Job title: Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Peatland Soils

  • Generate new soil science knowledge to support government and community stakeholders to reduce unwanted peatland fires, applying your experience with peat soil chemistry & physics to solve globally significant climate change problems.
  • Work on an international multidisciplinary research-for-development project “Improving Community Fire Management and Peatland Restoration in Indonesia”
  • Be part of a team of researchers from academia, government and NGOs funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Flexible working opportunities, 2-year contract based at the University of Palangka Raya in Indonesia and RMIT University City Campus, Melbourne Australia
  • Remuneration at Academic Level A ($67,630 – $91,734) + superannuation
  • Report directly to Dr Samantha Grover, Lecturer in Applied Chemistry and Environmental Science

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Soil Science Australia – the national peak body for soils and soil scientists

About us

With a membership base of nearly 1000 professionals working or studying in academia, government or industry, Soil Science Australia, is recognised as the national peak body with a vast pool of expertise across every facet of soil science.

Established in 1955, Soil Science Australia has seven active state and regional branches.  The Society hosts a biennial conference (with New Zealand every four years) and an annual soil judging competition in addition to regular professional development and social activities.

Soil Science Australia oversees the prestigious Certified Professional Soil Scientist accreditation program, a network of the most experienced practitioners with significant experience and outstanding academic qualifications.

Soil Science Australia also plays a prominent role in policy development as a contributor to the National Committee on Soils and Terrain and the Australian Soils Network, a member of Science and Technology Australia and in education/training at all levels.

Supporting a new generation of soil scientists at the SOM Conference 2019

Soil Science Australia will be hosting an exclusive event at the Soil Organic Matter Conference for early career researchers and students on Monday 7 October from 6pm to 8pm.

Come along to meet and network with fellow early career scientists and hear career insights from leading international scientist Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, the President of Soil Science Australia Assoc. Prof. Luke Mosley, and Superstar of STEM Dr Samantha Grover.

Interested students and early career researchers should indicate attendance during the symposium registration process. Book your place now—SOM Conference registration.

Become a member

Membership of Soil Science Australia starts at just $70 and offers a range of benefits from discounted journals to networking events and training opportunities.

Find out how Soil Science Australia membership can enhance your career in soil science and support your study, research or employment goals.  Visit our membership portal for full details.

Student Conference Grant

The British Society of Soil Science has a long history of supporting its Early Career Members to attend its conferences and workshops.

In order to ensure that the society continues to meet its strategic aims of “enhancing soil education and developing soil scientists” and “Promoting the understanding, relevance and use of soil science and the dissemination of research findings” the society has created this grant to help students cover some of the costs of attending relevant conferences and workshops that they may not otherwise have been able to afford.

This grant is available to Early Career Members of the society to help fund attendance at conferences applicable to their research field.

The society is delighted to support attendance at the 7th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter in October 2019 and welcome your application for grant funding.

Further details on the Student Conference Grant can be found here Remember you must be a registered Early Career Member of the British Society of Soil Science. Membership costs just £31 per calendar year and in addition to being able to apply for the grant you also receive online access to the two scientific journals “European Journal of Soil Science” and “Soil Use and Management” plus a personal copy of “The Auger” magazine.

You can apply for the Grant here

The British Society of Soil Science is delighted to be hosting the next World Congress of Soil Science at the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow Scotland between 31st July and 5th August 2022.

Travel grants are assessed periodically, the next deadline for submission of applications being 1st August through the BSSS website. For further information please contact Kim Spooner in the society office: grants@soils.org.uk


7th International Symposium
Soil Organic Matter

6 – 11 October 2019

Hilton Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia


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