Postdoctoral position in plant-microbe interactions at CSIRO Plant Industry, Perth, Australia.
Applications are invited for a three-year OCE Postdoctoral Fellowship in the joint CSIRO/University of Western Australia Molecular Plant Pathology and Legume Genomics Group, a collaborative initiative investigating the molecular basis of plant defence and fungal pathogenesis for several important fungal diseases.
Specifically the person will be responsible for:
* Conducting comparative genomics to identify genes relating to host range specificity and virulence in isolates of the fungal pathogen Rhizoctonia solani with differing host range, including Arabidopsis and various crop plants;
* Analyse the function of candidate pathogenicity genes through a combination of proteomics, metabolomics and functional assays;
* Study the role of multiple nuclei within fungal pathogens of plants with regards to host range and the evolution of virulence;
* Provide support and/or supervision of junior staff or students, etc;
* Produce high quality scientific and technical outputs including journal articles, conference papers and presentations;
* Develop innovative concepts and ideas for further research;
* Contribute to the delivery of CSIRO's organisational objectives.
Location: Floreat, Western Australia
Salary: $81K to $88K p.a. plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: 3 Year Term
Ref No.: WA13/05078
To be considered you will hold a PhD, or will shortly satisfy the requirements for a PhD degree, in a relevant scientific discipline.
You will also:
* Conduct innovative research in plant or microbe biology/biochemistry;
* Develop experimental plans and pursue novel research approaches;
* Originality, creativity and innovation in solving problems and introducing new directions and approaches;
* Work with a broad range of people from varying research backgrounds and evidence of strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to publish the results of scientific research in scientific journals;
* Work independently under minimal supervision while contributing to overall team performance and proven ability to meet performance deadlines during the course of the project.
Owing to terms of the fellowship, candidates must not have more than 3 years of relevant Postdoctoral experience.
How to Apply: Please apply for this position online at www.csiro.au/careers<http://www.csiro.au/careers>.
You may be asked to provide additional information (online) relevant to the selection criteria. If so, then responding will enhance your application so please take the time to provide relevant succinct answers. Applicants who do not provide the information when requested may not be considered.
If you experience difficulties applying online call 1300 301 509 and someone will be able to assist you. Outside business hours please email: csiro-careers from csiro.au<mailto:csiro-careers from csiro.au>
IMPORTANT: Please upload your resume/curriculum vitae and other documents in MS Word only so they can be converted to PDF before being sent to the Selection Panel. Please note only two documents can be attached to your application.
Referees: If you do not already have the names and contact details of two previous supervisors or academic / professional referees included in your resume/CV please add these before uploading your CV.
Contact: If after reading the selection documentation you require further information please contact Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Anderson by email at Jonathan.Anderson from csiro.au<mailto:Jonathan.Anderson from csiro.au> or by phone at +61 8 9333 6103.
Applications close 2nd February 2014 (11:30pm Perth time).
Please do not email your application directly to Assoc. Prof. Anderson. Applications received via this method will not be considered.
About CSIRO: Australia is founding its future on science and innovation. Its national science agency, CSIRO is a powerhouse of ideas, technologies and skills for building prosperity, growth, health and sustainability. It serves governments, industries, business and communities across the nation. Find out more! www.csiro.au<http://www.csiro.au>.
CSIRO Plant Industry: is an internationally renowned research centre of plant science excellence strongly driven to improve Australia's plant-based agricultural industries.
About the Research Group: The joint CSIRO and UWA Molecular Plant Pathology and Crop Genomics group, led by Prof. Karam Singh, is based in Perth, Western Australia. The group works primarily on plant responses to pathogens and insect pests and has extensive experience in many aspects of plant molecular genetics and genomics and access to state-of-the-art facilities from both CSIRO and UWA. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and is situated on the banks of the Swan River. It is famous for its white sandy beaches and enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate for most of the year. It has a population of more than 1.5 million and has a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Dr Jonathan Anderson
Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Plant Industry and Assistant Professor (Research), The UWA Institute of Agriculture
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