• School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Full-Time, Fixed-Term Position through to 30 June 2025
  • Academic Level A
  • Closing Date: 17 July 2022 (R-12436)

This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to play a lead role in investigating soil-plant nitrogen dynamics within intensive broadacre crop production systems. The position aims to advance understanding of how applied mineral nitrogen interacts with soil water dynamics, soil organic matter, and cropping systems agronomy to impact fertiliser and nitrogen-use efficiency and crop nutrition, with subsequent benefits for both production and environmental sustainability.

The research will combine laboratory, controlled environment, and field-based agronomic experiments, and will be highly collaborative with multi-agency partners across Australia. This will provide understanding of soil-plant nitrogen dynamics across diverse climates, soils, and production systems.

The position offers an excellent opportunity to develop diverse research and analytical expertise, as well as to pursue broader personal and professional development through publications, student supervision, and service roles across the University. For a full list of key responsibilities, please contact recruitment@uq.edu.au for a copy of the Position Description.

About SAFS

We are renowned for our research and teaching excellence across the inter-connected disciplines of agriculture, agribusiness, food science and technology, plant and soil sciences, and animal and wildlife science. 

About You

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in agronomy, soil science, or crop physiology.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively design, manage, and sample laboratory, controlled environment, and field experiments.
  • Demonstrated expertise in nitrogen isotopic tracing techniques and/or the installation, maintenance, and monitoring of automated sensors and data loggers would be advantageous.
  • Demonstrated capacity to effectively manage and analyse large data sets.
  • Track record, relative to opportunity, of publication of research in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success in working effectively in multi-agency and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to work in remote locations.
  • High level of personal integrity, transparency, and capability.
  • High level of motivation and drive to achieve results.

What We Can Offer  

 This is a full-time, fixed-term position through to 30 June 2025 at Academic Level A. 

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $72,144.35 to $96,530.67 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $84,408.89 to $112,940.88 per annum.  


To discuss this role please contact Dr Alwyn Williams at alwyn.williams@uq.edu.au    

For application queries, please contact recruitment@uq.edu.au stating the job reference number in the subject line.  

 Want to Apply?  

All applicants must supply the following documents:  

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section  
  • Resume  

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box during the application form. To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels, including direct email, will not be accepted.  

Other Information  

Work Rights and Sponsorship

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.  

Apply now online

Background Checks

All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits. 

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au.

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