Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbial Ecology, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will focus on research related to understanding of fundamental processes involved in microbial colonisation of new environments (plant and soil) and how these processes are impacted by biotic and abiotic stressors. The overall project seeks to identify (a) eco-evolutionary processes that govern microbial colonisation, and (b) impact of disturbances on the rate of colonisation and the functional consequences at habitat and ecosystem scales. 

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will conduct research combining laboratory experiments and field surveys, with advanced modelling approaches required to predict the rate of colonisation by new communities and the functional consequences. The project will use a range of analytical procedures including state-of-the-art next-generation sequencing, soil and plant health measures to characterise how these variables are impacted by the introduction of new species and/or communities. 

The position holder will have expertise in the broad areas of field and laboratory experiments linked to ecological activities and be able to analyse data from microbiome approaches with some knowledge of modelling. 

The position holder will be expected to participate in training relevant to the position, liaise with industrial partners and communicate project findings via journal publications and presentations at scientific conferences and to non-scientific audiences. Opportunity will exist to contribute to the Institute’s teaching effort at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including opportunities for mentoring or supervising Higher Degree Research students. 

Further information and application can be found at:,CurBID,JobListID,jobsListKey,JobID&lid=02988050048

Application deadline is May 19, 2019.