postdoc fellowship

Weining, Song WeininS at
Wed Oct 13 14:01:58 EST 1999

Faculty of Sciences

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is
funding an international research project over five years, aimed at
improving the germplasm within the wheat breeding programmes of Sichuan
Province in the People's Republic of China. The project is coordinated in
Australia by Associate /Professor Mark Sutherland, Centre for Rural &
Environmental Biotechnology and Department of Biological & Physical
Sciences, USQ. Other Australian participants in the project include the
Leslie Research Centre (Farming Systems Institute, QDPI), the University of
Queensland and the University of Sydney.  In particular the project aims to
assist Sichuan breeders to develop more efficient yield improvement
strategies, to find molecular markers for noodle quality attributes and
sprouting resistance and to identify sources of stripe rust resistance
applicable to the Province.  In addition, Chinese personnel will be trained
in Australia in various aspects of modern breeding and selection

We are seeking applicants for the key position of Project Officer who will
be responsible for the detailed co-ordination of project activities in
Australia, in particular the development of relevant doubled haploid
populations and the generation of protein and DNA markers for desirable
attributes.  The appointee will also arrange regular co-ordination and
training visits between Australia and China and will be required to liase
closely with both other Australian participants and our Chinese partners.
The appointee will have the opportunity to assist with the supervision of
research students attached to the project.  Appointment is available on a
full-time basis until 30 June 2004.

Qualifications/skills: Applicants must possess, or be about to complete, a
PhD in a relevant area of study, such as cereal breeding, development of
doubled haploid populations or the application of PCR-based DNA marker
technologies.  Applicants must also possess excellent organisational and
communication skills.

Salary:  Academic Level A $33,546.67 to $45,237.23 pa

Further Information:  If you have specific enquiries after obtaining the
information package, please contact Associate Professor Mark Sutherland on
(07) 4631 2360, email: marksuth at General information about the
Department, CREB and its research programmes can be found on the internet at

How to Apply: Before submitting an application, applicants should obtain an
information package (including selection criteria and application form) from
Human Resources on telephone (07) 4631 2193, facsimile (07) 4631 1417 or
email recruit at or via the web site

Applicants must systematically address the selection criteria, include a
completed USQ application form and forward their applications to the
Director, Human Resources by 5.00pm on 29 October 1999.

Equality of Employment Opportunity is a University Policy
The University of Southern Queensland is an exciting, rapidly developing
university with over 21,000  students, of whom over two-thirds are studying
by distance education.

Located in the friendly and modern city of Toowoomba, USQ offers the
opportunity to enjoy a great lifestyle with the convenience of being just 90
minutes drive west of Brisbane.

Song Weining
Leslie Research Centre
13 Holberton Street
PO Box 2282,
Toowoomba, QLD 4350

Phone: 61-7-46398880
Fax: 61-7-46398800
Email: weinins at

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