Level A Postdoctoral positions


Join the ARC Training Centre for Future Crops Development for a novel opportunity to develop a career that combines research using cutting-edge technologies with team teaching, supervision and training.

Work as part of a team spanning multiple universities and industry partners aimed at building new capabilities for agriculture and global food security through socially responsible genetic and field technologies to develop future crops.

Boost your career via a customised mentoring and professional uplift program tailored to your career goals, including both developing and attending short courses on new genetic and crop technologies, responsible innovation, education and biotechnology commercialisation.

The Innovation Fellowships are distinctly tailored to provide a novel opportunity to develop skills needed for leadership and innovation in a wide range of professions.

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $72,829 to $97,927 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Terms: 4 year full-time, fixed-term appointment

Position overview

We are seeking a creative, excellent and innovative early career researcher to be part of a newly established Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) for Future Crops Development.

The ARC ITTC for Future Crops Development is a collaboration between the University of Adelaide and the Australian National University, as well as 19 industry partners, consisting of government research agencies, the Australian grains sector’s key stakeholders and international research organisations. The Training Centre aims to build new capabilities for agriculture and global food security through socially responsible genetic and field technologies for future crops.

The School of Agriculture, Food & Wine is one of several Schools in the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology, and represents a world-class concentration of scientific research, education and product conferring capability, with infrastructure and resources at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide. The successful candidate will enjoy the opportunity to liaise closely with research and industry experts co-located on campus.

The successful candidate will be undertaking innovative research into next generation biotechnology pipelines for the agricultural industry. They will be responsible for the training of staff, students and the ITTC’s industry partners in plant transformation technologies, such as the generation of genetically modified and genome edited plants. The successful candidate will contribute to supervision of PhD students on projects involving biotechnology and trait analysis.

The role will offer opportunities for the candidate to travel overseas to our international collaborators to exchange ideas and to learn new techniques for bringing back to Australia.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD in Plant Sciences or Molecular Biosciences, or working towards a PhD in Plant Sciences, with relevant additional experience/training
  • Demonstrated experience in projects involving CRISPR-mediated gene editing and/or the generation of GMO crops or plants.
  • Excellent written communication skills and demonstrated ability to write quality peer-reviewed publications and industry reports
  • Excellent interpersonal, organisational, and time management skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity, diversion and inclusion

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs – including significant industry, government and community collaborations – offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work’s cutting-edge nature – not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour – provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework  and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

Learn more at: adelaide.edu.au/jobs 

Your faculty’s broader role

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance. 

Learn more at: set.adelaide.edu.au 

If you have the talent, we’ll give you the opportunity. Together, let’s make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, 16th November 2022.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Associate Professor Stuart Roy
Deputy Director (Industry) ARC ITTC for Future Crops Development, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine
P: +61 (8) 8131 0549
E: stuart.roy@adelaide.edu.au

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.