University Postdoctoral Fellow in Agricultural Science

Mitcham, Australia
06 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Prestigious international university
  • Wide range of employee benefits
  • Irrigation management in vineyards

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global wellbeing.

University of Adelaide employees enjoy a range of benefits and favourable work conditions that include opportunities for career development and advancement. 

The Faculty of Sciences is one of five faculties at the University of Adelaide. As the first university in Australia to grant degrees in science (1882), science has long been at the cornerstone of the institution and this continues today. As a research and education leader in fields such as agriculture, food & wine, animal & veterinary sciences, biological sciences, and physical sciences, the Faculty offers an exciting and innovative work environment.

The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine is embedded in the Faculty of Sciences. The school is located at the University's Waite campus, the pre-eminent agricultural and wine science research site in the Southern Hemisphere. The School offers academic programs in food and nutrition science, applied biology, agricultural science, viticulture and oenology and plant biotechnology. The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine has world-class expertise and facilities in human nutrition, agricultural and plant sciences, plant breeding, viticulture and oenology and biochemistry. The School is home to a range of research centres and works closely with a number of co-located partners including CSIRO (Agriculture, Land & Food), South Australian Research & Development Institute and Australian Wine Research Institute, as well as the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute.

This position will involve conducting cutting-edge research in the area of irrigation management in vineyards, utilising a combination of tools, including remotely-sensed imagery and proximal sensing, along with computational modelling to quantify the water requirements of grapevines over the season. This will involve both field-based and laboratory research for the Wine Australia funded project on precision irrigation in vineyards.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will also have responsibilities for analysing and communicating the research results in both oral and written form. In conducting these duties, the incumbent will maintain accurate records

Salary: (Level A) $67,894 - $91,425 per annum.

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 17% may apply.

Term of position: This fixed-term contract is available immediately until 31 December 2020

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Completion of a Ph.D. in agricultural science, spatial science, computer science or a related discipline with relevant work experience or an equivalent combination of education/training/experience.
  • A current driver’s license.
  • Ability to work outdoors in hot conditions.
  • A CASA Remote Pilot (RePL) license is desirable

To be successful you should have:

  • Demonstrated understanding, at a high level, of agriculture, irrigation management, and remote sensing.
  • Demonstrated skills in remote sensing and computational modelling.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and analyse data to inform decision making processes.
  • Excellent communication skills, as evidenced through report writing and delivery of oral presentations.

Please address and upload your responses to the selection criteria within the online application. If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact Dr Vinay Pagay, Lecturer in Viticulture, email:

To obtain a copy of the Selection Criteria, please visit the University of Adelaide Job opportunities page via this link:

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Only applicants with the right to live and work in Australia can be considered.

Closing date: Friday, 6th April 2018, 5pm

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.