Research Fellow in Decision Support, Faculty of Science, Academic Division Job in Brisbane QLD at Queensland University of Technology –

A fundamental goal of SAEF is to incorporate

formal environmental decision support into

Antarctic stewardship decisions. The Research

Fellow in Decision Support will provide SAEF

with strategic research capacity in structured

environmental decision support. This will

involve the creation and application of

transparent, structured decision processes,

and formal optimisation tools.

Support for decision making is required across

a range of problems, ranging from invasive

species quarantine and control, threatened

species conservation prioritisation, and

conservation planning. We are therefore

seeking Research Fellow with diverse

experience in decision support, in both the

tools they have used and the problems to

which they have been applied.

Success will be judged by the dual goals of

innovative scientific publications, and research

contributing to environmental stewardship of


This position will sit within either the School of

Mathematical Sciences or the School of

Biology and Environmental Science and

collaborate across SAEF.

This position reports to the Pro Vice-

Chancellor, Sustainability for supervision,

workload management and for Performance

Planning and Review (PPR) in conjunction with

Chief Investigator.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Carry out innovative, impactful conservation


  • Participate in SAEF research meetings to

discuss project objectives, methodology

and outcomes.

  • Prepare research publications suitable for

publication in high quality journals.

  • Contribute to the development of research

progress reports.

  • Present research at national and

international workshops and conferences.

  • Work collaboratively with SAEF research

staff and external stakeholders in the

development of joint research projects.

  • Contribute to supervision of Higher Degree

by Research students associated with


  • Participate in applications for external

research funding.

  • Implement and administer University policy

within the Faculty with respect to equitable

access to education and workplace health

and safety.

To ensure job flexibility the successful

appointee may be required to:

  • perform any other duties as nominated by

the University consistent with the relevant

classification descriptors detailed in the

Enterprise Agreement. Staff undertaking

any new duties will receive training;

  • participate in job rotation or multiskilling in

consultation with their supervisor;

To be appointed as a Research Fellow the

successful applicant must meet the position

classification standards outlined in the QUT

Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff).

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered a fixed-term,

full-time basis for three (3) years.


Gardens Point campus.

Selection Criteria

1. Completion of a doctoral qualification in

environmental science, conservation

biology, data science, mathematics or

statistics, or a strongly quantitative related


2. Experience with application of structured

decision-making in a range of contexts,

using a suite of different methods. These

methods might include mathematical tools,

expert-elicitation workshops, rapid-

prototyping, choice experiments, etc.

3. Well-developed communication and

interpersonal skills and demonstrated

ability to work collaboratively with

researchers from a multidisciplinary

background on novel environmental

management problems.

4. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with

end-users and other stakeholders in

environmental stewardship. For example,

local, state, federal governments, or

nongovernmental organisations.

5. Track record of publication of research

findings in peer-reviewed journals and


6. Research leadership skills, including

support of research assistants and

postgraduate student supervision.

Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is Academic

Level A (LEVA) which has an annual

remuneration range of $79,954 to $108,490

pa. Which is inclusive of an annual salary

range of $68,139 to $92,458 pa salary and

17% superannuation.

In July 2020 QUT staff voted in favour of a

variation to its Enterprise Agreements. The

variations were approved by the Fair Work

Commission in August 2020.

The variation impacts leave loading (for new

staff no loading will be paid or accrued during

the period the variation is in effect), salary

increases (the salary increase which was due

to occur in the first full pay period of December

2020 has been deferred until the first full pay

period of December 2021) and superannuation

(superannuation will be paid to staff as though

the salary increase which would have been

paid in December 2020 has taken effect and,

subject to the rules of the superannuation fund,

a defined benefit member will continue to make

contributions in alignment with the contributions

made by the University). A link to the variation

is here.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a

career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible

benefits. With competitive remuneration

including superannuation, the University offers

real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation

that is proud of its excellent employment

conditions which include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced working load scheme
  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and

financial assistance

  • Comprehensive professional


Further benefits can be found at the Life at

QUT page.

