Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow, Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency

Canberra, Australia
03 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
02 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A / B
Salary package: $77,097 – $88,446 (Academic Level A) $96,087 - $109,181 (Academic Level B) per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Terms: Full time, 2 years, Continuing (Contingent Funded)

  • Explore ways to enhance the rate of leaf photosynthesis by manipulating CO2 diffusion properties within leaves in model species such as Nicotiana tabacum. 
  • Our facilities include a comprehensive range of instruments for measuring photosynthesis, chlorophyll fluorescence, stable isotope discrimination, excellent plant growth facilities and modern laboratory and office space.
  • Join a focused team in a flexible work environment with an attractive remuneration package

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. 

Position Overview

Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) is an international research project that is engineering plants to photosynthesize more efficiently to increase crop yields. By sustainably increasing the productivity of staple food crops, the project aims to reduce hunger and poverty for farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia (

The aim of the projects is to explore ways to enhance the rate of C3 photosynthesis. One project will investigate how CO2 diffusion inside the leaf can be enhanced to facilitate CO2 fixation. This will include manipulation of leaf anatomy and the membrane and liquid CO2 diffusion path within leaves and will use directed molecular modifications of model species such as Nicotiana tabacum to achieve these goals. A second project will support physiological analysis of transgenic plants with enhanced photosynthesis previously generated by the consortium. The overall aim is to combine improved traits of CO2 diffusion with other established traits that enhance CO2 fixation.

We are looking for applicants with multidisciplinary experience ranging from molecular biology to plant physiology with a commitment to engineering photosynthetic processes and analysing the consequences with leaf gas exchange and plant biochemistry.

Successful applicants will have a combination of molecular biology and/or biochemistry/plant physiological experience and a willingness to learn physiological techniques related to plant biochemistry and membrane inlet mass spectrometry.

ANU offers an attractive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary packaging arrangements, which include on campus childcare.

ANU is an inaugural member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot Program that aims to address gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).  

For more information, please contact Professor Susanne von Caemmerer, E:

Closing date: 2 May 2018

Position description:  PD - Postdoctoral Fellow_Research Fellow - RIPE.pdf

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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 current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

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