Research Fellow, Forest Ecohydrology


The University of Melbourne


Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria

Salary etc:

$83,468 - $113,262 p.a. + 17.00% super (FTE 0.8). Fixed-term, Part-time.


The University of Melbourne

Job no: 0051322
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Part-time 0.8 FTE; Fixed-term until June 2026
Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences
Level A - $83,468 - $113,262 p.a. plus 17% super.

  • Unique opportunity to research the ecohydrology of southeast Australian Eucalyptus forests.
  • Collaborative research environment with industry partnership, leading to publications and scientific conference presentations.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated researcher to join the Forest Hydrology Research Group and discover the catchment scale factors that contribute to increased stream water colour in forested upland catchments. Water colouration in natural ecosystems is a poorly understood ecohydrologic process, and the aim of this project is to identify the dominant source (or sources) and processes of water colouration from a diversity of forest ecosystem types.

The research position will require extensive field work involving the establishment and operation of field instrumentation in natural Eucalyptus forests in southeast Australia, in addition to laboratory experiments and conceptual model development. As part of a collaborative team, you will have the chance to work closely with researchers in the field and our industry partner, Melbourne Water.

This role offers the unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of catchment scale factors and their impact on water quality, while making a significant contribution to the field through publications and conference presentations. Join us in our mission to address the challenges of water treatment for human consumption and make a tangible impact in the field of forest hydrology.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Working under the guidance of the Chief Investigators, plan and carry out research on water discoloration in forested upland catchments.
  • Developing effective timelines and milestones for completion of the research projects.
  • Contributing to work as a team and further the research group's output, including contributions to the Forest Hydrology Research Group's research and scientific communication objectives.
  • Actively participating in communication and dissemination of research findings and their implications, to government, industry and collaborators.

Who We Are Looking For

You are a collaborative individual with a track record of working effectively with industry partners. You excel both as an independent researcher and as a valuable contributor within a close-knit team environment.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in Forest Science, Spatial sciences, Hydrology, Chemistry, Soil Science or other relevant biophysical discipline.
  • A record of high-quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals and at conferences, commensurate with opportunity.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed research projects with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake field research.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team - 'The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences'

The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences has a vision of science for flourishing environments and communities. The School brings together diverse discipline strengths to lead the development of new interdisciplinary thinking and high-impact solutions for global challenges relating to climate change, food security, healthy food systems, biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, invasive species, and environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural practices. Our expertise spans biophysical, social and technical sciences, and we support a large cohort of PhD students across these domains.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

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