Postdoctoral Fellow - Plant Ecologist

Job type: 
Lincoln University
New Zealand
Apply By (date): 
Friday, July 1, 2022 - 18:00


Mō te tūnga | The role

We have a remarkable opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow - Plant Ecologist to join our Department of Pest Management & Conservation based at our Lincoln Campus, working closely with Distinguished Professor Philip Hulme.

You will determine how seed limitation, soil conditions and herbivores limit the reinvasion of wilding conifers in the Canterbury high country, including:

  • Establishing and monitoring large-scale manipulative experiments involving seed addition, fenced exclosures and soil treatments
  • Contributing in raising the University's research profile through publications, research and extensive collaborations
  • Conducting collaborative research, to advance a major, multidisciplinary research programme and more broadly in the field of biological invasions
  • Supporting wider research and extension examining the management of wilding conifers across New Zealand undertaken by Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries, Regional Councils and community groups

This is a full time, three year fixed-term position, working approximately 37.5 hours per week. 

Ngā tino Pūkenga/Whēako | Essential skills/experience for the role

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • a PhD in Weed Ecology, Plant Population Ecology, or Plant Invasions commensurate with the role
  • Experience in drafting research protocols, research plans and reports
  • Evidence of past publication of research in peer reviewed literature
  • An ability to collect high quality data in carefully conducted field trials in the natural environment
  • Willingness to work off-site in the field away from Lincoln for extended periods
  • An understanding and experience of statistical methods and their application (e.g., SPSS, R etc.)
  • Effective organisational skills and demonstrable initiative and self-motivation
  • A developing record of scholarly research and publication and/or creative work
  • Demonstrated evidence of good oral and written communication skills in English
  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with students and staff from a diverse range of backgrounds

Ngā hua ka riro ki a koe | What's in it for you? 

As an employee of Lincoln University, you can reap the rewards of working with a supportive team that cares about you.

From day one you will be eligible to our staff benefits such as:

  • Work-life balance with a family-friendly, flexible work environment
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Five weeks annual leave plus five paid university holiday days per year
  • Discounted health insurance
  • A state of the art, on-campus gym with discounted fees

Mō mātou | About us 

As the longest running agriculturally based university in the Southern Hemisphere, Lincoln University's story begins with farming, but it does not end there.

With three academic faculties, one teaching division, several research centres, and a range of corporate service units, Lincoln University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries. Lincoln University has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 600 staff.

Tono ināianei | Apply now

Submit your CV and cover letter (describing your fit to this position) online today.  Specific enquiries about the role itself can be made to Distinguished Professor Philip Hulme,