Current opportunities

 

Two ARC Laureate PhD Scholarship of 4 Years Duration 

An exciting opportunity exists for up to two four-year PhD scholarships, beginning in 2021, to be part of a five-year Australian Research Council Laureate Program led by Professor Quentin Grafton. An attractive stipend of a minimum of $28,092/year (tax free) is payable for each PhD scholar. In addition to the stipend, there is a full offset for tuition fees and full-cost support for field-related research.

PhD scholars do not need to be from a particular discipline, but it would be an advantage to have either training, experience or expertise in any of the following: environmental sciences, resource and environmental management, health/wellbeing, restoration ecology, anthropology, hydrology, geography, law, and economics, particularly if the expertise was grounded in Indigenous knowledge(s). The appointed PhD scholars must be willing to undertake substantial field research within Australia and be highly motivated to work as part of an interdisciplinary team that focuses on water justice (see Water Justice Hub).

The overarching aim of the Laureate project, of which the PhD scholars will be a key part, is to develop pioneering ways of understanding and supporting water justice. Possible research associated with the scholarships include valuing water and supporting resilient decision-making.

The Laureate project has a particular research focus on water justice issues that are relevant to Indigenous Peoples, especially Australia’s First Peoples. The project is developing collaborative co-research partnerships with First Peoples’ organisations. The proposed Australian field sites include the Barwon-Darling Catchment, New South Wales and the Martuwarra-Fitzroy Basin, Western Australia.

All suitably qualified students are welcome to apply, including international students. We especially encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to apply. Prospective students are asked to submit:

(1) Curriculum Vitae (CV);

(2) Relevant academic transcripts and, where relevant, English Language test scores (in accordance with the ANU’s English language requirements);

(3) Maximum two-page description of their own water-related research or justice-related research, their own broader research interests and experience, and any field-work experience; and

(4) Maximum two-page description of their suitability for a Laureate PhD scholarship including possible research questions they might like to investigate as part of their PhD thesis.

Scholarships remain open until filled but prospective candidates are asked to submit their application before 15 November 2020 to nhatmai.nguyen@anu.edu.au. Queries and further details about the scholarships and the ARC Laureate Project are available directly from Quentin Grafton who can be contacted, in the first instance, at quentin.grafton@anu.edu.au (and please cc to nhatmai.nguyen@anu.edu.au).

Please note that the application is a two-stage process. Successful scholarship candidates must also separately apply for entry into one of four PhD programs at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy with Professor Grafton nominated as the Chair of the supervisory panel (closing application date for commencement semester 1, 2021 is 31 October 2020 and for semester 2, 2021 are 10 March and 12 May 2021). A minimum requirement for entry into a PhD program at the ANU is an Honours degree, a Master’ degree (if without an Honours degree) with a significant research/thesis component, or a combination of qualifications, research publications and/or professional experience related to the field of study (see ANU guidelines here, including English language requirements if English is a second language).

The award of the PhD scholarships is conditional on the successful students being accepted by the ANU into a suitable PhD program beginning in 2021 and the students being able to commence their PhD studies in 2021. 

 

Previous opportunities

 

Crawford School of Public Policy, the Australian National University

Position: Research Fellow

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $99,809 – $113,165 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed term (5 years)

The Australian National University (ANU) has been awarded an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship under the direction of Professor Quentin Grafton that will be located within the Crawford School of Public Policy.

The project’s overarching aim is to develop pioneering ways of valuing water and supporting resilient decision-making for water justice with a particular focus on Indigenous Peoples, especially Australia’s First Peoples.

The project is connected to the ANU Water Justice Hub and has several objectives which include, but are not limited to; enabling evidence-based policies, create an enduring legacy of scholars with world-leading expertise in water valuation and resilient decision-making in relation to water. The planned field sites are located in NSW and the Fitzroy Basin, Western Australia.

Position overview:
The Crawford School of Public Policy is seeking to appoint an outstanding early-career academic (with a PhD or who is about to graduate with a PhD) to contribute to the Laureate project. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in the broadly defined discipline of socio-economics and a willingness to be part of a dynamic, collaborative, interdisciplinary team working towards water justice. The ideal applicant will have excellent capacity for collaborative research and outreach, teamed with a strong interest in working with Indigenous Australians, and will have a strong desire to ensure their research has public policy impact. A demonstrated expertise or willingness to work in water-related research and with communities (especially Australia’s First Peoples) will be well regarded. The start date for the position is negotiable but is intended to be in the first half of 2020.

For further information please contact Professor Quentin Grafton, E: quentin.grafton@anu.edu.au

For further information about the Water Justice Hub, please follow visit our site: https://waterjusticehub.org/arc-laureate-fellowship-awarded/

We welcome and develop applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas and encourage applications from individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, who may have taken a career break or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of academia. We are especially interested in individuals with a passion and willingness to work with Indigenous Australians.

