Postdoctoral Research Associate in Rust Pathology

Sydney, Australia
30 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
29 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Work closely with academia on research in rust Pathology
  • Located on the Cobbitty Campus at the University of Sydney’s Plant Breeding Institute
  • Full-time Level A, fixed term 18 Months with a base salary of $96K - $103K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Rust Pathology to undertake research on rust pathogens of cereals with a focus on race analysis, the development of DNA-based diagnostics, phylogenetics, population genetics, and rust genomics.  In addition, you will supervise relevant Undergraduate and Postgraduate student research, publish research findings in ISI ranked peer reviewed scientific journals and national cereal rust circulars and newsletters.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Rust Pathology who has:

  • a PhD in Plant Pathology, Genetics, Agriculture, Plant Pathogen Population Genetics, Fungal Genetics, Computational Biology, Bioinformatics or a related discipline in the biological sciences
  • experience working with plant pathogens in plant growth facilities
  • specialist knowledge of plant pathology/ rust pathology and plant breeding
  • experience in wet lab skills (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, cloning)
  • experience in the application of statistics in the analysis of pathogen evolution/ population genetics
  • experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols,experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications.
  • an ability to work with and communicate effectively with external clients and researchers associated with the Australian grains industry
  • a working understanding and current knowledge of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy andrelevant legislation (including Safe Laboratory Practices)

About us

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) is a new school at the University of Sydney consisting of staff previously in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Molecular Biosciences, the Faculty of Veterinary Science, and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

To learn more about the School of School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES), click here

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 1263/1020F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is only available for this position for candidates who are currently located within Australia.

Closing date: 11:30 pm, Sunday 29 November 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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