Research Scientist - Molecular Plant Bacteriology

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Department: Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: SciB
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/026174
Closing Date: 25-Aug-2019
Salary Range: $85,279 - $96,759
Job Duration: 3 Years
Attachments: Research Scientist - Molecular Plant Bacteriology- SciB PD.docx (Word, 113KB)


Contact: Dr. Fiona Constable
03 9032 7283

Position Details

Research Scientist – Molecular Plant Bacteriology

  • $85,279 - $96,759 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term – 3 years 
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Bundoora

The position of Research Scientist – Molecular Plant Bacteriology is located within the Microbial Sciences, Pests and Diseases unit of Agriculture Victoria Research and reports directly to the Research Leader-Microbiology. The position plays a key role in delivery of science-based outcomes for the national project “MT18005 Improving plant industry access to new genetics through faster and more accurate diagnostics using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)” funded by Hort Innovation. This overall aim is to develop an end-to-end, standard operating procedures, which are harmonised with international best practices, to enable the adoption of NGS technology for routine phytosanitary screening of exotic pests in a range of horticultural crops in PEQ facilities.

The research scientist will be a recognised expert in utilising and developing NGS approaches and advanced bioinformatics for the detection and identification of plant bacteria. The position requires excellent experimental and organisational skills and good verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, as the incumbent will be coordinating research activities with internal and external collaborators to develop a high quality, consistent approach to achieving scientific excellence. The successful applicant will work effectively as a member of a team, enjoy flexible working arrangements, aid in the supervision and training of staff and students, and undertake a wide variety of work across the division.

A degree in Agricultural Science, Science or an equivalent science qualification and a minimum of three years' experience in a relevant field.

For a confidential discussion, please call Dr. Fiona Constable on 03 9032 7283.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records and Qualifications 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 25 August 2019 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.


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