Information for applicants

The position is open to applicants who have

unrestricted work rights in Australia for the

duration of the fixed-term appointment. In

support of our strategic priority of Indigenous

Australian success, Aboriginal Australians and

Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged

to apply.

For further information about the position,

please contact Professor Kerrie Wilson, Pro

Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability Strategy), on

07 3138 3355; or for further information about

working at QUT contact Human Resources on

07 3138 5000.

Candidates who are interested in the position

are encouraged to apply even though they may

feel they are not strong on individual selection


In assessing merit, the panel will take into

consideration “performance or achievement

relative to opportunity”. We recognise that

many staff today have a range of personal

circumstances, and career histories that

challenge traditional ideas of an academic staff

member. This may mean, for example,

prioritising the quality of achievement rather

than the quantity, as considerations of part-

time employment, career interruptions and

significant periods of leave are taken into

account when assessing performance or


The selection panel is also committed to

conducting a process which is fair and free

from bias, including unconscious bias.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please

visit www.qut.edu.au/jobs for reference number


When applying for this position your application

must include the following:

  • A current resume; and
  • Response to the selection criteria

Applications close 22 August 2021

About QUT

QUT is a major Australian university with a

global outlook and a ‘real world’ focus. We are

one of the nation’s fastest growing research

universities and our courses are in high


We are an ambitious and collaborative

institution that seeks to equip our students and

graduates with the skills they will need in an

increasingly disrupted and challenged world.

We are transforming the student experience

we offer our 50,000 students and we place a

premium on the international and national

accreditation of our various professional


We offer academic programs in fields spanning

business, creative industries, education,

engineering, health, law, science, and social

justice across five faculties.

We are transforming the learning experience

and embed work integrated learning in courses

and have a strong focus on developing

entrepreneurial skills. QUT provides executive

education and professional development to

both individuals and organisations through

QUTeX, and QUT Online lets students learn

when it suits, through courses delivered

entirely online. QUT College offers pathways

for all students into our undergraduate


QUT has two inner-city campuses in Brisbane

at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove.

Well known for our strong links to industry and

government, the high impact of our research

which involves multidisciplinary teams, QUT

has been named one of the fastest rising

universities in the world for scientific research.

Further information about QUT can be

obtained from the website at www.qut.edu.au.

Our Vision

QUT’s Blueprint 6 is our institutional strategic

plan. The Blueprint formalises QUT’s

ambitions and declares our strong sense of

purpose which is to provide transformative

education and research relevant to our

communities. It provides a framework and

strategies to enable QUT to realise our vision

to be the university for the real world and

identifies the following priorities:

  • support aspiration and inclusion
  • encourage creativity and entrepreneurship
  • embrace digital transformation and


  • embed principles of health and wellbeing
  • support Indigenous Australian

engagement, success and empowerment

  • enable professional engagement and

ethical leadership and,

  • focus on the environment and


Aligned to and supporting our vision are the

QUT Values. These Values highlight what

makes QUT distinct and successful. Providing

a compass for our decisions, actions and

behaviours and strengthening our community.

QUT Values

  • Ambition
  • Curiosity
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Inclusiveness

About the Academic


Academic Division includes the University’s

faculties and research centres. It is responsible

for education (learning and teaching),

research, research services and support, and

digital business solutions. The Academic

Division is led by the Provost.

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Science aims to explore the

frontiers of our physical and digital worlds to

drive innovation and develop solutions to

complex, real-world challenges. We deliver

distinctive programs in Information

Technology, Mathematics and Science to meet

industry demands for data-driven and

technological capabilities.

