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Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow in Plant Pathology

Reference no: 496729
Work type: Fixed Term - Full Time
Location: Wagga Wagga
Categories: Academic - Research Only/Fellowship

  • Collaborate on a project to support the sustainability of the Australian wine industry
  • Work with world class researchers and progress your career
  • Work in a beautiful regional campus environment

The Role

  • Fixed Term (up to 3 years), Full time
  • Level A/B – AUD$90,822 pa to AUD$121,504 pa (plus 17% superannuation)
  • Wagga Wagga (relocation assistance available)

You will contribute to a research team investigating aspects of grapevine and other horticultural diseases, primarily working on a project funded by Wine Australia referred to as the Management and Diagnosis of Grapevine Trunk Diseases in Vineyards and Nurseries. The project will involve the establishment of laboratory, glasshouse and field experiments to investigate the epidemiology and management of grapevine wood diseases.

This role will work closely with the Principal Scientist and will undertake and complete independent high level data collection, report on findings to the project team, as well as identifying new research project areas.

This position is required to be located on the Wagga Wagga campus.

To be successful you will have:

  • A doctoral or close to completing a doctoral qualification in plant pathology, mycology, microbiology, molecular biology or equivalent accreditation and standing.
  • Ability to plan and undertake field, laboratory and glasshouse trials in investigations of fungal pathogens of agricultural/horticultural crops.
  • Ability to develop rapid diagnostics using molecular tools (qPCR, LAMP).
  • A record of research or professional activity relevant to the discipline.

Application Requirements

Applicants are expected to apply online and address the selection criteria in the position description. If you experience difficulties applying online or for further information on completing the application process please visit our how to apply page or contact us.

About Us

Charles Sturt University is a young and growing university committed to developing far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish. We make a significant contribution to the prosperity and vibrancy of our rural and regional communities, with a reach and impact across Australia and internationally. We work together with industry, communities and students to create new thinking, inspire each other and make a positive and progressive contribution to the world.

At the Gulbali Institute, we are proud to be gifted our name Gulbali ngurambang which translates “to understand country” from the Wiradjuri First Nations as the guiding principle of how we do our work to create impactful integrated agriculture, water and environment research, grounded in Charles Sturt’s footprint across the Murray-Darling Basin, but with impact across Australia and globally.

The Institute brings together multidisciplinary teams to undertake research and innovation, focusing on:

  • Agriculture - Optimising farm systems for performance and sustainability
  • Water - Enhancing the health and resilience of freshwater ecosystems
  • Environment - Promoting biodiversity across landscapes

Based at the heart of the food bowl of Australia, the Institute works in close collaboration with two commercial farms, one of the largest digital farms in the Southern Hemisphere, a commercial winery and vineyard of the future and a huge range of world class technical and industry standard facilities – clinics, glasshouses, labs and studios – spanning more than 2500 hectares.

The Gulbali Institute will emphasis return on investment to increase productivity for farmer, improve natural environments and reduce risk in agricultural and environmental management.

We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. This is demonstrated through our Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice Citation and our Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award. Charles Sturt is also a participating member in the Australian Workplace Equality Index. Applications are encouraged from Indigenous Australians; people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); people who identify as LGBTIQA+; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Charles Sturt University offers a great work-life balance, professional development opportunities and generous financial benefits.

Further Information

Additional information is available in the position description or by contacting:

Associate Professor Sandra Savocchia | Associate Professor in Vine Pathology |  | Ph: +61 2 6933 4341

Closing Date: 11 pm, 5 October 2023

Advertised: - AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: - AUS Eastern Daylight Time