Research Fellow in Environmental Science

University of Queensland



About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.


As part of our commitment to research excellence, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and post-fellowship contracts via our UQ Amplify initiative.


At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. Not only do we have one of the largest PhD enrolments in Australia, but we have also made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.


About This Opportunity 

The primary role of the position is to undertake data analysis to assess and understand sustainability of the products/systems. The position is with the Centre for Crop Science of Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI). As a research-focused academic at Level A, you will be supported and guided by more senior research academic staff with the expectation of an increasing degree of autonomy over time and will work as a collaborative team, likely involving different centres of QAAFI and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.


Key responsibilities will include: 



  • Undertake data analysis for sustainability assessment of agri-food systems.

  • Meta-analysis using different machine learning algorithms

  • Assessing the influence of different variables in farming systems and food processing using advanced multivariate statistical techniques

  • Undertake research activities related to related topics of sustainability assessment, including capturing stakeholders' feedback and perceptions using different methods, viz. fuzzy cognitive mapping

  • Document research findings in technical reports and scholarly papers in high-quality refereed international journals.

  • Support the development of research proposals in aligned topics for external funding.

  •  Perform research-related administrative functions as required.

  • Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.


Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).

  • Demonstrates personal effectiveness in supervision and the management of researcher development.

  • Effective lead and develop supervisee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.

  • As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

  • Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.


Citizenship and Service

  • Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.

  • Shows leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit

  • Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.

  • Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.

  • Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.

  • Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.



Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:


This is a research-focused academic position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.


This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 2 years, at Academic level A. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $86,346.14 - $99,426.59, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $86,941.16 - $116,329.11 annually. 


The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.


About You  

  • PhD or equivalent experience in agronomy, environmental science, or any other agriculture-related fields Application with near to completion of PhD (thesis submission by 2023) can also be considered.

  • Strong expertise in data analytics and familiarity with R, or any other data analytics software.

  • Proven skills in machine learning algorithms, multivariate statistical techniques and spatial analysis

  • Familiarity with analysing both quantitative as well as qualitative data

  • Track record of high-quality, peer-reviewed journal publications related to sustainability

  • Ability and willingness to work effectively with the staff and students.

  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

  • An emerging profile in research in the discipline area.

  • Some experience in meaningful internal service roles and contributions towards external activities


In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment; applications from international candidates will be considered but must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment and would be expected to seek and fund their own appropriate work visa in order to progress.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Sudhir Yadav -


For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line. 

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section


Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to 


If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.


Applications close Friday 11 August 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-27989).

Please note applications will be reviewed as received. Candidates may be interviewed prior to the job closing date. We encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. The University of Queensland reserves the right to close this application process early.

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