Grant-Funded Researcher B, Faculty of Science

Adelaide, Australia
Oct 22, 2019
End of advertisement period
Dec 01, 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

(Level A) $68,912-$92,796 or level B $97,577 - $115,495 per annum, depending on qualifications and experience, plus an employer contribution of up to 17% superannuation may apply

Fixed term position for 3 years

Seeking a Researcher to join a newly-funded project group which aims to identify new opportunities for wheat improvement through manipulation of stomatal traits to enhance water use efficiency

This position has been created as a part of a newly-funded International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) & Grains and Research Development Corporation (GRDC) project. The project aims to identify new opportunities for wheat improvement through manipulation of stomatal traits to enhance water use efficiency. The broad scope of this position is to screen bread wheat TILLING and transgenic lines which have altered stomata characteristics in both controlled and field conditions. The project will require some time to be spent at the University of Sydney to select appropriate Australian TILLING mutants for screening, and this position will be responsible for coordinating with laboratories in Canada and the UK who are taking part in the larger IWYP project.

This position works independently under the broad supervision of A/Prof Stuart Roy and Dr Penny Tricker, and will have support from a technical officer(s) employed on the project. The position will work closely with a GM compliance officer and the University of Adelaide’s Institutional Biosafety Committee to set up GM field trials and to oversee GM compliance. Additional support may be available from technical officers / research assistants and other Chief Investigators on the IWYP project (AAFC, Canada: Dr Nora Foroud; University of Essex: Prof Tracy Lawson & Prof Christine Raines). It is expected that the successful candidate will provide support, advice, and as required, training to students and other staff in the University.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD in the area of plant biology with relevant experience and/or training
  • A demonstrated knowledge of, or experience in stomatal physiology and water relation
  • Project management experience across molecular genetics, physiology and/or genetics projects
  • Ability to conduct independent and innovative research of a high quality with a track record of publication in internationally recognised scientific journal
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to be involved in the supervision of undergraduate and higher degree students

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research in: agriculture; food and wine; animal and veterinary sciences; biological sciences; and physical sciences. It develops future science leaders, and actively partners with innovative industries to solve scientific problems of global significance.

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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click on the 'Apply Now' button to be taken through to our online application form. Please ensure you address and upload your responses to all of the selection criteria.

Applications close 11:59 pm, 1 December 2019.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Stuart Roy
Associate Professor
Director ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
The University of Adelaide
Hartley Grove, Waite Campus
Urrbrae SA 5064
Tel: +61 8 83130549

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.