ANU Values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. People with a disability are encouraged to apply. For more information about staff equity at ANU, read here: https://services.anu.edu.au/business-units/human-resources-division/equity-and-diversity

The Australian National University is a world-leading institution and provides a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential. For more information, please see here: https://www.anu.edu.au/jobs

Application information
In order to apply for his role, please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing each selection criteria
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), including 2 recent referees
  • Supporting documents

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Follow this link to apply for this position and review the Selection Criteria

Applications close 02 February 2020

Crawford School, Socio-Economics Thematic water research

Position: Research Fellow/Fellow

Classification: Academic Level B or Level C
Term: Tenure Track (Level B) or Continuing (Level C)

The IWF and the Crawford School of Public Policy are seeking to appoint an outstanding early to mid-career academic to contribute to the School’s research, education and policy impact in the thematic area of water research and policy.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in the broadly defined discipline of socio-economics, will be expected to teach into relevant areas of expertise in the School’s Masters’ programs, and undertake water research as part of a dynamic, collaborative, interdisciplinary team. Our ideal applicant will have excellent capacity for collaborative research and outreach, a passion for teaching, an entrepreneurial approach to building funding partnerships, and a strong desire to ensure their research has public policy impact.

For further information about these roles, please contact Professor Quentin Grafton, 

E: quentin.grafton@anu.edu.au

Follow this link to apply for this position and review the Selection Criteria

Applications close 19 November 2019

Position overview

The Australian National University (ANU) made a major and on-going investment in water research through its National Institute Grant to establish the Institute for Water Futures (IWF). The IWF brings together researchers in 10 water-related positions from across sciences, social sciences, humanities and public policy within the ANU and has established research partnerships with state and federal water agencies, and other research organisations. The IWF mission is to support sustainable water futures and to identify transformative, innovative and robust strategies to resolve the water challenges of today and tomorrow.

The IWF is seeking to recruit several highly motivated and capable early career water researchers from multiple disciplines and areas of expertise. The successful candidates will be expected to work in collaboration with ANU colleagues, research partners including Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, Murray Darling Basin Authority, NSW Department of Industry Queensland Water Modelling Network, Atlas of living Australia and communities to effectively respond to real-world water challenges facing Australia and the Asia and Pacific regions.  Working for the IWF , the successful candidates will be actively collaborating with key stakeholders and researchers as part of an inter-disciplinary water research team and will be effectively contributing to the research and teaching program at the IWF.

We welcome and develop applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas and encourage applications from individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, who may have taken a career break or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of academia.

The positions are available as either Fixed Term, Tenure Track or Continuing opportunities, dependent on the candidate’s experience, capability, preference and the position you are applying for. Please review the below positions and follow the appropriate link to apply.

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $ 99,809 – $113,165 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Classification: Academic Level C
Salary package: $119,844 – $133,202 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Term: Full time, Fixed Term/Tenure-Track/Continuing

 

Fenner School of Environment & Society, Qualitative social science

Classification: Academic Level B or C

Term: Tenure Track (B) or Continuing (C)

The IWF and the Fenner School of Environment & Society are seeking an outstanding advanced early- or mid-career academic with expertise in qualitative social research, futures thinking and/or scenario development; a good track record of interdisciplinarity in natural resource management areas; and ability to work collaboratively within and beyond academia. The successful applicant will be excited to join a dynamic, interdisciplinary and engaged team from across the ANU. We are seeking someone with a passion for research and teaching, understanding and developing relationships between research, policy and practice, and keen to establish a clear research agenda that is compatible with IWF directions and goals.  Our ideal candidate will have the confidence and ability to help establish the social sciences components of the IWF, and to make strong connections across the team.

For further information about the role, please contact Associate Professor Lorrae van Kerkhoff, 

E: lorrae.vankerkhoff@anu.edu.au

Follow this link to apply for this position and review the Selection Criteria

Applications close 19 November 2019

Fenner School of Environment & Society, Hydrological modelling

Classification: Academic Level C
Term: Continuing

The IWF and the Fenner School of Environment & Society are seeking an exceptional early- or mid-career academic with expertise in hydrological modelling, to provide leadership in research and teaching in the area of spatial water resources observation, assimilation and hydrological system modelling and forecasting. The successful applicant will be instrumental in enabling inter-disciplinary collaborative teaching and research in hydrology and related areas, and developing the spatial modelling and data assimilation approaches to provide detailed understanding of water resources systems, real-time monitoring, and short-term to seasonal forecasting of water availability and use. Our ideal candidate will combine outstanding technical skills with enthusiasm to work as an active member of an interdisciplinary team and make an active contribution to IWF directions and goals.

For further information about the role, please contact Professor Albert van Dijk, 

E: albert.vandijk@anu.edu.au

Follow this link to apply for this position and review the Selection Criteria

Applications close 19 November 2019

Fenner School of Environment & Society, Integrated Assessment

Classification: Academic Level C
Term: Continuing

The IWF and the Fenner School of Environment & Society are seeking an early- or mid-career academic with outstanding expertise in model-based integrated assessment and decision support that is recognized internationally. The successful applicant will work closely with IWF partners, especially CSIRO, and be able to demonstrate substantial interdisciplinary leadership relevant to understanding and representing the complex interactions in biophysical-socioeconomic systems. Our ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about sharing their expertise through research and teaching, and will engage closely with a wide range of clients and stakeholders in the water and related sectors.

