Post Doctoral position at the Australian National Herbarium

Jim Croft jrc at ANBG.GOV.AU
Wed Jul 11 07:41:30 CDT 2001


POST DOCTORAL FELLOW
$47K - $53K (Australian Dollars) PLUS SUPERANNUATION

CSIRO Plant Industry seeks to benefit Australia's agri-business industries
and environmental conservation through research that improves international
competitiveness and sustains the resource base.  This is achieved by
applying strategic research in the plant sciences to promote profitable and
sustainable agri-food and fibre industries, and to improve natural resource
management.  The Division has a staff of 700 with 60% located at its
headquarters in Canberra and other groups located at seven sites across
Australia.

The Centre for Plant Bioidversity Research and the Australian National
Herbarium  require a Post Doctoral Research Fellow to assist a research
team in seeking an understanding of geospatial distribution patterns in
primitive Australian non-flowering vascular plants (the ferns and
gymnosperms).  The successful candidate will use herbarium specimen
locality records and their inferred environmental profiles, to develop and
test hypotheses for their contemporary distribution and to develop
generalised models for the distribution of these plants.

This position is for a term of 3 years.

An Information Package and Selection Documentation can be obtained by
contacting the answering service on (02) 6246 5434, fax (02) 6246 5103 or
email recruit at pi.csiro.au  Alternatively hearing impaired applicants may
call TTY on (02) 6246 5136.  This information is also available via our web
site http://www.pi.csiro.au/

Background information on the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research and
the Australian National Herbarium can be found at http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/

For further information about this position and project contact Jim Croft
on (02) 6246 5500 or jrc at anbg.gov.au.

Applicants must obtain and respond to the Selection Criteria and Duty
Statement.  Address your application for the above position quoting
Reference No. PG: 01058 and include details of your experience, skills,
qualifications and the names of at least 2 referees.  Please mark
'Confidential' and forward to: Billie Zouch, Human Resources, CSIRO Plant
Industry, GPO Box 1600, Canberra ACT 2601 by date TBA.

(NOTE: THIS POSITION IS TO BE INCLUDED ON THE INTERNET PAGE 'EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITIES IN AUSTRALIA'.  THIS ADVERTISEMENT IS NOT RESTRICTED TO
AUSTRALIAN APPLICANTS ONLY.)

DUTY STATEMENT

CSIRO PLANT INDUSTRY
GPO BOX 1600, CANBERRA, ACT   2601, AUSTRALIA

CLASSIFICATION: Post Doctoral Fellow (CSIRO Officer Level 4)
POSITION NO:    PG: 01058
PROGRAM:        UA  Biodiversity of the Australian Flora
SUPERVISOR:     Jim Croft (02) 6246 5500 - jrc at anbg.gov.au
TENURE: Term - 3 years
LOCATION:       Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT, Australia

MAIN PURPOSE:

To assist a research team to:

         Seek an understanding of geospatial distribution patterns in
primitive Australian non-flowering vascular plants, using herbarium
specimen locality records and their inferred environmental profiles.
         Develop and test hypotheses for the contemporary distribution of
primitive Australian ferns, fern allies and gymnosperms.
         Develop generalised models for the distribution of primitive
Australian vascular plants

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under general/limited direction:

1.      Prepare and test predictive models for the spatial distributions of
these plants.

2.      Use modern geographic and spatial modeling tools to validate the
occurrence and distribution of herbarium records of non-flowering vascular
plants in Australia and develop generalised procedures that can be applied
to the rest of the Australian flora

3.      Investigate:
- common patterns of occurrence, distribution, association of these species.
- the detection and charactisation of areas of endemism for these plants
- the detection and characterisation of areas of high and low diversity
(hot spots and cold spots) for these plants.

4.      Implement and proliferate GIS and spatial analysis and
visualisation technology throughout the programs of the Centre for Plant
Biodiversity Research and the Australian National Herbarium.
SELECTION CRITERIA
POST DOCTORAL FELLOW - CSOF 4
CSIRO PLANT INDUSTRY (PG:01058)

Pre-requisite:  PhD in plant taxonomy and/or physical geography or a
related discipline.  Owing to the terms of the fellowship, candidates must
not have more than 3 years relevant Post-Doctoral Experience. (Submission
of PhD thesis carrying a strong referee's statement recommending a pass
would warrant initial appointment at the level of Experimental Scientist)

1       PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

1.1     Demonstrated ability and experience in spatial information systems
and detailed familiarity with a range of GIS software.

1.2     Demonstrated ability and experience in data and information
management in biological collections and sound knowledge of biological
collections database design.

1.3     Demonstrated ability and experience in plant taxonomy and
systematics in an herbarium environment, preferably in pteridophytes and/or
gymnosperms.

1.4     Demonstrated ability and experience in spatial and environmental
modeling and a sound working knowledge of spatial modeling and
visualisation software applications.

2       PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

2.1     Demonstrated ability to devise and run a research program.

2.2     Demonstrated ability to set and manage work programs and meet
schedules.

2.3     Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to liaise
with other researchers.

2.4     Demonstrated ability to use initiative.

2.5     Evidence of good communication skills and ability to publish the
results of scientific research in various media

2.6     Ability to work in accordance with Equal Employment Opportunity,
Occupational Health and Safety and Industrial Democracy principles.

(NOTE: Pre-employment Medical Criteria exist for this position)

Applications should be framed against the Selection Criteria.


~ Jim Croft ~ jrc at anbg.gov.au ~ 02-62465500 ~ www.anbg.gov.au/jrc/ ~




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