First listed on: 20 June 2018

Research Scientist in Cereal Rust Resistance 

  • Are you a dynamic, early to mid-career research scientist?
  • Do you have extensive experience in cereal rust diseases?
  • Join our Agriculture & Food Rust Resistance group in this key research role

The Position:

The CSIRO Agriculture and Food Rust Resistance group has established a world-leading position in both basic research into cereal rust disease biology and in translating this to high industry impact through its development and release of a suite of molecular markers to the Australian and global wheat breeding industry. A dynamic early to mid-career research scientist is required to maintain the momentum of this world leading research team and to explore opportunities to establish new research directions. It is envisaged that this person will combine extensive experience in cereal rust diseases with broader expertise in other fungal diseases, and have a proven ability to engage with industry, attract external research funding and build collaborations across different disciplines. The applicant would be expected to develop a vigorous research program working collaboratively within the cereal rust disease area and to explore and capture new research opportunities that leverage the group’s expertise to expand into other significant crop diseases.

Your duties will include:

  • Incorporating novel approaches to scientific investigations by adapting and/or developing original concepts and ideas for new, existing and further research.
  • Undertaking research on cereal rust diseases and develop durable resistance approaches.
  • Genetic improvement of cereals for improved rust disease resistance that has substantial industry impact.
  • Exploring new research opportunities to apply research expertise to other significant crop diseases.
  • Communicating effectively and respectfully in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.

Location: Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT
Salary: $109k to $128k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite/Ongoing
Ref no: 57393

To be successful you will have:

  • A doctorate or equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as molecular plant pathology.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, evidenced by high-level reporting, presentation and negotiation abilities, and the capacity to identify and influence critical stakeholders to gain support for contentious proposals/ideas.
  • Extensive research experience in molecular biology and genomics of cereal rusts and other fungal diseases focusing on both the host and pathogen.
  • A strong record of scientific achievement and innovation with evidence of an industry focus.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully leading research teams and mentoring and developing young scientists.

Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here: Position Details

About Us

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We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Find out more Balance

How to Apply: Please provide enough information relevant to the selection criteria for this position to enable the assessment panel to determine your suitability, and upload one document containing your CV/resume and cover letter.  

Applications Close:  10:59pm AEST, 19 July 2018

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