Website Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Plant Functional Ecology
• Research adaptations to heat and water stress in Australian plants, in the field and in the glasshouse/lab
• Join an emerging, vibrant, cross-disciplinary research community via the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Success in Nature & Agriculture
We are seeking a talented, dedicated and field-experienced Postdoctoral Research Fellow – with proven capacity to lead peer-reviewed publications on plant science – to join the Western Sydney University (WSU) node of the new ARC Centre for Plant Success in Nature & Agriculture. You will be based in Distinguished Professor Ian Wright’s new research team at the Hawkesbury Institute of Environment (HIE). Wright is a global leader in plant functional ecology, best known for work on the leaf economic spectrum, global analysis of plant traits, and optimality theory for plant function (https://wrightlab.wordpress.com/). HIE researchers conduct world-leading, fundamental and applied research in ecology, physiology, genetics and global change biology.
Research in the Centre for Plant Success will build new understanding of climate-adaptations across diverse Australian lineages including wild relatives of agriculturally-important crops. Centre researchers include world-leaders in plant ecology, physiology, developmental biology, genetics and transcriptomics; in mathematical representation of genetic architectures and evolutionary processes; and in translating new knowledge into crop improvement. At the WSU node of the Centre we will drive research into adaptations to heat and drought in Australian native species, e.g. in eucalypts and native grasses. Key Centre personnel at HIE include D/Prof Ian Wright, A/Prof Rachael Gallagher and A/Prof Brendan Choat. Through 2021-22 we will recruit several postdocs and PhD students.
Your duties will include:
• Help develop our research program about adaptations to heat and water stress, at WSU and collaboratively across other Centre nodes
• Field and laboratory measurements of photosynthesis and plant functional traits
• Compile and analyse plant trait datasets
• Prepare manuscripts for publication in high impact journals
• Communicate project results at national and international conferences
Location: Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE), Western Sydney University, Richmond, NSW.
Academic Level: Level A – 3 Years
Remuneration Package: Academic Level A $98,712 to $119,260 p.a. (comprising Salary of $83,413 to $100,776 p.a., plus 17% Superannuation and Leave Loading).
Position Enquiries: Please contact Distinguished Professor Ian Wright via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 8:30pm, Sunday 7 November 2021
How to Apply: Go to the web site http://uws.nga.net.au/cp/ and scroll to the job reference 4208/21. Click on the reference number and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page on ‘How To Apply’.
1. A PhD degree or equivalent professional experience (e.g. progress towards the formal completion of or recently submitted PhD thesis for examination) in plant ecology/ecophysiology/physiology
2. Significant experience in organising and participating in field and/or glasshouse-based research, including measuring photosynthesis using a LI-6800 or similar equipment
3. Basic experience in plant identification
4. Demonstrable strength in statistical data analysis and interpretation
5. Demonstrated ability to draft manuscripts for publication in internationally recognised scientific journals, and a track-record of publications appropriate for the field of study and career stage
6. Demonstrated organisational skills and excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to be self-directed, but also to work effectively and harmoniously as part of a research team.
7. Current driver license
To be appointed to this role you must be an onshore applicant (currently residing in Australia), whether Australian/New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, or holding a current Work Permit.
Both the Centre and the Institute have an emphasis on early career development. A tailored career mentoring plan will be developed and will include opportunities to contribute to teaching and supervising Masters and PhD students as well as developing leadership skills.
Diversity and Inclusion
Both the Centre and the Institute recognise and value equity and diversity, and encourage applications from any person who meets the requirements of this position irrespective of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, age or other protected attributes. The Centre strives to provide an inclusive working environment, and along with the University is committed to supporting staff with family and caring responsibilities by providing policies, programs and initiatives to help balance work and family responsibilities.
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