Closing 23rd February 2024. We are seeking a project assistant to contribute to the GEO Ecosystem Atlas. 

This position will contribute to a global-scale effort to develop maps of the world’s marine and terrestrial ecosystem types. The project (GEO Global Ecosystem Atlas) will contribute to national and global reporting requirements about the distribution and change of the world’s ecosystems to address the targets and goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. Specifically, the position will work in a collaborative team to assemble a set of publicly available ecosystem maps to underpin the definitive atlas of global ecosystem distributions. The appointee will contribute to database development, systematic reviews of data and literature, geospatial data processing, and collaboration with other project partners (including ESRI, Planet, and IUCN). The appointee will also contribute to project administration and other activities as required. 

If you are interested in this position please contact Nicholas Murray and attach your most recent CV. Note due to the short commencement date, this position is ideally suited to someone already in Townsville.


* JCU has recently enabled domestic PhD scholarship applications to be submitted at any time during the year by domestic candidates, which allow much more flexibility with PhD start date. Please contact Nick to discuss potential projects.

We have a range of ongoing opportunities to conduct graduate research in our lab. We typically focus on recruiting post-graduate students keen to focus on applied remote sensing, understanding threatened marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems, species movement and migration, and status assessments of biodiversity. 

Some potential projects that would be suitable to develop in our lab include:

We also welcome your own ideas for your PhD project. 

Read more about PhD scholarships on the JCU Graduate Research School website (for domestic and international candidates).

If you are interested in conducting honours, masters or PhD research in our lab, contact Nicholas Murray with a CV and short statement of your research interests.


We currently have no open post-doctoral positions available.

If you wish to apply for a competitive research fellowship, such as an ARC DECRA Fellowship, we would be happy to discuss opportunities for developing and conducting this type of fellowship within our group at JCU


We regularly have casual positions for research assistants to support our global ecosystem remote sensing projects. These positions work closely with the lab group to develop training and validation datasets to support our high-resolution global-scale projects aimed at mapping threatened ecosystems and how they change over time. 

If you are interested in a research assistant position in our lab, please contact Nicholas Murray regarding current opportunities.