Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Plant Physiology
Western Sydney University Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Ref 1651/19, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Plant Physiology, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will focus on an on-going research project focusing on elucidating the mechanisms underlying leaf-level water use efficiency in the genetic model C4 crop sorghum in dry and hot environments, with a view of developing selection traits appropriate for use in breeding programs.

Research undertaken at the WSU node of the ARC-funded Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis (CETP) focuses on the molecular and environmental regulation of C4 photosynthesis in grasses and crops. In particular, the project has three components pertaining to water use efficiency of sorghum in dry environments:

Elucidate how leaf internal CO2 diffusion and leaf structure regulate photosynthesis efficiency and stomatal conductance in sorghum under wet and dry conditions;

Determine how leaf hydraulics and water relations impact leaf water use efficiency in sorghum under wet and dry conditions;

Model photosynthesis and stomatal conductance in C4 leaves.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will contribute to project outcomes in two essential ways: publish peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and undertake a specified controlled environment experiment. The position holder will conduct a controlled-environment experiment to fulfil the objectives of Program 1 'Improving leaf CO2 capture efficiency' of the Centre of Excellence, which is co-led by Professor von Caemmerer and A/Prof Ghannoum, and will join the 'Plants, Animals and Interactions' group at the HIE.

The position holder will also be expected to publish his/her research in high-impact international journals, prepare reports detailing progress on milestones, and communicate his/her results at scientific meetings.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level A $94,879 to $114,628 p.a. (comprising salary $80,174 to $96,862 p.a., plus 17% Superannuation and Leave Loading).

Position Enquiries: Please contact A/Prof Oula Ghannoum, (02) 4570 1581 or

Closing Date: 11:30pm, 16 June 2019.


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