Postdoctoral Research Associate in Rust Pathogen Molecular Genetics

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
19 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
10 May 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term

School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science

Reference no. 705/0417

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in Rust Pathogen Molecular Genetics
  • Full time, 3 year fixed term, remuneration package: $106-114K p.a. (which includes salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation)

About the opportunity
Plant Breeding Institute (PBI) was established by the University of Sydney in 1953 to ensure a continuing University commitment to cereal research. The University has conducted research on rust of cereals continuously since 1920, and through the activities of the PBI has developed a strong international reputation for cereal pre-breeding and rust resistance genetics.

The PBI is situated within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. Based at the PBI, the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program (ACRCP) provides breeding support for all Australian cereal breeders, and conducts research on the genetics of rust resistance in cereals and on variability in cereal rust pathogens. As such, we are seeking a highly passionate and ambitious Postdoctoral Fellow (Level A) or Research Fellow (Level B) to make a significant contribution to this important research.

This is an opportunity to join a well-established research group and to closely work with Professor Robert Park. The position will be based at the University’s Camden Campus, offering an authentic rural atmosphere.

Australia-wide surveys of pathogenic variability in cereal rust pathogens have been conducted at the University of Sydney for over 90 years, from which an historic collection of rust isolates has been assembled. Using this collection and applying DNA marker and sequencing technologies, you will improve and implement DNA-based diagnostic tests for cereal rust pathogens, and undertake research aimed at improving our understanding of the population dynamics of these pathogens and to gain insight into how they infect and manipulate their hosts. The research will be a crucial component of future efforts in cereal rust control. The appointee will work with all scientific staff within the Australian Cereal Rust Control Program, especially those currently engaged in researching the genetics of host resistance and rust pathogen variability. She/ he will interact closely with scientists engaged in research on the molecular genetics of plant fungal pathogens both within Australia and overseas, and assist in the supervision of postgraduate students.

About you
The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who will have:

  • or expect to hold by the time of employment a PhD in microbial molecular genetics
  • experience in the application of molecular diagnostics to pathogens
  • skills in genotyping with molecular markers such as microsatellites and SNPs
  • strong skills in computing, statistics and bioinformatics
  • 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 work cooperatively
  • ability to work independently, with a significant degree of autonomy, and take responsibility for research program to ensure outcomes are achieved
  • ability to purchase research-related component parts and consumables and maintain and monitor records for expenditure

About us
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 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 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.

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

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Closing date: 11:30pm 10 May 2017 (Sydney Time)

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.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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