Research Fellow in Plant Pathology

Brisbane, Australia
28 May 2018
End of advertisement period
18 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ) which was established in 2010 and comprises of four research centres – the Centre for Crop Science, the Centre for Horticultural Science, the Centre for Animal Science and the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences.

The Institute's strengths are reflected in its four research centres – the Centre for Plant Science, the Centre for Animal Science  Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences and the Centre for Horticultural Science.  QAAFI brings together scientists from UQ and DAF to conduct high-end science that delivers higher impact outcomes for industry and the community.

QAAFI offers postgraduate programs in the disciplines of Plant, Animal and Food sciences internally and externally and provides professional training to both Australian and international students.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s web site at

The roles

These roles will engage in experimental and industry communication activities related to an established program of research in avocado pathology and disease management within the Centre for Horticultural Science.  One role is to coordinate large field trials in commercial orchards within Queensland and interstate, and requires excellent organisation and coordination amongst industry collaborators. The second role will undertake laboratory and glasshouse research, including disease diagnostics, pathogenicity testing, fungal phylogenetic analyses and soil microbial community analyses. Although there are distinct responsibility areas, the roles will be undertaken as a team with opportunities for supervision of students, contribution to project reporting, and engagement with the avocado industry.

The person

Applicants are required to have a PhD in plant pathology or related disciplines, or to have recently submitted their PhD thesis for examination. Expertise in designing and conducting field and glasshouse trials evaluating effects of pathogens on plants is essential. Research experience in molecular diagnostics, phylogeny and microbial community analyses is required.  You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly-productive research career in horticultural pathology and disease management, good general research skills, a strong methodological background, excellent statistical and analytic skills, very good writing abilities, excellent communication and organisational skills.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

These are part-time positions, 0.5 FTE, and flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


There are two part-time (0.5 FTE), fixed term appointments for 3 years at Academic level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $37,778 - $43,767 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $44,200 - $51,208 p.a.).

Position Description

3036105_504528_Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Plant Pathology).pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Elizabeth Dann on +61 7 3443 2455 or (preferably) email

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