As part of La Trobe University’s ongoing commitment to solving real world problems at the regional, national and international level, the university in partnership with Incitec Pivot have established a fellowship to carry out outstanding research in the area of plant nutrition.
The appointee will be physically located in the Whelan laboratory at AgriBio, a state of art facility to support Agriculture and Biotechnology research, and associated with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and Australian Research Council Industrial Transformation Hub for Legumes in Sustainable Agriculture. The facility contains numerous plant growth and containment and central platform research facilities to support research in a variety of disciplines. AgriBio also provides a next generation sequencing facility dedicated to agricultural research, NMR, mass spectrometry and microscopy supported by dedicated technical staff. AgriBio houses 500 research staff from the University and the Victorian State Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources that together develop innovative, novel and multi-disciplinary approaches to support agriculture and food production in the coming decades. Research at AgriBio currently encompasses a wide variety of disciplines relating to Agriculture and Life Sciences and is a major component of one on the University’s five Research focus areas; namely, Securing Food, Water and the Environment. The unique environment combines University, State and Industry based researchers within a single environment dedicated to undertaking research that develops aspects of agriculture. For this position, you will be employed as a Level B academic for a fixed three year term and expected to have carried out your PhD studies at an outstanding level as evidenced by high quality publications. This position will provide an outstanding environment for an early career researcher to establish and develop their research record in the discipline of plant nutrition, with an emphasis on phosphate nutrition. The appointee will be excellent at working collaboratively with a range of researchers currently in AgriBio working on various aspects of plant nutrition.
Duties at this level include:
Conduct and publish, or otherwise disseminate high quality and/or high impact research/scholarly activities under limited supervision either independently or as part of a team.
Obtain (or assist) research funding from external sources.
Contribute to writing up research findings for publication and dissemination.
Engage with industry and community to ensure that all research results are communicated and adopted by industry, community and/or government.
Provide advice within the field of the employee's research to Honours and postgraduate students.
Acquire and interpret research data and results. Run analyses and tests using specified and agreed techniques and models. Contribute to the development of techniques, models and methods.
Contribute to and uphold a robust and ambitious research culture.
Key Selection Criteria
Completion of a PhD in plant genomics, molecular biology or other relevant discipline in the general field of plant nutrition.
Evidence of experience in research and evaluation and the ability to work effectively under limited supervision or independently.
A record of contribution to publications, conference papers and/or reports, or professional or technical contributions which provide evidence of research potential.
Experience in the analysis and modelling of data, including the capacity to integrate data from a range of sources and of uneven quality.
Effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team in a cooperative and collegial manner.
Demonstrated high level of self-motivation and personal management skills.
Research experience working on phosphorus utilisation in plants
Bio-informatic skills for analyses and or integration of “omic” datasets
Experience with interacting with industry partners or primary producers.
How to apply
Closing date: Sunday, 3 September 2017 by 11.00pm AEST.
About La Trobe University
La Trobe University provides high quality tertiary education to over 35,000 students with 1,500 academic and 3,500 professional staff.
Our research is among the world's best. We rank in the top two percent of the world’s 20,000+* universities.
2017 marks La Trobe University’s 50th birthday. And this year, we’re celebrating with our best-ever overall research ranki...ng. We have been ranked in the world’s top 400 universities, by all three major independent ranking agencies, and moved to #56 in the THE Young Universities Rankings. That makes us one of the world’s best young universities.
The 2017 QS World University Rankings has La Trobe University ranked 360 in the world, an improvement of 26 positions from the 2016 ranking of 386. The rankings placed La Trobe in the top 1.4 per cent of universities globally.
In 2016 we were ranked in the QS top 50 under 50 for the first time, and we achieved our best-ever ranking of 336 in the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities. We also came in at 377 in the Times Higher Education World University 2016 rankings
AgriBio brings together La Trobe's world-class research and the work of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) – the largest agricultural R&D organisation in the state.
To be among international leaders in agricultural bioscience research and development addressing food security by:
- improving productivity and sustainability
- fighting disease
- reducing environmental impacts
- supporting agricultural education
AgriBio provides researchers with purpose-built facilities to support their work. Our technology platforms include:
- DNA sequencing and genotyping for plants, livestock and microbes.
- Specialised software for bioinformatics and complex statistical analysis.
- A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer and multiple mass spectrometers.
- Controlled Environment Rooms for plant and pest research.