[Taxacom] Postgraduate studies on Australian snow daisies (Celmisia) at the Australian National Herbarium, Canberra

Jim Croft jim.croft at gmail.com
Sun Nov 10 17:14:52 CST 2013

Posted on behalf of Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn, Alexander.Schmidt-Lebuhn at csiro.au

Position Details - Role summary for potential applicants

Advertised Job Title: Postgraduate Student - Evolutionary and
biogeographic history of the Australian snow daisies (Celmisia)

Reference Number:  ACT13/03138

Salary Range: Australian Postgraduate Award (or equivalent) top-up
scholarship $10K per year

Location:  Black Mountain, Canberra, Australia

Tenure:  3 year term

Relocation Assistance:  Will be provided to the successful candidate if required

Role Overview:

Applications are invited for a three year postgraduate project at
CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia’s leading plant science institute. The
project will examine the evolutionary and biogeographic history of the
Australian snow daisies (Celmisia) using a combination of
morphological, cytological, molecular and distribution modelling
approaches. The position will be situated with the Systematics
Research group within the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity
Research (CANBR) at Black Mountain in Canberra, ACT. The CANBR is a
joint venture of CSIRO and the Australian National Botanic Gardens and
houses with the Australian National Herbarium one of the most
important national biodiversity collections.

Duties and Key Result Areas:

The successful candidate will conduct field work and sample collection
in south-eastern Australia and Tasmania, and use morphological,
cytological and molecular data (e.g. Genotyping-by-Sequencing) to test
species boundaries and taxonomic concepts in Australian Celmisia. They
will conduct a molecular phylogenetic study in the context of an
international collaboration to infer the biogeographic and
evolutionary history of the genus with a focus on the Australian
species. Over the past few years, the CANBR has developed
world-leading competence in combining phylogenetic analyses, modelling
approaches and data from biodiversity collections to address
biogeographic and evolutionary questions in novel ways. Building on
this expertise, the candidate will use spatial data and distribution
modelling to explore the impact of climatic oscillations on past and
future habitat availability for ancestral and extant species.

Selection Criteria:

Please note: Under CSIRO policy only applicants who meet all the
essential criteria can be appointed.

Science Honours or international equivalent.

Essential Criteria:
1.  Demonstrated experience in, basic knowledge of, and interest in
plant taxonomy, plant morphology, evolutionary biology, molecular
systematics, and/or distribution modelling.
2.  Ability to conduct botanical field work in montane and alpine environments.
3.  Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
4.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and
collaboratively with others in a team environment.

Desirable Criteria:
1.  Experience publishing research (e.g. results of honours project)
in peer-reviewed English language journals.
2.  Demonstrated ability to contribute and apply new ideas and
expertise to achieve research goal.

CSIRO is a values based organisation. In your application and at
interview you will need to demonstrate behaviours aligned to our
values of:

   Integrity of Excellent Science
   Trust & Respect
   Creative Spirit
   Delivering on Commitments
   Health, Safety & Sustainability

Other Information:

How to Apply:

Please apply for this position online at www.csiro.au/careers. You may
be asked to provide additional information (online) relevant to the
selection criteria. If so, then responding will enhance your
application so please take the time to provide relevant succinct
answers. Applicants who do not provide the information when requested
may not be considered.

If you experience difficulties applying online call1300 301 509 and
someone will be able to assist you.

Outside business hours please email:  csiro-careers at csiro.au

IMPORTANT: Please upload your resume/curriculum vitae and other
documents in MS Word only so they can be converted to PDF before being
sent to the Selection Panel. Please note only two documents can be
attached to your application.


If you do not already have the names and contact details of two
previous supervisors or academic / professional referees included in
your resume/CV please add these before uploading your CV.

Contact: If after reading the selection documentation you require
further information please contact Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn by email
at Alexander.Schmidt-Lebuhn at csiro.au or by phone at

(02) 6246 5498.

Please do not email your application directly to Dr Schmidt-Lebuhn.
Applications received via this method will not be considered.

About CSIRO:  Australia is founding its future on science and
innovation. Its national science agency, CSIRO is a powerhouse of
ideas, technologies and skills for building prosperity, growth, health
and sustainability. It serves governments, industries, business and
communities across the nation. Find out more! www.csiro.au.

About CSIRO Plant Industry: CSIRO’s Division of Plant Industry is
promoting profitable and sustainable agrifood, fibre and horticultural
industries, developing new plant products and improving natural
resource management through world-leading research.


Alexander N. Schmidt-Lebuhn
CSIRO Plant Industry / CANBR
Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
Tel. +61 2 6246 5498

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