Feature position

Feature position

  • Professor of Terrestrial Ecology
  • An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant
  • Full-time & continuing
  • Location: Melbourne Burwood Campus
  • Closing date: Sunday 08 March, 2015
  • More information: Professor Guang Shi, Head of School,  Tel: +613 9251 7619 or grshi@deakin.edu.au


The Professor will provide outstanding academic and research leadership in the area of terrestrial ecology and promote the School within relevant academic and professional communities in Australia and internationally.  The appointee will initiate and contribute to School and Faculty teaching, research and program development and entrepreneurial activity in the area of ecology and environment.

The appointee will contribute to service activities locally and internationally particularly in relation to student recruitment and will champion the strategic directions of the School, the Faculty and the University.


  • Providing academic leadership.
  • Building, leading and fostering multidisciplinary research activities in applied terrestrial ecology, especially in areas of landscape ecology, fire ecology, conservation biology and/or restoration ecology across the Faculty and University, and in so doing contributing to scholarly publication, the generation of research and commercial funding and the supervision of honours and postgraduate research students.
  • Developing and managing novel and targeted teaching programs in applied ecology and conservation biology and making recommendations to the Head of School on matters of program and course development, maintenance and delivery, to ensure curriculum quality and relevance.
  • Promoting the discipline of applied terrestrial ecology by forging strong relationships with professional groups, government and non-government organisations, overseas institutions, other academics, industry and the wider community.
  • Contributing to the ongoing development and administration of the School and Faculty, including undertaking significant line management responsibility for the terrestrial ecology/conservation biology discipline.


The appointee must enthusiastically embrace Deakin University's Mission and Core Commitments; he or she must share the University's values.  The appointee must show a willingness to undertake leadership roles within the School, the Faculty and the wider University.

  • PhD in a relevant field (or equivalent).
  • Outstanding academic leadership and professional expertise in the field of terrestrial ecology.
  • Evidence of recognition as a leader in terrestrial ecology.
  • Proven experience in university teaching and learning expertise at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • A sustained track record of internationally recognised research and scholarly publications in the field of applied terrestrial ecology especially in the areas of landscape ecology, conservation biology, fire ecology and management, and/or restoration ecology.


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