Research Scientist - Plant Functional Genomics

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is the Victorian Government’s lead agency for creating the conditions to sustainably develop the Victorian economy and grow employment. Our role is to increase jobs, investment, exports and opportunities; stimulate innovation, competitiveness, and confidence; and support sustainability.

The Department is committed to building a culture where we say 'yes' to flexible work arrangements, and support ways of working that help employees balance work and home life. The Department is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Department offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities on request.
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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/022419A
Closing Date: 19-Sep-2018
Salary Range: $59,080 - $80,987
Job Duration: 3 years
Attachments: 022419 Sc A Research Scientist PD 050918.docx (Word, 111KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Dr Clem Stanyon
03 9032 7124

Position Details


  • $59,080 - $80,987 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term, 3 years
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Bundoora (flexibility may be available)

In this position, you will participate in research that applies plant molecular biology, plant tissue culture and cell biology across a range of grain, oilseed and forage crops.  Your role will involve -

  • applying expertise in plant functional genomics and plant biotechnology;
  • liaison with collaborators, preparation of reports and communication of research results;
  • application of technical expertise in molecular biology, crop plant tissue culture and transformation;
  • contributing to the design and implementation of research experiments;
  • providing training and mentoring for junior staff, and postgraduate students;
  • undertaking laboratory tasks, including molecular biological vector construction and plant molecular analysis; and
  • ensuring compliance with regulatory obligations imposed by OGTR, AQIS and DAWR.

For appointment to this position you will need to demonstrate –

  • a degree in Science, Agricultural Science or an equivalent laboratory science qualification;
  • working knowledge of cellular transfection methods that are applicable to the generation of genetically modified organisms;
  • highly developed competency in a range of molecular cloning processes as well as demonstrated vector in silico design capabilities;
  • highly developed molecular analytical techniques;
  • experience of multi-disciplinary team work, with the ability to meet deadlines and achieve milestones;
  • the ability to supervise junior staff;
  • competency in managing and tracking independent experiments and the electronic management of datasets; and
  • ability to communicate the outcomes of research to expert and lay audiences

The position of Research Scientist is a part of the Agriculture Victoria Research Division's Plant Sciences Branch in 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.

For a confidential discussion, please call Dr Clem Stanyon, Senior Research Scientist – Plant Functional Genomics on 03 9032 7381.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department.

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 19 September 2018 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.


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