Post Doctoral Fellow - Fungi

The Post Doctoral Fellow is responsible for supporting the Research priorities of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria by conducting thorough scientific research to generate solutions to sometimes complex problems. The incumbent will design and implement a sound taxonomic and systematic investigation of an Australasian genus or group of genera of truffle-like fungi & relatives
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Department: Royal Botanic Gardens
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: RBGV 4.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/421814B
Closing Date: 24-Apr-2018
Salary Range: $77,551 - $87,992
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Post Doctoral Fellow - Fungi.pdf (PDF, 261KB)

Contact: Dr Teresa Lebel, Senior Mycologist

Position Details

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV)

  • South Yarra Location
  •  2 year position

Melbourne Gardens is a world-renowned heritage landscape, much cherished by Melburnians, comprising a diverse and important collection of plants from across the globe.  Cranbourne Gardens is dedicated to the display and appreciation of Australian flora and includes the award-winning Australian Garden.  Together, the two sites provide opportunities for recreation, education, research, tourism, cultural expression, and the increased scientific understanding of the world's remarkable plant life.

A unique and challenging opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow has become available within the Science Division at RBGV to contribute to an international collaborative project. Funding support is through the Australian Biological Resources Study and Friends of the RBGV, to revise the classification of Australian genera of truffle-like fungi and also to barcode a portion of the MEL macrofungal collection. The incumbent will utilise morphological and molecular data to contribute to a revision of the classification of the genera of Australian truffle-like fungi in a global context, and also design and implement a taxonomic and systematic investigation of an Australasian genus or group of genera of truffle-like fungi & relatives in collaboration with expert(s) in the group. This project provides an excellent opportunity for co-authorship on multiple papers and networking with internationally known specialists across 4-5 major macrofungi lineages.

Essential: The successful applicant will have a broad knowledge of macrofungi or specialised knowledge of a particular lineage, an understanding of taxonomic, nomenclatural and systematic principles (fungi), light microscopy, generation of data for Sanger sequencing across multiple DNA regions, and downstream data handling and phylogenetic data analysis using various packages.  A PhD is required.  Desirable: An interest in truffle-like fungi, demonstrated skill in handling of herbarium material, and experience in targeted amplicon sequencing of macrofungi (NGS methods), scanning electron microscopy, and a broad publication record will be looked upon favourably.

 A drivers licence and capacity to conduct some fieldwork is also required. Official appointment to the role will be contingent on eligibility to work in Australia, i.e. Australian resident or obtaining a work visa once offered the role.

 For more information and to apply for this role, please visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria's website at or by COB Tuesday 24 April 2018.

Enquiries can be directed to Dr Teresa Lebel, Senior Mycologist at

 **Applicants must address the Success Profile as specified in the position description found under the ‘Attachments' heading on the Victorian Government website.


Applications will only be accepted through the Victorian Government website.

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