Research Officer in Genomics

Banyule, Australia
20 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
20 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, fixed term contract for 2 years
  • Located at Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
  • $63,521 - $86,205 per annum + up to 17% superannuation

About La Trobe

La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. La Trobe University turned 50 in 2017, and over the half century of its existence it has established a reputation as an innovative and accessible university, willing to take risks and take on challenges.  Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through operational excellence to benefit the communities we serve.

This position will be based at the AgriBioscience (AgriBio) Building, which is a $280M state of the art facility opened in 2013 at the La Trobe University Bundoora campus. 

About the position

This position is part of the Legumes for Sustainable Agriculture ARC Transformation Research HUB which is a collaborative research program aiming to improve legume productivity. The Research Officer will contribute to a program to enhance nitrogen fixation in grain legumes. In the project  molecular and genetic techniques will be used to identify and study the mechanisms of efficient nutrient use and transport in legumes, with a particular focus on phosphorus. You will be expected to screen legume genotypes to identify those that fix nitrogen efficiently in different nutrient conditions and characterize genes that contribute to this character. You will also characterize transport proteins important for nitrogen fixation.

Skills and Experience

  • Completion of a PhD in genomics, molecular biology or other relevant discipline and experience working with plants.
  • Demonstrated experience in statistical analysis of data.
  • Evidence of experience in research and the ability to work effectively under limited supervision or independently.
  • Research experience working on phosphorus utilisation in plants is desirable.
  • Experience growing legumes in glasshouse and field and in molecular analysis of legumes is desirable.

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this role.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005. If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.


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How to apply

Closing date: Sunday, 20 May 2018 by 11.00 pm AEST.

Position Enquiries:  Penelope Smith, +61 3 9032 7468 or

This position is open to people with a valid full-time working visa.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and a separate document addressing the Key Selection Criteria which is located in the Position Description.

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La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For further enquiries on how to apply for this role, please contact Deborah Dare, Recruitment Consultant on +61 3 9479 1241 or

La Trobe is proud to be a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN program to advance gender equality in academia.