Research Fellow (Cereal Genetics)

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Apr 22, 2022

Job Description:

Job no: 0055878
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full time; Fixed-term
Faculty of Veterinary and Agriculture Sciences
Department/School:School of Agriculture and Food
Level A – $75,289 – $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Faculty of Veterinary and Agriculture Sciences

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences is a leader in agricultural, food and veterinary science education and research in Australia.

The faculty comprises the Melbourne Veterinary School and the School of Agriculture and Food. The faculty operates across three campuses: Parkville, Werribee and Dookie. We acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the lands upon which these campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples and the Yorta Yorta Nation. In addition to education and research, the faculty operates a veterinary hospital at Werribee, a broadacre farm at Dookie, and an equine hospital in Shepparton.

About the Role

The Research Fellow (Cereal Genetics) is responsible for contributing to research at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, School of Agriculture and Food. Working within the project team, this position will actively assist and participate in research to deliver project objectives and milestones. Reporting to the project lead, the Research Fellow will contribute to and undertake research relating to molecular switches and genetic consequences of grain retention in cereals. This is part of a collaborative project between the University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide, and James Hutton Institute, funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery.

In a typical week at work, you may:

About You

You will have the ability to engage with relevant professional and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships and have excellent ability to work co-operatively and positively in a multi-disciplinary research-based team environment and liaise with people from diverse backgrounds. You will have excellent organisational skills to meet deadlines and bring projects to a timely completion and the ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed research projects with limited supervision. You will have well-developed interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders including industry partners and collaborators, in a diverse environment.

Ideally, you will further have:

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

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If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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