Australia:Postdoctoral Research Associate in Eddy Flux and Trace Gas Fluxes in Crops, Grasslands and Woodlands at The University of Sydney

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Description:The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment (FAE) seeks a person familiar with the analysis of trace gas fluxes at the plot and ecosystem levels. FAE has a set of five eddy flux systems, including three portable, trailer-mounted systems whilst our research spans a range of ecosystems.
You will have the opportunity to rapidly add value to an existing team and data streams from a range of studies. You will also be able to contribute to future experimental designs and to developing novel approaches to quantifying fluxes at different scales.
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. These projects are funded by a variety of competitive sources.

Eligibility: Strong candidates will have a PhD in a relevant field and skills and experience in at least one or more of the above spectroscopy techniques coupled to eddy flux or chamber-based approaches. 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.

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 micrometeorology and/or agricultural greenhouse gas exchange
  • a strong background in micrometeorology or agricultural greenhouse gas exchange
  • demonstrated research capability, via publication, in micrometeorology and/or agricultural greenhouse gas exchange
  • demonstrated experience in data analysis for eddy flux or chamber-based approaches
  • an aptitude for teaching in micrometeorology, greenhouse gas dynamics
  • 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 capacity for independent research.

A significant record of publication in micrometeorology and/or agricultural greenhouse gas exchange, experience in analysis of stable isotopes, such as using laser-based and FTIR spectrometers and evidence of capability in modelling flux data 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).

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit 

Closing Date: 27 August 2013 (Sydney time 11:30pm)

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