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|Company Name||The University of Sydney|
|Date Posted||12 March 2013|
Faculty of Agriculture AND ENVIRONMENT
Reference No. 155/0113
· Manage a research farm with a focus on plant breeding and agronomy and manage key relationships with non-university farm users
· Conduct research focused on soil management that leads to greater productivity and efficiency of nutrient and water use
· Practical skills in farm management / agronomy are essential
The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment seeks to make an appointment in the area of agronomy and farm management. The position will be based at the IA Watson Centre of the Plant Breeding Institute, in Narrabri, NSW with additional duties (~10% of time) at the EJ Holtsbaum Research Station at Spring Ridge (‘Nowley’, 100 km south) and some teaching and research activities to be conducted in Sydney.
With the support of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the University of Sydney has been strengthening its plant science and now seeks to build our academic and practical capacity in soil management. As such, this role is suited to a person with a strong interest in soil management (agronomy). The long-term focus of the IA Watson Centre in wheat breeding will continue, and current research programs have a well-known focus on plant diseases (including soil-borne pathogens). New research in plant and soil nutrition and greenhouse gas emissions is underway.
As Associate Professor, you will:
· provide on-ground leadership and day-to-day guidance for academic and technical staff
· manage the relationships of the University with other users of the IA Watson Centre or the EJ Holtsbaum Research Station
· provide an effective interface with visitors to the site – especially local farmer groups, consultant agronomists, industry R&D organisations (eg. GRDC), breeding companies
· provide management advice to both the Director of Agricultural Operations for the faculty (Mr James Bell) and the Director of PBI Narrabri, Professor Trethowan
· develop and deliver teaching for undergraduate students and supervise research projects at Honours and postgraduate levels
· develop workshops, seminars and master-classes for stakeholders including industry and growers, and that serve the faculty interest in enhancing its national and international profile
· utilise your knowledge of agronomy of wheat and other cropping systems, including till and no-till systems, to provide advice to the Operations Committee on best-practice agronomic management.
To succeed in this role, you are likely to demonstrate:
· a PhD degree or other postgraduate qualification in a relevant field
· a background in crop agronomy at university level or extensive practical knowledge of cropping enterprises and/or field-based crop research
· a significant publication record or a strong record of practical farm management
· a strong record of leadership and of attracting competitive research funding
· teaching and communication skills
· a strong desire to interact and conduct research and extend results with relevant stakeholders including industry and growers
· ability to facilitate disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and collaboration at national/international level
· a valid driver’s licence (accessing rural and remote areas is required)
· sound knowledge of the cropping industry in northern NSW/southern QLD
· experience working with the grains industry.
This is an opportunity to work in a faculty that has established strengths in modelling, soil science, plant pathology, plant breeding (including legumes), precision agriculture, spatial information systems and agricultural and resource economics.
This position is full-time continuing subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation. Visa sponsorship and some relocation expenses support will be available if required.
Remuneration package: up to $169K p.a. (consisting of a base salary level D up to $143K, leave loading and 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation). Level of appointment will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.
CLOSING DATE: 21 April 2013 (Sydney time 11:30pm)
The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged as they are underrepresented in this field.
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