibitions as appropriate to the discipline.
  • Ability to make a contribution to communities through research.
  • Capacity to contribute to teaching, research and administration.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues.
  • Ability to make a contribution to community engagement for research.

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

We understand that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse, and we recognise academic careers may be placed on hold throughout many life circumstances. Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality, as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.


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