Associate Professor in Plant Breeding

Lismore, Australia
24 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
08 Sep 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Overview

Southern Cross Plant Science is a research-only Centre within the Institute for Innovative Agriculture at Southern Cross University.

The Institute for Innovative Agriculture (IIA) was recently established to build on the University’s base of research excellence in primary industries, and provides a platform for the developing ongoing and new partnerships with the private and public sectors. Southern Cross Plant Science (SCPS) has an established record of research excellence in crop science that includes plant genetics, physiology and agronomy, plant chemistry, and analysis of natural products. Recent project funding (public and private sector) has led to the initiation of specific crop-focused pre-breeding, genetic resource management and breeding projects for crops including tea tree, passion fruit, hemp, coffee and mustard oil.

Research facilities available at the Lismore campus include excellent biochemistry, natural product analytical chemistry, geochemistry and environmental analysis laboratories, a range of controlled environment and glasshouse facilities including quarantine glasshouse and quarantine laboratory, along with plant growth, genetics and an expanding bioinformatics capability.

The University is currently investing in establishing an international quality facility for seed ex situ genetic resource conservation. In addition, SCU works closely with the NSW Department of Primary Industries and has direct access to local research stations with additional greenhouse, field and plantation sites.

Southern Cross University is an active member of the DivSeek consortium, and has close collaboration with a range of leading research institutions worldwide including John Innes Centre and Earlham Institute in the UK, and Crops for the Future Research Centre at University of Nottingham, that aim to collate and integrate crop-based data.

The Associate Professor in Plant Breeding will provide academic leadership in the area of plant breeding of plantation and high value arable crops. Working closely with Professor Graham King and other academic colleagues, the successful candidate will be involved in project management and hands-on implementation of a range of funded pre-breeding, genetic resource management and breeding activities. There is also a strong emphasis on providing leadership for the expansion of the HDR training program within the Institute.

For delivery of specific projects there is allocation of appropriate technical support. The successful applicant may be required to travel between all University campuses in order to undertake their duties.

Required Skills and Experience

  1. A PhD in biological sciences, preferably involving plant genetics and/or breeding and phenotyping.
  2. Extensive relevant post-qualification experience in a plant breeding and/or research and development environment, with expertise in planning and implementing one or more aspects of pre-breeding, genetic resource management and plant breeding programs.
  3. Evidence of an established relevant national or international research reputation as evidenced by publications, success in attracting competitive grants and supervision of PhD students.
  4. Successful track record in academic leadership and/or administration including the ability to lead innovation and inspire excellence amongst colleagues.
  5. High level interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to work within a team, and to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
  6. Evidence of ability to facilitate regional engagement, work with relevant industry bodies and communicate effectively with a wide range of external and internal stakeholders.
  7. Vision, energy and an innovative attitude with the capacity for adaptability and flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.
  8. Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and a working knowledge of equity and workplace health and safety principles.

Closing date: Friday, 8 September 2017 at 9.00 am (AEST)

To view the full position advertisement and details of the application process please click on the APPLY NOW button below where you will be redirected to the Southern Cross University website.The Vacancy ID is 17056.