Research Fellow, Division of Plant Sciences

Canberra, Australia
26 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Jul 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, 18 months, Continuing (Contingent Funded)

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. 

The Farquhar Lab focuses on research into the Coordination of CO2 fixation and transpiration in plants, with research topics including, Integration of photosynthesis and growth with nitrogen and water use of plants, Stomatal physiology, Isotopic composition of plants, and Global change science.

Position Overview

The Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Fellow will undertake independent and team research on the ARC DP170104276 Grant titled ‘To Péclet or not to Péclet? Understanding leaf water isotope composition’. 

This position is based within the Farquhar Lab at ANU and will liaise with Professor Margaret Barbour at The University of Sydney.

The successful candidate will have experience that is relevant to plant physiological research in some or all of the following areas: plant water relations, photosynthesis and/or environmental biology, and we would recommend that you frame your application as such.

Specific research experience in fluid dynamics through porous media, including numerical modelling as well as application of isotope and water relations techniques to plants would be an advantage.

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 position, please contact Professor Graham Farquhar E:

Closing date: 24 July 2018

Position description:  PD - Postdoctoral Fellow_Research Fellow - Academic Level A_B (Farquhar).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.