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Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Queensland

Background of Organization

The University of Queensland, located in Brisbane, Australia, ranks consistently among the world’s top universities and delivers unparalleled teaching, learning, and research excellence. The University is a global leader in finding solutions to society’s problems. It has a strong and internationally focused research culture and an enviable track record in research translation and commercialization. It is also nationally recognized for its leadership in teaching and learning, having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other university


University of Queensland St. Lucia Campus in
Brisbane, Australia

Position Title

Postdoctoral Research Fellow School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Full Time)

Position Details

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of Dr Eve McDonald-Madden’s lab within SEES. The lab is a diverse group of researchers that focus on improving environmental decision-making in complex systems. The lab uses novel techniques from decision science, mathematics, artificial intelligence, network theory and economics to incorporate complexity such as the social context of decisions, the complexity of interacting species and the uncertainty faced by decisions makers.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will support Dr. Eve McDonald-Madden’s Future Fellowship titled “Where’s the beef? A systems approach to taming a global emerging wicked environmental problem.” The successful appointee will investigate the application of novel methodologies to model beef supply and demand at a global scale to analyze the impacts of different policies on the environment and society. Further to assess the best locations for beef production across the globe to attempt to supply the growing beef demand for the least environmental and economic impact.

There are opportunities to work with large data sets and to be part of research teams, to address individually-developed and collaboratively-generated research questions, and to supervise honours, masters and doctoral students.


Applicants should possess a PhD in maths, engineering, economic modelling, systems modelling, ecological modelling, or a closely related discipline. You should also have demonstrated research experiences on quantitative modelling with a focus on complex systems, a track record of publications in the field in high quality journals, experience in liaising and collaborating with external agencies, an ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders but also able to work independently, and high level inter-personal and communication skills. Experience with, economic, trade or agricultural models, modelling at a global scale, optimization and/or game theory is desirable.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated (see below).

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


Additional Information/Application

To discuss this role please contact Dr Eve McDonald-Madden on +61 7 336 56525 or [email protected]

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Advertised: 22 May 2018 
Applications close: 19 Jun 2018 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

 Edited by CS 5-25-18