The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) is a major new research and education initiative that brings together leading Australian universities with strategically important Australian and international partners.

Our goal is to tell the epic story of Australia’s rich and distinctive natural and human history by revolutionising our knowledge of the events and processes that have shaped this nation, and combining that knowledge with cutting-edge modelling techniques to manage and protect our natural and cultural resources into the future.

To achieve this ambitious goal, we will be appointing a large number of enthusiastic and talented postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates to our team. We are committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and respect. All positions will be offered either full-time or part-time. Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders. Women are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral positions and PhD stipends are available in a variety of exciting disciplines across our nodes at James Cook University (Cairns), University of New South Wales (Sydney), University of Wollongong (Wollongong), Australian National University (Canberra), University of Adelaide and Flinders University (Adelaide), Monash University (Melbourne) and the University of Tasmania (Hobart).

CABAH’s research program crosses six broad themes, capturing a diverse array of opportunities:

Humans Landscapes Climate



Indigenous studies



Quaternary geology





Wildlife Time Models









Significant funding has been committed to CABAH’s Irinjili Research Training Program, designed to build future research capacity within STEM disciplines and at their interface with the humanities. Through this program, you will participate in regular Masterclasses, Short Courses and Thematic Workshops, with a transdisciplinary emphasis, to improve your technical, professional and communication skills. Cross-node projects, supervisory and mentoring arrangements, and researcher exchange fellowship opportunities will be integral to your CABAH research training experience.

Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders will have access to additional support through dedicated Indigenous Australian initiatives such as mentoring, bursaries and top up grants. Women will be supported through a range of initiatives, including internships and travel grants. Early- and mid-career researchers will also be provided with exceptional opportunities for research leadership development, as part of CABAH’s succession planning.

CABAH currently has several exciting opportunities for postdoc researchers and PhD candidates. Head to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cabahCoE/ for further details.

If you’d like to play a part in telling Australia’s Epic Story – past, present and future – express your interest by sending a CV and cover letter to cabah-admin@uow.edu.au.