University Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Urrbrae, Australia
22 May 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Prestigious international university
  • Wide range of employee benefits
  • Undertake research on cover cropping and soil ecology in vineyard systems

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 role will involve working on a project investigating the impacts of cover crops on soil ecology in viticultural systems in some of Australia’s iconic wine regions. The appointee will coordinate field trials, and will be responsible for the sampling and analysis of soil and plant samples. The project will include a focus on linking cover crops impacts on vines and soils, including the analysis of NextGen sequencing (soil) data and monitoring of soil moisture and nutrient cycling. The project includes a multidisciplinary team, and will provide the opportunity to provide practical outcomes of interest to industry, as well as lead to high implact publications.

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

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 9.5% applies.

Term of position: This fixed-term contract is available immediately for 2 years.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  1. PhD degree in soil ecology or relevant field.
  2. Ability to manage field trials, and undertake collection and analysis of plant and soil samples.
  3. Demonstrated expertise in the analysis of NextGen sequencing data.

Position requirements

To be successful you should have:

  1. Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  2. Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to communicating research findings in peer reviewed journals, and to diverse stakeholders.

Please address and upload your responses to the selection criteria within the online application. If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact

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Closing date: 5pm 15th June 2018

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.