Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Plant Sciences

Location
Canberra, Australia
Posted
12 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
12 Feb 2018
Ref
519016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Research School of Biology

ANU College of Science

Canberra/ACT

Salary : Level B $96,087 - $109,181 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Level C $115,729 - $128,825 per annum plus 17% superannuation

The ANU has been a global leader in plant science research for 50 years. Research in the Division of Plant Sciences (DPS) – one of three divisions in the Research School of Biology (RSB) –  spans translation of genomic sequences and its encoded information to whole-of-system characteristics of plant form and function. We embrace opportunities that link fundamental research with translation outcomes and are a leading centre for training of the next generation of plant biologists.  Our research is underpinned by world-class equipment, infrastructure and support staff, and funded by an extensive range of external grants (including two Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence in the plant sciences) and a block grant from the Australian Government.  DPS is home to the most recent winner of the prestigious Kyoto Prize

To sustain and grow the scale and impact of our research and teaching, we seek to make two new continuing or fixed term (with a pathway to continuing) appointments to complement and build on our research strengths in one each in the following themes:

Plant Microbe Interactions (PMI); and Photosynthesis & Energy Biology (P&E). Both themes are made up of strong and vibrant groups, and attract considerable external funding; the successful applicants would complement and extend existing strengths.

For the PMI position, the successful candidate will be appointed at either Academic Level B (equivalent to Lecturer) or Academic Level C (equivalent to Senior Lecturer or Assistant Professor); we seek a plant biologist with interests in plant-microbe interactions, particularly in areas related to plant cell biology, protein interactions, genomics or synthetic biology of plant-microbe interactions. 

For the P&E post, the successful candidate will be appointed at Academic Level C (equivalent to Senior Lecturer or Assistant Professor); we seek candidates with interests in photosynthesis/energy and chloroplast biology, with experience in chemical genetics, computational biology, protein engineering, protein structural biology, metabolism, molecular whole-plant physiology or genetics. 

Outstanding candidates in other related areas are also encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will have received their PhD (or equivalent) no more than 15 years before the time of their appointment, taking into account career interruptions and non-traditional career paths.

The successful applicants will be, or have the potential to become, world-class researcher leaders in respective fields, and have their own strong, independent research programs funded by external grants while also being open to collaboration with existing staff. Their research and teaching will reflect the latest theoretical, quantitative and experimental advances in their field. The successful applicants will also have a clear commitment to teaching excellence.  We will only appoint people who are collaborative, collegial and community minded, and accessible to colleagues, research students and undergraduates, and keen to be engaged in the workings of the school.

ANU has committed to the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN Charter, and we expect that at least one of the candidates appointed will be a woman. 

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on indigenous.employment@anu.edu.au

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit https://services.anu.edu.au/human-resources/respect-inclusion

For further information please contact
Professor Owen Atkin,
Head, Division of Plant Sciences,
E: ps.hod.rsb@anu.edu.au

Closing date: 12 February 2018

Position description: PD - B_C - Division of Plant Sciences.pdf

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria 
  • A one-page statement of your research vision for the next 5-10 years
  • A one-page statement of your teaching philosophy
  • A half-page statement on where you see potential for collaborations within RSB.
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (including a current or previous supervisor).  If your CV does not include referees, you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

About the ANU

ANU is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. The location points to its unique history, with ties to the Australian Federal Government and special standing as a resource for the Australian people.  The University is consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the world.

ANU has seven academic Colleges, each comprised of a number of Schools and Research Centres specialising in a range of disciplines - both relevant and unique in Australia and our region. The ANU College of Science (CoS) is the largest of the seven Colleges and is comprised of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute and the Research School of Physics and Engineering. Together the Schools integrate high level research with a research-led curriculum that encompasses all of these different areas. The College has a strong tradition of research and educational excellence that has trained scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

About the Research School of Biology

The ANU Research School of Biology is home to a large number of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers from around the world. Our research is supported by outstanding equipment, infrastructure and support staff, and funded by an extensive range of external grants. The School conducts research, research training (MPhil and PhD), Masters and undergraduate education in a wide range of biological and biomedical sciences, within three separate Divisions:

  1. Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry (BSB) 

Research in BSB covers a wide range of disciplines, much of which fits within two broad themes: host/pathogen biology and the biology of membrane proteins. Research interests of the eighteen research groups include microbiology, parasitology, nematode biology, immunology and cancer biology, membrane channel biophysics, membrane transport and nutrition, evo-devo, genetics and bioinformatics.  While the Division aims to address fundamental biomedical or biological questions, some groups are also developing a more translational focus.

  • Division of Ecology and Evolution (E&E) 

E&E is a high performing whole organism department with a strong international reputation for developing theory that transcends specific taxa. We are internationally recognised in a number of areas including evolutionary, behavioural and molecular ecology, systematics, phylogenetics and population genetics, macroevolution and macroecology and physiological ecology. We maintain close links with the Fenner School for the Environment at ANU and also the CSIRO. 

  • Division of Plant Sciences (PS) 

Underpinned by superlative infrastructure and support staff, PS research spans translation of genomic sequences and its encoded information to whole-of-system characteristics of plant form and function. We embrace opportunities that link fundamental research with translation outcomes and are a leading centre for training of the next generation of plant biologists.  PS is also home to the most recent winner of the prestigious Kyoto Prize.

In addition to the three Divisions there is the newly established Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Unit.

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