Job Position: 
Postdoctoral and Professional
Closing Date: 
Sunday, April 28, 2019

Job no: 505715
Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Academic - Research Only / Fellowship

  • MQ and WIOMSA Co-funded fellowship
  • Salary Package: Level A, Step (PhD) from $91,991 to $98,588 and plus 17% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Full-time, fixed term for 3 years, with a possibility of extension up to 5 years

The Role:

Macquarie University (MQU) and Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) partnership, with support from Macquarie University DVC is currently seeking a suitably qualified Postdoctoral Research Fellow. This position is tailored towards an enterprising Postdoctoral Researcher interested in engaging in interdisciplinary research.

Our goals for this co-funded fellowship are to: i) support management decisions on marine spatial planning (MSP), and to ii) strengthen the link between science and policy for the conservation of marine biodiversity and sustainable development in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). Using scientific outputs from relevant Marine Science for Management (MASMA) funded projects, and from other previous and ongoing scientific research in the WIO, this partnership seeks to: (i) explore opportunities for integrating science into policy for the conservation and management of marine biodiversity in the WIO; (ii) support the development of MSP and related capacity building on integrated marine and coastal area management, as part of assisting countries in the region to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) strategic Plan for marine and coastal biodiversity, 2011-2020, including the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and SDG-14; (iii) provide technical capacity and scientific input to support implementation of projects, fund raising, identifying and coordinating scientific and management responses to emerging issues pertaining to marine environment, by liaising with relevant partner institutions in the region.

Reporting to Joseph Maina (MQU) and Julius Francis (WIOMSA) the successful candidate will:

  • Provide support to enable the science/policy integration and MSP efforts in the region and take an active part in developing the partnership’s exciting initiative, including the Science to Policy Platform for the UNEP Nairobi Convention;
  • Be responsible for analyzing large data sets and evaluating the potential of existing data to produce decision support outputs for both policy and management;
  • Contribute to the publication of academic papers in world class journals in themes related to the scope of this Post-doc;
  • Mentor Higher Degree Research Students at Macquarie University (Masters of Research and PhD students) and
  • Participate in capacity building activities for practitioners in WIO.
  • See link for Selection Criteria and additional contact information

Contact Name: 
Julius Francis
Contact Email: 
Job Location: 
Sydney and Zanzibar