Opportunities (arranged newest to oldest)

Conference (ERI Sponsored)

Inaugural Invasomics Regional Meeting (In Person and Online, 6-9 November 2022)

"In this regional meeting, we will focus on understanding the role of the genome in biological invasion. We will encourage and prioritise talks from attendees whose research targets the genomics of invasion for a diverse variety of species (especially non-model organisms) and geographic areas, and where there is an emerging understanding of evolutionary processes facilitating local/global range expansion. With this approach, we will expand the scope of the meeting beyond the cornerstone invasive species models towards a more holistic engagement among researchers that has greater potential to provide generalisable key take-aways."

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Vacancies (University of Waikato - School of Science)

Vacancy 420359: Postdoctoral Fellow (3 yr fixed term)

You will have broad and in-depth knowledge of land use change and mitigation to support sustainable freshwater management under climate change. You will have demonstrated technical expertise in a relevant field and be able to work with other ecosystem modellers and various stakeholders in the Bay of Plenty.

You will be a highly motivated researcher, adept at developing and conducting high-quality research. You will be comfortable collaborating and building relationships with various stakeholders to disseminate research findings.

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Vacancy 420362: Research Officer (3 yr fixed term)

You will be a motivated and proactive individual to support and assist research in aquatic ecosystem modelling, data science and management and analysis of large datasets. You’ll bring your enthusiasm for solving complex problems to support aquatic ecosystem restoration and management activities.

You will use your experience processing large environmental datasets in aquatic ecosystem modelling and ecological engineering. You will require strong analytical, statistical and programming skills (e.g. using R) and experience or interest in learning process based dynamic modelling is also desirable.

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For a confidential conversation about either of these roles, please contact Deniz Ozkundakci, [email protected].


PhD Opportunities

Title:  Testing the efficacy of enhanced rock weathering for large-scale carbon capture

To avoid devastating climate impacts globally, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) removal is required over the next century. Yet, few tenable large-scale CO2 removal applications exist. Enhanced rock weathering (ERW) of primary silicate minerals (e.g., olivine) has been proposed as a viable strategy for global-scale carbon capture, with a notable net 0.5-5 Gt CO₂ yr-1 potential proposed by recent modelling work. Despite the massive potential, there are currently no natural field data to corroborate the rates of carbon dioxide capture deemed possible in model space. As part of this project, the PhD student will perform ERW trials on agricultural land (e.g., permanent pasture), using both dunite and basalt. This work will be tackled with a toolbox consisting of geochemical (elemental and mineralogical) analysis, reaction transport models and machine learning techniques in  collaboration with a well-rounded supervisory team. This project constitutes only a portion of the PhD thesis, there is room for the candidate to lead the way in shaping the remainder of it.

  • Prior experience in any of the following areas: geochemistry, carbon cycling, geospatial analysis, reaction transport modelling, machine learning is highly valued.
  • The PhD candidate will be based at the Tauranga campus, as part of the Earth-Life Interactions Research Group (
  • This 3-year scholarship covers stipend and fees.

Please send CV (including information for 2-3 referees) and a cover letter to: [email protected]. In cover letter, please include information such as: a description of why you want to undertake a PhD, how your previous experiences have prepared you for the research project that you are applying for, and what your passions are within or outside of academia. Review of applications will commence on 30th June 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

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