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Research Assistant

Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional
Classification: ANU Officer 4

Classification: ANU Officer Grade 4 (Research)Salary package: $65,101 - $70,433 per annum plus 17% superannuationTerms: Full time, Fixed term (17 months)
If you’re a highly motivated person this is an opportunity to work with a productive, enthusiastic and collaborative research team as we measure plant thermal tolerance in the desert and alpine to inform conservation and management actions.
Position Overview
We are looking for an energetic, motivated person to join an outstanding team of plant biologists and conservation practitioners to study the thermal tolerance of alpine and dryland species in the context of threatened ecological community management. A strong academic record and degree or relevant background/skills in plant husbandry, ecology, evolution and/or physiology are required. Extensive field campaigns in the drylands and alpine areas of NSW are the core of this project, so experience of the challenges of, and desire to work in, field conditions are necessary.
The research Assistant will contribute to an Australian Research Council (ARC) supported project “Living on the Edge: How do Australian plants cope when pushed to their limits?” Desert and mountain species live at the thermal limits of biological processes and are exposed to both very low and very high temperatures. Those thermal ranges are becoming ever more variable and extreme. Our project will explore drivers and predictors of thermal tolerance. The project aims to identify species most resilient and most at risk under climate change and to inform effective management of threatened ecological communities.  
The Division of Ecology and Evolution at the ANU Research School of Biology (RSB) sits within the College of Science (CoS). Staff and students within RSB conduct research and deliver a research-led education program that encompasses the great breadth of ecology and evolution, supported by extensive international networks and world-class facilities. 
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For more information please contact Professor Adrienne Nicotra, Research School of Biology E:
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 visit
Application Information
In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:
A statement specifically addressing each of the selection criteria.
A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.
Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in Australia.
Position Description & Selection Criteria

Advertised: 13 Sep 2019 09:00:00 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 06 Oct 2019 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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Research Assistant The Australian National University


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