Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant Molecular Physiology
University of Queensland

Centre Postdoctoral Researcher / Research Fellow - Plant Molecular Physiology

Apply now Job No:515002
Area:Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture is a research Centre within the School of Biological Sciences, School of Mathematics and Physics, School of Law and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).  The ARC CoE for Plant Success is administered at The University of Queensland and has Nodes at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), Monash University, Macquarie University (MQ) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  There are also a number of domestic and international partner institutions.

The ARC CoE for Plant Success will discover the adaptive strategies underpinning productivity and resilience in diverse plants and deepen knowledge of the genetic and physiological networks driving key traits. Using novel quantitative and computational approaches, the Centre will link gene networks with traits across biological levels, giving plant breeders an unparalleled predictive capacity. The Centre will accelerate technologies to transfer successful networks into crops and build legal frameworks to secure this knowledge. With a uniquely multidisciplinary team, the Centre will deliver new strategies to address the problems of food security and climate change, establishing Australia as a global leader in these areas.

The Australian Research Council funded the CoE for Plant Success in late 2019 and work is underway to establish the Centre, which has 17 chief investigators, 11 partner investigators and 27 associate investigators.

About This Opportunity 

This Plant Molecular Physiology position will work with Centre Director and ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow Professor Christine Beveridge FAA and their research group and collaborators within the ARC CoE for Plant Success.

The primary purpose of this position is to improve understanding and description of the shoot branching network and molecular genetics involved. It will enable connection to other developmental networks (such as source-sink relationships and flowering) and directly contribute to or assist building computational/mathematical models. This position will serve to supervise the phenotypic analysis of populations of Arabidopsis that vary in shoot branching phenotypes. With collaborators the models and population data will enhance further discovery of genetic and molecular components and enable an understanding of selection to improve the rate of genetic gain in breeding.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, you will possess (or be in the process of obtaining) a PhD or equivalent in plant physiology, genetics, molecular biology and/or in quantitative biology (experience in working with plant hormones is highly desirable).

To be successful at a Level A, you will have a track record of publication of research findings in peer reviewed journals and conferences. You will have demonstrated experience in working with biological or other complex networks with an emphasis on either the biology, quantitative analysis or both. You will have evidence of, or an ability to commence establishing effective relationships to represent and promote the research area at a University and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies.

To be successful at a Level B level, you will be expected to have demonstrated clear evidence of leadership, such as being successful in more than one of the following:

  • Excellent knowledge, skills and demonstrated expertise in plant physiology and plant hormones, genetics, molecular biology and/or in quantitative biology.
  • A strong track record of leading and working on multiple projects and producing timely, high quality outputs and outcomes.
  • A record of publication in high-ranking refereed journals and other research outlets.
  • A record of supervision of postgraduate research students.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position at Academic Research Level A or B.

For Level A: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,449.07 - $94,637.91 per annum, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $82,753.80 - $110,726.35 per annum.

For Level B: The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $99,542.79 - $118,206.74 per annum plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $116,465.07 - $138,301.88 per annum.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

 Download File 515002 Centre Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant Molecular Physiology.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Christine Beveridge 

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 13 Jul 2021
Applications close: 10 Aug 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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