GRDC Senior Lecturer in Agronomy/Crop Physiology
The University of Sydney is Australia's first university with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence, and employs over 7500 permanent staff supporting over 49,000 students.
The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment (FAE) seeks to make an appointment in the area of agronomy / crop physiology so as to significantly enhance plant physiological research at the IA Watson Grains Research Centre in Narrabri, NSW. The position will be based at Narrabri with some teaching and research activities to be conducted in Sydney.
Strong candidates will have a background in conducting field and glasshouse research, focused on effects of moisture and/or temperature on plant development, physiology and yield. Experience with mathematical modelling of relevant biochemical, physiological or developmental processes will be helpful. The research will cover a range of topics from cellular physiology through to final yield.
You will work with a world-class team of scientists concerned with increasing water-use efficiency and improving high-temperature tolerance in wheat and other crops. You will undertake research in these areas and will interact with current research teams in both the FAE and the Faculty of Science. You will be expected to develop new teaching for undergraduate students, supervise research projects at Honours and postgraduate levels, and help develop workshops, seminars and master-classes for stakeholders including industry and growers, and that serve the Faculty interest in developing its national and international profile. Interaction with regional and national stakeholders will be essential.
You will be expected to provide effective and significant academic leadership at the IA Watson Grains Research Centre. In consultation with Professors Jeffrey Amthor and Richard Trethowan, you will maintain day-to-day oversight of experimental plant studies conducted by the university under its agreements with the GRDC. Working in close collaboration with the GRDC funded Senior Lecturer in Agronomy/Plant-Soil-Microbe Interactions, you will supervise technical staff and assist postdoctoral researchers funded by the GRDC and postgraduate students.
You will have:
Desirable selection criteria include: experience working with industry, such as plant breeding companies.
The Faculty has established strengths in modelling, soil science, plant pathology, plant breeding (including legumes), precision agriculture, spatial information systems and agricultural and resource economics. You will support cognate research in areas such as crop water-use efficiency, providing relevant expertise in crop physiology and will develop appropriate units of study.
The position is initially full time fixed-term for five years subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation with possibility of further offer to continuing employment subject to performance and confirmation period. Visa sponsorship and some relocation expenses support will be available if required.
Remuneration package: up to $147K p.a. (consisting of a base salary level C, leave loading and 17% employer's contribution to superannuation). Level of appointment will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/positions and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.
CLOSING DATE: 22 July 2012 (Sydney time 11:30pm)
The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged as they are underrepresented in this field.