Research Fellow – Nitrogen Cycling in Soil (Dookie Campus)

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Jul 9, 2024

Job Description:

Job no: 0063024
Location: Dookie (Goulburn Valley region), Victoria
Role type: Full-time; Fixed term until 31 March 2028.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Agriculture Food and Ecosystem Science
Salary: Level A – $83,468 - $113,262 p.a plus 17% super

About the Role
The Research Fellow (Nitrogen Management in Grain Crops) at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Science, School of Agriculture Food and Ecosystem Sciences will play a key role in conducting supervised research aimed at enhancing nitrogen use efficiency in Australian grain cropping.

This position will work under limited supervision to assist and participate in research within the project team to deliver project objectives and milestones which will include writing milestone reports and peer reviewed papers, liaising with stakeholders and the project research team, managing the project activities, supervising junior research staff, and presenting at project meetings and other events as directed.

Your responsibilities will include:

Who We Are Looking For
You will ideally possess work experience in field-based grains research, demonstrating a strong ability to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication. Additionally, you should show clear evidence of capability and motivation to advance in an academic research career.

You will also have:

  • Completion of a PhD in agricultural science, soil science or related discipline with sound understanding of soil nitrogen cycle .
  • Demonstrated experience in field crops research with a focus on improving fertiliser use efficiency.
  • Experience in monitoring greenhouse gas emissions from soil.
  • Skills in data collation and analysis
  • A demonstrated aptitude for research, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

our New Team – “The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences“

The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences has a vision of science for flourishing environments and communities. The School brings together diverse discipline strengths to lead the development of new interdisciplinary thinking and high-impact solutions for global challenges relating to climate change, food security, healthy food systems, biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, invasive species, and environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural practices. Our expertise spans biophysical, social and technical sciences, and we support a large cohort of PhD students across these domains.

Dookie campus has played a key role in the development of agriculture and agricultural teaching and learning in Australia since 1886 and it remains a focal point for the key research, teaching and technology development that is helping to shape the future of agriculture in Australia.

Situated on 2,440 hectares the campus includes a small community which houses our students and teaching staff, merino sheep, an orchard, robotic dairy, winery and a natural bush reserve.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

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If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

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