Technical Officer

Canberra, Australia
07 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
02 May 2018
Contract Type
Part Time

Classification: ANU Officer Grade 4/5 (Technical)
Salary package: $62,060 – $75,109 per annum plus 17% Superannuation 
Terms: Part time (17.5 hours per week), 2 years, Continuing (Contingent Funded)

  • Contribute to a project exploring ways to enhance the rate of leaf photosynthesis by manipulating CO2 diffusion properties within leaves in model species such as Nicotiana Tabacum. 
  • 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 technical experience in cloning including primer design, insert confirmation and insert sequencing.  A familiarity or experience in one or all of the following areas would be advantageous: Golden Gate cloning; Tissue culture work and plant transformation; photosynthetic techniques such as gas exchange measurements.

If you have demonstrated laboratory experience in molecular biology and techniques, we would love to see an application from you.

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 about the positions, please contact Professor Susanne von Caemmerer,

Closing date: 2 May 2018

Position description:  PD - Technical Officer (Joint Mass Spectrometry).pdf

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

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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.

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country.

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