Postdoctoral Fellow, Research School of Biology

Canberra, Australia
Feb 11, 2020
End of advertisement period
Mar 13, 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $73,309 - $92,015 plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full Time, Fixed Term (2.5 years)

Position overview

The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. Staff and students within the ANU College of Science conduct research and deliver a research-led education program that encompasses the entire breadth of the sciences, supported by extensive international networks and by world-class facilities. The College has a strong tradition of research excellence that has fostered distinguished Nobel Laureates and Kyoto Prize winners and that trains scientific leaders in disciplines in which ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

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The Plant-Fungal Interaction laboratory led by Professor David Jones in the Research School of Biology has two ARC-funded postdoctoral positions available to understand the molecular interaction between plants and pathogenic fungi through functional analysis of effector proteins involved in fungal pathogenicity and receptor proteins involved in plant disease resistance. One position will focus on plant-Fusarium wilt fungus interactions, using the tomato-Fusarium oxysporum pathosystem to study apoplastic effectors and plant cell surface receptors. The other position will focus on plant-rust fungus interactions, using the flax-Melampsora lini pathosystem to study cytosolic effectors. Both positions will involve collaboration with the Plant Structural Immunology laboratory led by Dr Simon Williams and the rust fungus position will also involve collaboration with Dr Peter Dodds, CSIRO Agriculture and Food.

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Closing date: 13 Mar 2020

Position description: Download FilePostdoctoral Fellow Position Description.pdf

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.