In addition to the continuing position, there is also the possibility of a fixed-term position at Level C.

For further information about the role, please contact Professor Tony Jakeman, 

E: Tony.Jakeman@anu.edu.au

Follow this link to apply for this position and review the Selection Criteria

Applications close 3 November 2019

Climate Change Institute, Environmental science or social sciences

Classification: Academic Level B
Term: Tenure Track

The IWF and ANU Climate Change Institute are seeking an advanced early-career academic with expertise in climate adaptation including vulnerability assessment, scenario development, planning or other climate adaptation areas related to water management. The successful applicant will have a good track record of interdisciplinarity in natural resource management areas; and ability to work collaboratively within and beyond academia. Our ideal candidate will demonstrate a passion for understanding and developing relationships between research, policy and practice, and be keen to establish teaching and research that is compatible with IWF directions and goals.  They will have the confidence and ability to help establish the climate adaptation components of the IWF, to integrate climate adaptation into other aspects of the IWF research agenda, and to make strong connections across the team.

For further information about the role, please contact Professor Mark Howden, 

E: mark.howden@anu.edu.au

Follow this link to apply for this position and review the Selection Criteria

Applications close 19 November 2019

Research School of Earth Science, Space geodesy analyst

Classification: Academic Level B or Level C
Term: Tenure Track (Level B) or Continuing (Level C)

The IWF and the Research School of Earth Sciences seek an established advanced early- or mid-career researcher with proven expertise in the analysis of high-level space geodetic data and the development of software to perform the analysis, both for existing and future satellite missions.  The successful candidate will be required to teach as well as develop software and analyse data from remote sensing missions (such as GRACE/GRACE Follow-On, SMOS, SMAP, SWOT etc) to generate quantitative estimates of mass transport and changes in water resources on Earth. Our ideal candidate will be eager to contribute their high-level technical skills to a dynamic, interdisciplinary team aligned with IWF goals and directions.

For further information about these roles, please contact Associate Professor Paul Tregoning, 

E: paul.tregoning@anu.edu.au

Follow this link to apply for this position and review the Selection Criteria

Applications close 19 November 2019

Research School of Earth Science, Data assimilation analyst

Classification: Academic Level B or Level C
Term: Tenure Track (Level B) or Continuing (Level C)

The IWF and the Research School of Earth Sciences seek an outstanding advanced early- or mid-career researcher with a demonstrable track record of incorporating observational data into numerical models that represent and track the transport of water in the Earth system. The successful candidate will engage in research and teaching, and have a strong background in data inversion and/or data assimilation (e.g. Kalman filtering), along with interest in, and a general understanding of, how ecosystems and other aspects of the climate system interact with the hydrosphere. There will be a future need to adapt existing models and practices to exploit new remote sensing data, as future missions become operational (e.g. SWOT). Our ideal candidate will work closely with other geodesists and hydrologists in the IWF to develop efficient processes for assimilating remotely sensed estimates of total water storage, soil moisture and surface water levels, and be keen to contribute to the broader, interdisciplinary goals.

For further information about these roles, please contact Associate Professor Paul Tregoning, 

E: paul.tregoning@anu.edu.au

Follow this link to apply for this position and review the Selection Criteria

Applications close 19 November 2019

College of Engineering and computer Science, 3A Institute

Classification: Academic Level B or Level C
Term: Fixed Term, 2 Years

The IWF and the 3A Institute in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science are seeking an exceptional early- to mid-career candidate who is passionate about water management and how technologies, such as the use of artificial intelligence in a range of cyber-physical systems, have the power to transform water systems and the people who depend upon them. The successful applicant will be expected to teach and lead an innovative research program in alignment with the IWF research agenda. Our ideal candidate will demonstrate their ability to work in a highly collaborative manner and be enthusiastic about engaging widely across disciplinary boundaries and into industry, government and community sectors.

For further information about the role, please contact Associate Professor Katherine Daniell, 

E: katherine.daniell@anu.edu.au

Follow this link to apply for this position and review the Selection Criteria

Applications close 19 November 2019

Mathematical Sciences Institute, Applied Mathematics

Classification: Academic Level B or Level C
Term: Tenure Track (Level B) or Continuing (Level C)

In November 2019, the Mathematical Sciences Institute will be advertising a new continuing position in applied mathematics in support of the IWF in areas such as system modelling and uncertainty quantification.

Enquiries for this position should be sent to Professor Stephen Roberts, E:  stephen.roberts@anu.edu.au 

To find out more about the Institute for Water Futures, please follow visit our site Link or please contact Associate Professor Lorrae van Kerkhoff,  E: lorrae.vankerkhoff@anu.edu.au

The Australian National University is a world-leading institution and provides a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential. For more information, please click here.

ANU Values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. People with a disability are encouraged to apply. For more information about staff equity at ANU, click here

Application information

In order to apply for this role, please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing each selection criteria
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), including 2 recent referees
  • Supporting documents

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.