Postdoctoral Research Associate in Plant Development Biology

Sydney, Australia
11 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in plant developmental biology
  • Full time, fixed term for 3 years, Remuneration $106k Pro Rata, which includes leave loading and 17% Super

About the opportunity

A new opportunity has become available in School of Life and Environmental Sciences within the Faculty of Science. Our excellent life sciences research and teaching are shaping new approaches required to address a range of increasingly important challenges faced by the world that span a range of disciplinary areas.

In this research focused role you will participate in and continue a laboratory research program investigating how cell polarity is coordinated amongst cells in the plant shoot. You will also supervise Undergraduate students working on this topic and are expected to publish papers in high ranking peer reviewed journals.

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. The candidate must have expert skills in the time-lapse imaging of Arabidopsis shoot tissues using confocal microscopy as well as an intimate knowledge of Arabidopsis shoot and primordium development. The candidate must also have excellent skills in general molecular biology techniques including gateway cloning as well as skills in cell biology, transformation and genetics and growing and managing Arabidopsis plants. Good written communication are skills required to write and publish scientific articles.

Specifically we are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with:

  • PhD in plant developmental biology
  • Publications in the plant development field
  • Extensive experience with:
    • Confocal imaging of plant meristems
    • Working with Arabidopsis thaliana
    • Cloning and gene expression techniques

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 our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 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.

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

Closing date: 11:30pm 14 January 2018 (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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