Chadwick Biodiversity Fellowship

Postdoctoral opportunity in biodiversity research at the Australian Museum Research Institute.

Dr Jacqueline Nguyen - 2015-2017 Chadwick Biodiversity Fellow

Dr Jacqueline Nguyen - 2015-2017 Chadwick Biodiversity Fellow
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Applications for the 2019 to 2021 Chadwick Biodiversity Fellowship are now OPEN and close 1 June 2018.

If you’ve recently completed your doctorate in biological sciences, the Chadwick Biodiversity Fellowship at the Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) could be the next step in launching your career.

The Fellowship provides an opportunity for an up-and-coming biodiversity scientist to write papers, apply for grants and network with other research scientists in a supportive environment. Applications should address AMRI research priorities which can be found in the 2017-2021 AMRI Science Strategy.

The Australian Museum Research Institute (AMRI) focuses on some of today’s major environmental challenges: climate change impacts on biodiversity, the detection and biology of pest species, and understanding what constitutes and influences effective biodiversity conservation. Our research is underpinned by outstanding scientific infrastructure including extensive natural history collections, wildlife genomics and microscopy laboratories, informatics and a coral reef research station at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this fellowship you must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident. You will have been awarded a PhD in a biodiversity-related field consistent with the Australian Museum's Science Strategy within the 24 months preceeding the application due date.

Terms: The fellowship will provide an early career scientist with an employment contract for up to 2 years at the Australian Museum at the level of Scientific Officer Grade 1/2 (salary commencing at $61,658 excluding 9% superannuation and annual leave loading, effective 15 December 2017). The AM will provide additional support such as assistance with relocation costs, office and lab support and a modest operating budget for research expenses.

Conditions: The two year fellowship should commence on or about February 2019, however a delay in start date may be negotiated up to an including December 2018. The recipient must be based at the AM.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the research priorities as set out in the 2017-21 AMRI Science Strategy;
  • Significance of the scientific contribution to the field of study;
  • Quality and clarity of the proposal;
  • Evidence that the applicant will publish papers and be able to apply for grants;
  • Contribution or significance of the intended outcomes to the broader Australian society;
  • Strength of recommendation from referees or postgraduate supervisor/s;
  • Demonstrated consultation with relevant AM staff members;
  • Quality of the applicant’s research track record.

Applications for the 2019-2021 Chadwick Biodiversity Fellowship are now OPEN.


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General Conditions for Fellowships & Awards

  • One electronic copy (via email) of the application and supporting documentation, including curriculum vitae are required for all fellowships and awards.
  • All publications arising from or assisted by fellowships or awards must include acknowledgment of the AM. Further, one copy of any such publication is to be forwarded to the AM.
  • The recipient of the fellowship or award will sign a standard data license agreement for use of AM collection data and will adhere to copyright conditions associated with data and imagery.
  • Awardees are expected to give at least one seminar at the AM on their research.
  • The information gathered on applications will be used only for the purpose specified for these fellowships and awards. For further information please read the Australian Museum Privacy Statement.
  • Awardees will be provided with basic office facilities and access to AM infrastructure under the same conditions and rates as are offered to staff.

 Applications are currently being accepted until 1 June 2018.

Alexandra Nuttall
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