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Research Fellow: Invasion Biology and Ecoinformatics 

A position for a joint project between the Invasive Species Council and Monash University.

The position 

This is a full-time, fixed term position (Academic Level A) for an initial one year period with the possibility of an extension for a further 1-2 years.

We are seeking a researcher in the fields of invasion biology, biosecurity risk analysis and ecoinformatics. A background in entomology and/or plant pathology and a thorough understanding of systematics will be a significant advantage. The person should be interested in invasion pathways assessment and environmental risk analysis for biological invasions, biodiversity information management and the science-policy interface.


The position is based in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University (Clayton Campus, Melbourne, Australia), and the project is a collaboration between the school’s Prof. Melodie A. McGeoch and the Invasive Species Council. 

Minimum qualifications 

A PhD in the natural sciences, in one or more of the areas outlined above. Applicants with an MSc qualification will be considered if they have significant experience in the relevant subject areas and meet the selection criteria.

Selection criteria 

  • Advanced skills and demonstrated experience in scientific writing, including publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Knowledge of biodiversity data standards and biodiversity data management.
  • Significant skill using a range of software, including geographic information systems, R and Access.
  • Other relevant experience includes systematic review methods and expert elicitation.
  • The person should have initiative and the ability to work independently, as well as be able to communicate effectively across scientific disciplines and with practitioners.

Starting date: Early 2017. The position will be closed once a suitably qualified person is identified. First advertised 16 December 2016.


Send your curriculum vitae and a cover letter responding to the selection criteria, as well as the names and contact details of three references to For further information see McGeoch Research Group.

We grateful acknowledge the support of the Ian Potter Foundation for this position.


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