Career Opportunity /  11 September 2022

Research Associate in Conservation Ecology at QUT

This project is part of the Conservation AI Network. We aim to help threatened species & manage invasive species using leading edge analytics and artificial intelligence algorithms. The primary purpose of the position is to contribute to the project formation of a core response & analytics framework (Wildseek). 

Deadline: 11 September 2022 - the deadline has passed.
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane - Australia

More info here: https://qut.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.jati&returnToEvent=jobs.home&jobID=07346E65-913E-8646-6436-C8D17EEAE22F&audienceTypeCode=EXT&UseAudienceTypeLanguage=1 

About the Position

The primary purpose of the position is to contribute to the project Formation of a core response and analytics framework (also known as Wildseek). Working closely with Landcare Australia and WIRES Inc, this project aims to create a system of data collection groups across Australia that are trained to collect wildlife data using drones, with an initial focus on koalas, and to analyse and disseminate that data to improve understanding and management of koalas and other wildlife. This project is part of the Conservation AI Network, a group that pioneered the use of AI for the detection of koalas in native habitat.

The Research Associate will be well supported and will join a research group dedicated to quantitative ecological analysis and biodiversity conservation research using advanced technology, often with the support of Machine Learning. We aim to help threatened species and manage invasive species using leading edge analytics and artificial intelligence algorithms. 

This position provides an exciting opportunity to be a key member of a dynamic team working across the fields of biodiversity conservation, quantitative ecology, artificial intelligence and leading edge technology. 

This position reports to the Associate Professor in Ecology for supervision, workload management and for Performance Planning and Review (PPR).

Key responsibilities include: 

  • Proactively engage and work in close collaboration with the project team. 
  • Contribute to the delivery and development of projects aligned with biodiversity conservation research. 
  • Use software to identify threatened species in imagery supplied from contributing groups.
  • Collate data from imagery that has been supplied by participating groups, data repositories and other sources, for quantitative analysis. 
  • Conduct spatial analysis and statistical modelling to create novel and important new knowledge and to assist with the prioritisation of survey efforts. 
  • Contribute as a team member to assist with data collection, data analysis, and conference presentations, working with a range of collaborators in conservation ecology, invasive species ecology and volunteer groups. 
  • Contribute to publication of scientific reports and scholarly articles in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. 
  • Attend meetings of relevant working groups and committees. 
  • Provide assistance to other projects including PhD, Masters and Honours student projects, as required. 
  • Liaise with volunteer groups to assist with planning surveys, data collection and data transfers. 
  • Implement and administer University policy within the Faculty with respect to equitable access to education and workplace health and safety. 
  • Implementing and administering 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; 
  • work across campuses. 

To be appointed as a Research Associate the successful applicant must meet the position classification standards outlined in the QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff).

How to apply:
  • Read the full position description (attached)
  • Follow the instructions in the QUT careers portal here