Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Agronomy

Brisbane, Australia
24 Oct 2017
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Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School Of Agriculture and Food

The School of Agriculture and Food Sciences is one of the largest agricultural schools in Australia, comprising research and teaching experts in agribusiness, animals and wildlife, environment, plants and soil, and food and nutrition. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research degrees encompassing those disciplines ranging from Bachelor to Doctorate. Situated at St Lucia and Gatton within the Faculty of Science, the School is a large and dynamic multidisciplinary hub with farm, pasture and laboratory facilities, and an established reputation for excellence and commitment to finding innovative and technology focussed solutions to global challenges. UQ is ranked the top university in Australia and one of the top 20 universities in the world for agriculture. (QS World University Rankings by subject 2017 Agriculture and Forestry,

The Role

The agronomy group at UQ Gatton has active research programs exploring agronomic and genetic approaches to improving grain legume production and reliability, and to developing improved fertilizer decision making and application strategies. This position will form part of that research team, with the appointee asked to focus on nutrient – soil interactions that underlie effective fertilizer application strategies. Specific questions will include the most effective form of phosphorus (P) fertilizer to maximize P bioavailability in the short and longer term in soils with differing clay contents, pH, P sorption capacity and Ca status; and the interactions between fertilizer products when N, P and K are co-located in bands in clay soils and at high in-band concentrations.

The Person

Applicants should possess a PhD in Agricultural Science, Environmental Science, or Science, with expertise in crop nutrition or soil chemistry. You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career, excellent analytic and troubleshooting skills, very good oral communication and writing abilities, and the capacity to work effectively within a research team that includes industry researchers.

Position Description

PD - Postdoc Research Fellow.pdf


This is a three year full time appointment at Academic Research Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $ 81,545.80 to $ 87535.13 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $ 95,408.59 to $ 102,416.10p.a.).


To discuss this role please contact Professor Michael Bell ( or +61 7 3365 0140) or Associate Professor Peter Kopittke ( or +61 7 3346 9149).  

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