Research Fellow position @ Deakin University – Ecosystem services/environmental economics

Research Fellow opportunity – Deakin University (Blue Carbon Lab), supervised by Dr Paul Carnell

Location: Queenscliff (1st preference) or Burwood (2nd preference) campus of Deakin University, but working remotely (within Australia) would be considered if the right candidate was found.

Full-time, fixed term (1 year) Level A or level B (AUD $71,348 to $100,837 + 17% Superannuation) dependent on qualifications and experience.

Role description: We are seeking a highly skilled environmental-economist or scientist/ecologist with experience in ecosystem services quantification and/or valuation (preferably marine & coastal). This position will join a team of researchers at Deakin University on a multi-disciplinary, cross-institution project, to value the ecosystem services of marine and coastal ecosystems (specifically mangroves, saltmarsh, seagrass).

This project will assess the extent and condition of marine and coastal ecosystems, and quantify the biophysical and monetary flows of a suite of ecosystem services, in particular blue carbon, fisheries, coastal protection, recreational and cultural services. Strong project management and writing skills are pivotal to the success of this position. The ability to liaise across multiple stakeholder groups and with other researchers is also an important part of this position.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • PhD in ecology/environmental science/environmental economics or a Masters (with significant work experience);
  • Significant project management experience;
  • Significant experience writing papers or reports or other documents;
  • Strong skills in liaising with external collaborators, funders and stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience valuing market or non-market benefits of the environment to people, OR other environmental-economic data, with a preference for experience in marine and coastal or freshwater ecosystems. This may include experience in formulating, implementing, and applying quantitative economic models to fisheries, environmental and/or other natural resource management issues;
  • A demonstrated record of working/research excellence, indicated by the outcomes of completed reports or scientific publications;
  • Experience working in teams with strong inter-personal skills.

If you have these skills, would be an advantage:

  • Experience or knowledge of Environmental-Economic Accounting (EEA) standards such as the UN System for Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA);
  • Experience writing of documents that can be read and understood by a wide-ranging audience.

Applications open now: to apply, send your CV and a cover letter cover letter addressing the selection criteria.

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