Grant Funded Researcher A/B – School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Job no: 510239
Work type: Fixed term – Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Level B, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology (Level A or Level B) $89,610-$119,391 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies. Fixed term position available until June 2025.

The Microbiome Project, is a newly funded project under the National Soil Challenge Grant program. Capitalising on an archive of well over 10,000 soil DNA samples collected from cropping paddocks across the nation, over more than 20 years, and through glasshouse and field trials, this project seeks to identify fundamental changes in soil biological communities due to changes in farming systems over the past two decades. The successful applicant will be one of several staff appointed to this exciting new project.

The position will be based at the University of Adelaide, within the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine on the Waite Campus. This is one of the largest collections of agricultural food and wine research in the Southern Hemisphere

Applicants should have a demonstrated track record of well-developed bioinformatic and analytical (statistical) skills, meta-barcoding and metagenomics, a knowledge of soils and/or agronomy, and a track record of producing high quality publications.

You will play a leading role in delivering the molecular and bioinformatics components of the project. You will coordinate the data generation (to be performed by external providers) of archived and new soil DNA samples, and will be responsible for analysing the resulting high throughput sequencing and qPCR data, and preparing results for high quality publications.

To be successful you will need:

  • Highly developed skills in bioinformatics, metabarcoding and metagenomics analysis and statistical data analysis, and knowledge of standard software including R statistical environment.
  • Demonstrated analytical, problem solving, organisational and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Strong research interests in soil ecology/molecular ecology with demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and to develop and maintain key collaborations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a large multidisciplinary team to deliver shared objectives.

The successful candidate with hold a PhD in Molecular Ecology, Soil Ecology, or equivalent.

You will have good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to tailor communication skills with different stakeholders

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.

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. 

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, 4th August 2022.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Timothy Cavagnaro
Professor and Associate Head of School (Research), School of Agriculture, Food & Wine
P: +61 (8) 313-2770

You’ll find a full selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

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.

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Advertised: 04 Jul 2022 10:30 AM
Applications close:04 Aug 2022 11:55 PM

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