Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in Plant Science

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Cairns, Australia
24 Sep 2018
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21 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow will conduct research that contributes to the Australian Tropical Herbarium’s and JCU’s plant science research programs. The incumbent delivers high impact science across output domains that include plant and environmental biosecurity (priority area), ethnobotany, and/or biology of wild crop relatives in northern Australia and the broader tropical world, to align with the University’s strategic intent, and with the strategic goals of the Australian Tropical Herbarium joint venture partners.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University  

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Develop an active research program in Plant Science with a focus on plant and environmental biosecurity, ethnobotany, and/or biology of wild crop relatives as an individual, and in collaboration with other researchers and students.
  2. Seek external funding for research through grant applications to government, nongovernment organisations and/or industry, and develop partnerships with external stakeholders.
  3. Supervise post-graduate students at JCU as directed.
  4. Contribute to the Australian Tropical Herbarium, the Academic Group of Zoology and Ecology, the College, and the university through active participation in various activities and committees as directed.
  5. Enhance the visibility and reputation of JCU and the ATH joint venture partners through active participation in public outreach activities.
  6. Communicate research results, both verbally and in written form to colleagues, industry, the scientific research community and other stakeholders.
  7. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  9. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities  

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.  

  1. The Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations.  Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Selection Criteria 

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. PhD qualification and postdoctoral experience in plant science, ecology or a related field with evidence of significant research outputs.
  2. Proven ability to deliver high impact science in one or more of the following areas: plant and environmental biosecurity, ethnobotany, and biology of wild crop relatives.
  3. Proven track record of excellent publications in quality, peer reviewed international journals, and demonstrated success in competitive research grants and/or industry funding.
  4. Demonstrated high level skills in research project design and management including stakeholder relationship management as well as a flexible and constructive approach to work design and procedures.
  5. Demonstrated ability to create and build effective research partnerships and teams with diverse colleagues, to inspire peers and junior team members, and to provide research leadership. 
  6. Demonstrated ability to supervise research students.
  7. Demonstrated high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills to deliver results of scientific research to diverse audiences through a range of media.
  8. A record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.


  1. High level knowledge of the Australian flora and/or the flora of the Australasian tropics.
  2. Demonstrated success in collaborative engagement with research endusers including industry.