Postdoctoral Research Associate - Weed biology

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
09 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Life and Environmental Sciences
SoLES/Plant Breeding Institute, Narrabri

Reference no. 1821/1016

  • Help define the biological attributes of the problematic weeds of Australia’s northern cropping region
  • Based in Narrabri, NSW
  • 5 years, fixed term, remuneration package: $104K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super)

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. We employ over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students.

The University of Sydney’s new weed research and development program is being established at IA Watson Grains Research Centre, Narrabri. With substantial investment from the Grains Research and Development Corporation this program will establish a major weeds research and development program at Narrabri where the focus will be on the development of new weed control technologies. 

The IA Watson Grains Research Centre site was founded just over 50 years ago as a collaboration between the University of Sydney and the Wheat Research Foundation. With new office and laboratory facilities and the acquisition of additional land there is now substantial research and development capacity. New investments at the centre have positioned this facility to take a lead role in agronomic research for the Northern grain production region.

The weed biologist will define the biological attributes of the problematic weeds of Australia’s northern cropping region winter (wild oats, turnip weed, sowthistle and annual ryegrass) and summer (barnyard grass, windmill grass, fleabane and feathertop Rhodes grass) cropping systems. The focus of research activities for this role will be the development of a clear understanding of these weeds as they occur in current production systems leading to the development of more effectively targeted weed control technologies.

To be successful you will have:

  • PhD in weed or plant biology
  • Familiarity with environmental influences on plant growth and development
  • Research experience in plant biology or plant physiology
  • Experience in writing and managing research grants
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically in small- to medium- sized groups and on an individual basis
  • Ability to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a small research focussed team as well as a larger organisation
  • Ability to work independently, with a significant degree of autonomy, and take responsibility for research program to ensure milestones are achieved
  • Ability to purchase research-related component parts and consumables and maintain and monitor records for expenditure

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 11:30pm 30 November 2016 (Sydney time)

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.

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