Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Coastal Groundwater job with FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

About Flinders

Our bold vision, reflected in our Strategic Plan: Make a Difference: Agenda 2025, is to be internationally recognized as a global research leader, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of the most enterprising graduates from Australia.

To achieve this ambition, we recently made a significant organizational change to a six-college structure with professional alignment of staff and services.

We recognize that the key to our success is exceptional people and we are looking for an exceptional individual to join our transformed university team.

Type of employment:

Fixed term (Fixed term)

Position Summary

Availablity:
2 positions available
Fixed term until March 2025 | Full time

Pay level:
Academic level A or Academic level B

Wage scale:
Academic Level A: $78,340 – $94,938 per year
Academic level B: $99,827 – $118,135 per year

Pertaining to:
Professor of Hydrogeology

This position, Postdoctoral Researcher in Coastal Groundwater, will be part of a research team working on an ARC-funded project: “Supporting Intensive Agriculture through Droughts and Floods”. This is a collaborative project between Flinders University, Monash University, Charles Darwin University, Queensland University of Technology and Lower Burdekin Water (LBW).

The postdoctoral researcher will study recharge, surface water-groundwater interactions, freshwater-saltwater dynamics and water management practices in a coastal aquifer in northern Queensland (the Lower Burdekin Delta; LBD), using various hydrogeological techniques. For example, saltwater dynamics will be explored using numerical groundwater models and laboratory experiments in sand reservoirs, supported by extensive field data from the field site, where the Agricultural water demand draws heavily from the region’s coastal aquifers. The long-term behavior of LBD groundwater systems in response to natural and human-induced variations in climate, land use, river regulation and groundwater pumping will be explored.

Main responsibilities of the position

The Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) is responsible for:

  • Provide support for hydrogeological research on mixed-density groundwater systems, including the Lower Burdekin Delta Coastal Aquifer. The research will include numerical modelling, field activities, report writing, data analysis and possibly sand reservoir experimentation.
  • Application of numerical models of variable-density groundwater flow and solute transport to explore mixed-density groundwater systems related to seawater intrusion, under various conditions, including episodic flooding and the effects of tidal boundary conditions.
  • Communicate and collaborate successfully with project personnel from other disciplines and institutions;
  • Contribute to the physical experimentation of mixed-density groundwater processes.
  • Contribute to any field work associated with the project.
  • Writing clear scientific written papers and presenting results at group meetings and other scientific forums.
  • Any other responsibilities related to the level of the position assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.
  • Travel to field and/or interstate sites may be required to attend meetings with project partners.

The postdoctoral researcher (level B) is responsible for:

  • Provide support for hydrogeological research on mixed-density groundwater systems, including the Lower Burdekin Delta Coastal Aquifer. The research will include numerical modelling, field activities, report writing, data analysis and possibly sand reservoir experimentation.
  • Application of numerical models of variable-density groundwater flow and solute transport to explore mixed-density groundwater systems related to seawater intrusion, under various conditions, including episodic flooding and the effects of tidal boundary conditions.
  • Communicate and collaborate successfully with project personnel from other disciplines and institutions;
  • Lead activities involving physical experimentation with mixed-density groundwater processes.
  • Contribute to any field work associated with the project.
  • Produce clear scientific written materials and present results at group meetings and other scientific forums.
  • Any other responsibilities related to the level of the position assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.
  • travel to field and/or interstate sites may be required to attend meetings with project partners.

Capabilities of the key position

Postdoctoral research associate (level A):

  • A PhD in hydrogeology or a related field (or nearly completed a PhD) or equivalent experience.
  • Expertise in numerical groundwater modeling and ability to develop models of groundwater flow with variable density and solute transport.
  • Knowledge of the relationships between surface processes and groundwater systems, including surface water-groundwater interaction and soil-groundwater processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and commitment to publishing research.
  • High level written and oral communication and interpersonal skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.

Postdoctoral researcher (level B):

  • A doctorate in hydrogeology or a related field.
  • Expertise in numerical groundwater modeling and demonstrated ability to develop models of groundwater flow with variable density and solute transport.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the relationships between surface processes and groundwater systems, including surface water-groundwater interaction and soil-groundwater processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and work with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and commitment to publishing research.
  • High level written and oral communication and interpersonal skills in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.

For applications, please contact: Professor Adrian Werner

Please note that appointments will be made either to the postdoctoral research associate position (level A) or to the position of postdoctoral researcher (level B). Please indicate in your statement of aptitude the level for which you wish to be considered.

Prescribed conditions of employment

Flinders University has introduced a COVID-19 vaccination policy which requires all new staff to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to medical waivers and limited exemptions.

Information for applicants:

You must provide a declaration of aptitude of no more than three pages, addressing the core capabilities of the position, as outlined above. Additionally, you need to upload your resume.

A valid National Police Certificate satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful candidate can commence the position.

We seek to increase diversity to improve equal opportunity for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, persons with disabilities and/or of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent to apply.

Please note that late applications and applications sent through agencies will not be accepted.

Closing of applications at 11:59 p.m.:

May 18, 2022