Postdoctoral Fellow in Forest Ecology

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University of Waikato
New Zealand
Apply By (date): 
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 00:00


Ngā kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to a project funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand: Mycorrhizas, alternative stable states, and landscape partitioning in south-temperate forests. Bringing together ecologists working in New Zealand, Chile and Australia, the project tests a new mycorrhizal framework that may reconcile the divergent views of Nothofagus forest ecology that have arisen in these different south-temperate regions. The Fellow will have highly-developed skills in statistical modelling, and a strong background in community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and/or forest ecology. The Fellow will work under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Chris Lusk (University of Waikato) and Prof. Ian Dickie (University of Canterbury).

Ko wai mātou? Who are we?

Te Wānaga o Waikato – the University of Waikato stands proudly on the world stage as a provider of future-focused, international education and an active player in global research.

Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science has a unifying commitment to the pursuit of outstanding science. We have access to not only world-class facilities, but some very unique natural environments. The School of Science includes Aquaculture, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Ecologyand Biodiversity, Environmental Sciences and Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Ko wai koe? Who are you?

You will need:

  • A PhD in a relevant field
  • Broad and in-depth knowledge of community ecology, ecosystem ecology, and/or forest ecology
  • Demonstrated strong skills in computer programming and statistical modelling
  • Evidence of ability to publish as first author in leading ecological journals
  • Good communication skills and an ability to work in a team
  • To be enthusiastic, proactive and goal orientated.
  • To be a team player, committed to achieving excellence in research, academic success and service through a culture of openness, flexibility and collegiality.

For a detailed description of the key tasks and responsibilities, please see the attached position description.

We strongly encourage applicants with the relevant capabilities from all backgrounds to apply. We would greatly value seeing Māori applicants. Anyone applying from overseas should be aware of immigration guidelines which can be found here:

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He ahangā take me tono mai ai koe? - Why should you apply for this position?

The University provides a unique and satisfying work environment with many benefits to our staff including generous superannuation, options to study and leave and flexible working provisions.

This is a fixed term full-time position for a period of 24 months and offers a salary range of $79,337- $82,000 per annum to reflect qualifications, skills and experience brought to the position.

Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Associate Professor Chris Lusk, email:

Closing Date: 31 August 2021

Vacancy Number: 410177

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