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Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow in Applied Earth System Science

Australian National University
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (AU)
$78,940 - $121,857 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
7 Jan 2024

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Applied Science, Earth Science, Environmental Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Classification: Academic Level A / B
Salary package: $78,940 - $121,857 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Continuing Contingent Funding appointment (Initially up to 24 - 36 months)

The Postdoctoral Fellow (Academic Level A) / Research Fellow (Academic Level B) will work within the Australian Research Council Discovery Project “A systemic environmental impact metric for companies and investors” awarded to Dr Steven Lade. This project has two overarching goals: (a) to advance assessment of interactions between the planetary boundaries (see e.g. and (b) to use this knowledge to refine and implement an “Earth system impact score” ( for companies and investors. The project involves a large team (10+ people) of collaborators at ANU, the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the University of New South Wales. The position may also involve opportunities to interact with other international networks such as the Earth Commission. The level of this appointment, Academic Level A or B, will be determined by the appointee’s level of experience and expertise. The duration of initial funding (24 to 36 months) is constrained by the successful candidate’s start date and funding availability.

The advertised position occupies a crucial role at the interface of the project’s two main goals: analysing and assembling estimates of interaction strengths to produce and apply the Earth system impact score. Tasks may include: analysing outputs of Earth system models; designing and co-ordinating modelling protocols; literature review; independent modelling; conceptual analysis of boundary frameworks; research co-production with other team members and external stakeholders.

We are looking for a sustainability / Earth system scientist who has the technical and scientific skills to carry out scientific research on Earth system interactions, but who can also bridge the “research-practice divide” to apply their knowledge in research co-produced with end users. The ideal candidate will be a strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to quickly develop productive, professional relationships with colleagues and end users. Highly developed organisational skills and effective self-management are key.

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Two postdoctoral positions within the international project team also available at Stockholm University:

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