Research Scientist - Molecular Genetics

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Department: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Work Type: Fixed Term - Flexible
Job Function: Science
Classification: SciA
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/020176
Closing Date: 21-Feb-2018
Salary Range: $58,207 - $79,790
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 020176 Sc A Research Scientist PD 070218.doc (Word, 169KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Dr Matthew Hayden
0422 938 848

Position Details

Research Scientist – Molecular Genetics

  • $58,207 - $79,790 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Bundoora (flexibility may be available)

The position of Research Scientist – Molecular Genetics forms a part of the Plant Sciences Branch in the Agriculture Victoria Research Division within the Employment Investment and Trade Group.

The Employment, Investment and Trade Group delivers programs and services to grow the Victorian economy.  Its focus is on creating jobs and raising incomes through industry development, targeted investment and increasing the export value of Victorian firms.

The Agriculture Victoria Research Division represents DEDJTR's agricultural research and development function.

Research Scientists in Molecular Genetics aim to understand the genes and molecular mechanisms underlying trait variation in crop and animal species important to the agricultural sector in the State of Victoria, Australia. The role of this Research Scientist is to participate in research that applies next-generation genetic and genomic technologies and molecular breeding tools to crop improvement, primarily wheat, followed by safflower, canola and forage grasses. The position is part a multi-disciplinary team that generates and integrates phenotypic and genotypic data to identify the molecular basis of trait variation for use in crop improvement.

 Primary duties and responsibilities include performing, under general supervision, techniques for trait dissection based on next-generation DNA/RNA sequencing, genotype-by-sequencing, Infinium iSelect SNP assay, and quantitative and digital droplet PCR. The role involves performing both wet-chemistry, and data processing and analysis. The successful appointee will be expected to maintain accurate laboratory records and develop workflow procedures, and to conduct concurrently research that contributes to multiple projects with different science outcomes. The role requires working within a team environment, and requires excellent analytical and organisational skills, along with strong oral and written communication skills.

The successful applicant will work effectively as a member of a team, enjoy flexible working arrangements and undertake a wide variety of work across the division.

For a confidential discussion, please call Dr Matthew Hayden, Research Leader on 0422 938 848.

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description.  To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button below.  .

Applications close at midnight on 21st February 2018 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.


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