CR Roper Fellow in Agricultural Science (Agronomy)

Melbourne, Australia
$77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
11 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
22 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
Department/School: School of Agriculture and Food
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences is a leader in agricultural, food and veterinary science education and research in Australia.

The faculty comprises the Melbourne Veterinary School and the School of Agriculture and Food. The faculty operates across three campuses: Parkville, Werribee and Dookie. We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the lands upon which these campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples and the Yorta Yorta Nation. In addition to education and research, the faculty operates a veterinary hospital at Werribee, a broadacre farm at Dookie, and an equine hospital in Shepparton.

About the Role

The C. R. Roper Fellow in Agricultural Science (Agronomy)is responsible for contributing to research at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, School of Agriculture and Food. Working within the Agronomy Group, this position will actively assist and participate in research to deliver project objectives and milestones.

Reporting to the discipline lead, the Roper Research Fellow (Agronomy) will contribute to and undertake research relating to grain crop production in Australia. They will collect, collate, curate and analyse data from new and existing sources and prepare publications.

This position will be primarily based at the University’s Parkville campus and may be required to attend and work from other sites and campuses from time to time.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Under the guidance and support of senior academic staff conduct internationally competitive research, resulting in publications in high impact journals
  • Contribute to and publish academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne
  • Engage with relevant professional and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships
  • Expand the knowledge of the discipline which impacts the field

About You

You will have the ability to work co-operatively and positively in a multi-disciplinary research-based team environment and liaise with people from diverse backgrounds and possess excellent organisational skills to meet deadlines and bring projects to a timely completion. You will have the ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed research projects with limited supervision and have well-developed interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders including industry partners and collaborators, in a diverse environment.

You will also have:

  • A relevant postdoctoral degree awarded in Agricultural Science or a relevant discipline
  • Proven experience in conducting field experiments focussed on grain crops
  • Experience collating, curating, and managing large datasets of observations derived from field experiments
  • Experience conducting advanced statistical analyses on agronomic data
  • Demonstrated track record for leading write-up of publications in peer-reviewed science publication in the field of agronomy

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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Applications close: 22nd September 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time