Through long standing collaborations with

partners such as Queensland Government,

CSIRO, Australian Space Agency, Bank of

Queensland, Suncorp, Asahi Kasei

Corporation, Sumitomo Electric Industries,

Technology One and Aurecon, the Faculty

remains at the forefront by facilitating learning

that is delivered on campus, online and in the

real-world. Strong industry connections enable

us to address complex challenges though

research and innovation, as well as offer our

students relevant and practical learning


Our Schools are established around disciplines

that promote collaboration in teaching and

research. These include:

  • School of Biology and Environmental


  • School of Chemistry and Physics
  • School of Computer Science
  • School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • School of Information Systems
  • School of Mathematical Sciences

The Faculty is renowned for its translational

research expertise in areas such as climate

change, energy, geosystems, food security

and water resource management. The Faculty

is home to outstanding researchers of

international distinction, including four ARC

Australian Laureate Fellows and the Australian

Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and

Statistical Frontiers. Our Research Centres


  • Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy
  • Centre for Data Science
  • Centre for Materials Science
  • Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and


  • Centre for the Environment
  • Centre for Waste Free World

The Faculty is led by the Executive Dean and

the Executive Management Team which

includes the Executive Dean, Deputy Dean,

Heads of School, and the Faculty Operations


About the School of

Mathematical Sciences

The School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS) is

a vibrant, multidisciplinary school with

extensive teaching and research programs

covering the fields of statistics, operations

research and applied and computational


There are currently 29 full-time academic staff

members employed in the School, including 8

Professors and an ARC Laureate Fellow in the

Discipline of Statistics and Operations


Over the past four years 5 staff members were

awarded an ARC Discovery Early Career

Award, 4 staff were awarded ARC Future

Fellowships and 3 professors were in

Australia’s top five most highly cited

researchers in mathematics in 2016, 2018, and

2019. The School also has two recipients of

national teaching excellence awards in


The School offers programs of study at

Bachelors, Honours, Masters (research) and

PhD levels. The Bachelor of Mathematics

degree offers majors in our three key areas

of expertise, namely Statistics, Operations

Research and Applied and Computational

Mathematics. The SMS hosts a node of the

prestigious Australian Research Council

Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and

Statistical Frontiers: Big Data, Big Models,

New Insights (ACEMS). The Centre includes

over 50 researchers and research students

at QUT and almost 100 participants across


In November 2019, QUT officially opened

the Centre for Data Science which has a

vision to be a national and global leader in

the development of frontier methods for the

use of data to benefit our world. In

collaboration with government and industry,

this Centre will draw together capability in

data science across Australia to solve global

challenges across all sectors. The Centre

also has a strong remit in education to

provide rigorous training of current and

future data scientists.

The research undertaken in SMS is well

aligned with the research goals of the

Institute of Future Environments (IFE) and

strengthens QUT’s real world positioning

through better partnerships across internal

and external boundaries.



About the School of

Biology and

Environmental Science

The School of Biology and Environmental

Science seeks to understand how

microorganisms, fungi, plants, and animals –

grow, sense, adapt, interact, and evolve. It

studies how genes, species and ecosystems

function and can be managed, conserved, and

restored; and where appropriate apply this

knowledge to biotechnological solutions. Our

school brings together multidisciplinary

research teams to address global challenges,

ranging from food security to climate change.

We work across all levels of complexity, from

genes to whole organisms, and in natural to

modified ecosystems. Through research, we

aim to:

  • significantly contribute to the

advancement of food production,

  • develop more resilient and nutritional


  • understand groundwater-soil-vegetation


  • treat plant and animal diseases, and
  • prevent and control pests and invasive


The school has an outstanding record of

producing impactful pure and applied research

outcomes, with ERA ratings for fields of

research either at or well above world standard

(ERA 2015). We are the partner of choice for

research and innovation at federal, state and

regional government levels, and with industry

and end-users. Our researchers currently play

a leadership role in the Australian Research

Council’s (ARC) Industrial Transformation

Research Centre for Fruit Fly Biosecurity

Innovation and the ARC Centre of Excellence

in Synthetic Biology. School members

have leadership roles and are affiliated with a

number of University research centres

including the Centre for Agriculture and

Bioeconomy, Centre for the Environment and

Centre for a Waste-Free World. Mindful of the

way in which science and engineering must be

done in the 21st century, the school creates an

environment where issues can be discussed,

researched and resolved in a way that attends

to competing priorities. Our courses in science

and engineering reflect this approach as we

seek to provide students with learning

experiences appropriate to real world


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