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Research Officer

Employer
LA TROBE UNIVERSITY
Location
Bundoora, Australia
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Job Details

  • Full time
  • Fixed Term - 3 years
  • Bundoora Campus
  • Be part of a passionate and innovative team

About the position

The purpose of this position is to conduct fundamental research into plant biology as a member of Prof Mathew G Lewsey’s lab and of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space (P4S). Based at the La Trobe Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and Food (LISAF) in Bundoora, the appointee will support development and deployment of a plant growth experiment on the moon for the NASA Artemis iii mission (scheduled for September 2026).

The mission of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space P4S is to deliver transformative solutions for Space habitation and create enhanced plant-derived food and bioresources to for emerging domestic and global markets.

This position will be part of the Lunar Effects on Agricultural Flora team, who are developing a fully contained growth capsule to be deployed by Artemis iii NASA astronauts on the moon. Inside the capsule Arabidopsis, Brassica rapa and duckweed will be grown and monitored for approximately 5 days, then samples returned to Earth for analysis. These samples will be analysed using primarily transcriptomic techniques, to understand the effects on plants of low gravity, the closed environment, and high radiation exposure.

The appointee will be involved in method development for sample fixation/preservation, analyses of single-cell and bulk transcriptomic data, and integration of transcriptomic data with other data modalities to generate gene regulatory networks or similar. The project will combine wet-lab and computational approaches and would suit someone with enthusiasm for method development and refinement.

Skills and Experience

To be considered for this position, you will have

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant discipline (plant molecular sciences, agricultural science, plant biology, bioinformatics, computational biology), and evidence of participation in higher level study relevant to discipline or professional area.
  • A record of contribution to publications, conference papers and/or reports, or professional or technical contributions which provide evidence of research potential.
  • Experience in the analysis and modelling of data, including the capacity to integrate data from a range of sources and of uneven quality.
  • Experience of molecular biology or computational biology, ideally with a focus on plant genetics or genomics.

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

Welcome to Bundoora campus – Please click on the video link below: 

https://f.io/KDo0ceng

Benefits:

  • 17% employer contributed superannuation
  • On site child care facilities
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Discounts for staff and their family members to study a range of La Trobe courses

How to apply

Closing date:  By 11:55pm, Sunday 16th June 2024

Position Enquiries:   Prof Mathew G Lewsey (Node Leader, CoE Plants for Space; Node Director, APPF-LTU)

Via Email: m.lewsey@latrobe.edu.au

Recruitment Enquiries:  Lisa White, Talent Acquisition Consultant,

Via email Lisa.White@latrobe.edu.au

Position Description below:

Download File PD-Level-A-Research-Only Artemis.pdf

Only candidates with Full Working Rights in Australia may apply for this position.

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • An up to date resume
  • A separate document addressing each bullet point under the Essential Criteria ‘Skills and knowledge required for the position’, which is located in the position description.

Please scroll down to apply.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants 

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

La Trobe University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We take an intersectional approach by actively supporting and encouraging people of all backgrounds and abilities to submit an application and aim to ensure that the recruitment and employee experience is as accessible and inclusive as possible. Flexibility in interview format will be offered to shortlisted candidates.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

Company

Company info
Telephone
+(61)394791111
Location
KINGSBURY DRIVE
BUNDOORA
MELBOURNE
VICTORIA
VIC 3086
AU

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