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The Australian National University

Postdoctoral Fellow in Evolutionary Ecology

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Level A

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $86,646 per annum + 17% superannuation
Term: Full Time, Fixed Term 30 months starting February 2018

Position Overview 

A postdoctoral position is available in the Division of Evolution and Ecology at the Australian National University to study multi-trait phenotypic plasticity of an alpine plant in response to warming temperatures. Using large-scale temperature-manipulation experiments an Australian alpine herb, the waxy bluebell (Wahlenbergia ceracea), the project will combine state-of-the-art genomic and multivariate statistical analyses to determine whether multi-trait phenotypic plasticity is adaptive, whether it can evolve, and the (epi)genomic mechanisms driving it. The ultimate aim is both to explore fundamental ecological and evolutionary questions and to provide insights into the impact of environmental change on alpine flora.

The post constitutes an exciting opportunity for a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher with experience in evolutionary ecology and/or quantitative genetic analyses. It will involve training in leading-edge techniques in three specialist areas: multivariate statistical analyses, plant thermal biology, and epigenomics.

The position is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project to Professor Loeske Kruuk and Professor Adrienne Nicotra, based in the Division of Evolution and Ecology, within the Research School of Biology.

Epigenomic analyses will be conducted in collaboration with Associate Professor Christina Richards at the University of South Florida.  There will be extensive opportunities for further collaboration, high-profile publications, development of technical skills and career development, as well as wider interactions with the active and supportive research environment at ANU.

Applicants should possess (or be nearing completion of) a PhD in a relevant area of evolutionary ecology or genetics. They should have strong skills in complex statistical analyses and ideally, familiarity mixed model analyses; experience of research on phenotypic plasticity, plant physiology and/or epigenetics would be useful but is not essential. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent communication and writing skills and a strong track record of publication in academic journals.

We are expecting that the position will commence in February 2018.

For enquiries, please contact Professor Loeske Kruuk at or Professor Adrienne Nicotra at

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on

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Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.


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