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Scientific Officer – Chadwick Biodiversity Research Fellowship

About the agency

The Australian Museum is located on the traditional homelands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. The Australian Museum acknowledges the Gadigal people as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land, sky and waterways, paying respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

The Australian Museum (AM) operates within the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, is the first museum in Australia and was founded in 1827. The AM provides access, engagement and scientific research to increase our understanding of natural history and culture, particularly of the Australasian region. The AM holds more than 21 million objects of biological, geological and cultural collections and develops programs, exhibitions and school and community education initiatives onsite, online and offsite.

The AM mission is: To ignite wonder, inspire debate and drive change.

The AM vision is: To be a leading voice for the richness of life, the Earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific. We commit to transform the conversation around climate change, the environment and wildlife conservation; be a strong advocate for First Nations’ culture; and continue to develop world-leading science, collections, exhibitions and education programs.

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About the role

The Chadwick Biodiversity Research Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for gifted scientists to undertake early post-doctoral research at the Australian Museum. The position is especially suited to new PhD graduates with a passion and drive to take this unique opportunity to springboard their career and demonstrate the importance of natural history collections to understanding and protecting the world’s biodiversity. The position may be associated with any of the groups related to biodiversity at the Museum, including terrestrial vertebrates, ichthyology, entomology, arachnology, marine invertebrates, malacology and palaeontology. Strong preference will be given to taxonomy and systematics. The successful applicant is expected to investigate a research question during their tenure and use the position to publish, apply for grants and establish a career. The position will also be expected to take part in corporate activities, such as participating in public education programs, media events and other outreach.

Clarence Earl Chadwick was a passionate entomologist who began collecting insects while he was still at school. After graduating in science at the University of Sydney he took up teaching, followed by a career with the Department of Agriculture. His bequest now provides opportunities for others to explore the natural world with a Fellowship in Biodiversity at the Australian Museum.

Essential Requirements

A PhD completed within the past 24 months or equivalent research experience in biodiversity and applied taxonomy / systematics in a discipline relevant to one of the Australian Museum’s biological science focus areas (including palaeontology) and research priorities. Capacity to conduct applied research, produce peer reviewed publications and attract research funding as evidenced by success during PhD candidature.

If you are applying without a doctorate, please note that this will be taken into consideration by the Selection Panel and a realistic timeline will need to be put forward in the application. The doctorate needs to be confirmed or conferred prior to the commencement of this role.

If successful, overseas applicants are responsible for:

Knowledge & Experience

Adequate knowledge and experience to deliver the Key Accountabilities and perform to the Focus Capabilities outlined in the Role Description.

The successful applicant will be subject to a national criminal records check.

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