Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sorghum Genetics

  • Warwick QLD
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • $77,324.85 – $102,945.12 +17% Superannuation AUD / Year

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About This Opportunity 

Contribute as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to develop more climate resilient hybrid crops, funded by the Australian Research Council in partnership with GenTech and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

This project will use multi-disciplinary approaches to advance understanding of the reproductive steps which limit hybrid seed set under high temperatures and develop more resilient sorghum hybrid crops for both Australia and globally.

There will also be an opportunity for the successful candidate to publish and supervise students.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Research: Establish a research program, collaborate on research projects, seek and manage research funding, publish in reputable journals, utilize best practice research methodologies, and participate in project discussions.
  • Supervision and Researcher Development: Supervise students, recruit and manage employees, provide performance feedback and training, resolve conflicts, and ensure correct remuneration and benefits.
  • Citizenship and Service: Develop partnerships, demonstrate leadership through mentoring, engage in internal service roles and committees, perform administrative functions, provide support to colleagues, and uphold university values.
  • Teaching: Engage in undergraduate teaching opportunities or teach at least one undergraduate subject annually while and participate in events to attract postgraduate students.

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You  

  • Possess (or be in the process of obtaining) a PhD or equivalent in plant genetics or plant reproductive biology.
  • Demonstrated experience in plant genetics or breeding, particularly in cereals, including field-based genetic research
  • Demonstrated capacity to manage and analyse large data sets.
  • Track record of publication of research findings in peer reviewed journals and conferences.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in organising tasks, working effectively in multi-disciplinary teams or individually and meeting deadlines.
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the initiative, drive and flexibility to achieve results.
  • Evidence of, or an ability to commence establishing effective relationships to represent and promote the research area at a University and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research independently and collaboratively.
  • High levels of personal integrity, transparency and capability.

The successful candidate may be required to complete a number of pre-employment checks, including: right to work in Australia, criminal check, education check, AHPRA registration, mandatory immunisations, first aid and/or CPR certification, blue card check, etc.

Work Rights: International applicants are encouraged to apply. Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment. 

Relocating from interstate or overseas? We may be able to support you with the visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia’s Sunshine State here.

Want to Apply?

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section

Other Information

We know one of our strengths as an institution lies in our diverse colleagues. We’re dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion, fostering an environment that mirrors our wider community. We’re committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. Reach out to for accessibility support or adjustments.

UQ is committed to a fair, equitable and inclusive selection process, which recognises that some applicants may face additional barriers and challenges which have impacted and/or continue to impact their career trajectory. Candidates who don’t meet all criteria are encouraged to apply and demonstrate their potential. The selection panel considers both potential and performance relative to opportunities when assessing suitability for the role.

Applications close 27 June 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-39575).

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