[ES_JOBS_NET] Lecturer in Agronomy/Plant-Soil Interactions, Australia

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed May 15 23:25:21 MDT 2013

Subject: Job: Lecturer in Agronomy/Plant-Soil Interactions, Australia

Lecturer in Agronomy/Plant-Soil Interactions
Narrabri, NSW
Faculty of Agriculture AND ENVIRONMENT
Reference No. 1384/0513

The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment seeks=20
to make an appointment in the area of=20
Agronomy/Plant-Soil Interactions located at the=20
IA Watson Grains Research Centre,=20
Narrabri.  Recent infrastructure investment at=20
the IA Watson Centre by the University and the=20
Wheat Research Foundation (WRF) has been followed=20
by investment from the Grains Research and=20
Development Corporation (GRDC) in a refreshed=20
research program. The IA Watson Centre also hosts=20
considerable staff and research activity for=20
major breeding companies and is set for further=20
development as a point of delivery of research for the northern grains=

Strong candidates will have a background relevant=20
to one or more issues such as: plant nutrition,=20
plant diseases (e.g. crown rot and root lesion=20
nematodes in cereals), plant water relations.=20
Similarly, you will be able to demonstrate how=20
management can be used to modify plant-soil=20
relationships such that productivity is enhanced.=20
Particular skills in any of a number of fields=20
would be advantageous such as skills in:=20
molecular techniques for functional=20
characterization of microbial communities,=20
quantifying soil physical properties, or in plant=20
root-soil nutrient interactions.

We are seeking to significantly enhance research=20
on plant-soil interactions at the University=92s IA=20
Watson Grains Research Centre at Narrabri, NSW.=20
This position is funded by the GRDC for the first=20
five years. You will have significant=20
opportunities to work with the WRF and other=20
industry stakeholders and develop further=20
projects for consideration by the GRDC through their established processes.

You will undertake research as described above,=20
and will interact with current research teams in=20
the faculty. You will be expected to develop new=20
teaching for undergraduate students, supervise=20
research projects at honours and postgraduate=20
levels, and help develop workshops, seminars and=20
master-classes for industry stakeholders,=20
especially growers. You will serve the faculty=92s=20
interests in developing its international and national profile.

To succeed in this role, you will have:
=B7         a PhD degree or equivalent in a relevant field
=B7         demonstrated research capability in plant-soil interactions
=B7         a significant publication record
=B7         ability to attract competitive research funding
=B7         strong desire to interact and conduct=20
research with relevant industry stakeholders
=B7         demonstrated teaching and communication skills
=B7         a valid driver=92s licence (as driving in=20
remote rural areas is required)

Desirable selection criteria include: experience=20
of working with industry and a teaching portfolio.

The faculty has established strengths in=20
modelling, soil science, plant pathology, plant=20
breeding (including legumes), precision=20
agriculture, spatial information systems and=20
agricultural and resource economics. You will=20
support cognate research in areas such as carbon=20
sequestration in soils, providing relevant=20
expertise in soil-plant-water relations and will=20
develop appropriate units of study.

The position is full time continuing subject to=20
the completion of a satisfactory probation and=20
confirmation period. Visa sponsorship and some=20
relocation expenses support will be available if required.

Remuneration package: up to $125K p.a.=20
(consisting of a base salary level B, leave=20
loading and 17% employer=92s contribution to=20
superannuation). Level of appointment will be=20
commensurate with experience and qualifications.

All applications must be submitted via the=20
University of Sydney careers website. Visit=20
and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 9 June 2013 (11:30pm Sydney Time)

The University is an equal opportunity employer=20
committed to equity, diversity and social=20
inclusion. Applications from equity target groups=20
and women are encouraged as they are under-represented in this field.

=A9 The University of Sydney

BRIANNA YAAKOUP | Recruitment Administrator - Thursday, Friday
SydneyRecruitment | Human Resources

Level 1, 1-3 Ross Street, K06

The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006
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