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/026175
Closing Date: 25-Aug-2019
Salary Range: $85,279 - $96,759
Job Duration: 3 Years
Attachments: Research Scientist - Molecular Plant Bacteriology PD.docx (Word, 114KB)


Contact: Rachel Mann
03 9032 280

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 research scientist will be a recognised expert in utilising and developing molecular approaches, including high-throughput sequencing (HTS) and advanced bioinformatics, for the detection and identification of plant pathogens. This research scientist position is closely aligned to large national collaborative research projects which aim to improve diagnostic capability for Xylella fastidiosa and to utilise sequence-based technologies for biosecurity surveillance of pathogens (e.g. bacteria) associated with a wide variety of Australian crops and plant produce. Major outcomes of this research will be to provide in-field diagnostic tools and an HTS-based capability to analyse specimens collected in surveillance traps to underpin Victorian and Australian biosecurity.

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 Rachel Mann on 03 9032 7280.

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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