Research Associate – Crop Genomics

  • The University of Western Australia
  • Australia, WA
  • Apr 15, 2022
Science Full-time

Job Description:

The School of Biological Sciences

Batley Lab Crop Genomics

About the team

The School of Biological Sciences is a large, multidisciplinary School with over 80 high-calibre staff delivering world-class education and research programs to approximately 600 undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students and is responsible for the supervision of ~100 PhD students. The School is research-intensive with expertise in the disciplines of Computational Biology, Ecology & Conservation, Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience and Science Communication.

The Batley lab studies genetics and genomics on a range of crop and pathogen species, including subterranean clover, soybean, wheat, banana and chickpea, with other projects on a wide range of species including parasitic plants and pearl oyster, however our primary research focus is on the agricultural oilseed crop Brassica napus (canola), and its interactions with the disease-causing fungus Leptosphaeria maculans (blackleg). Related research projects include identification of blackleg disease resistance genes in canola using next-generation sequencing and high-throughput molecular marker approaches. New projects are investigating the role of structural variation in the Brassica genomes, specifically in relation to disease resistance and understanding the evolution of disease resistance genes. In conjunction with this our lab continues to work on development of genomes and pan genomes.

About the role

You, as the successful appointee, will be responsible for research projects investigating plant pathogen interactions and evolution of disease resistance genes and preparing and publishing scientific publications with a focus on crop plants.

You will also be involved in project planning, execution of molecular experiments, data analysis and interpretation, preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication and participation in the supervision of other research personnel engaged in the projects.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File 509303.pdf

Closing date: Friday, 20 May 2022

This position is open to international applicants.

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