Pauline Ladiges Plant Systematics Research Fellow

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Department: Royal Botanic Gardens
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: RBGV 4.1
Work Location: Melbourne - Southern Metro
Reference: VG/421967
Closing Date: 15-Mar-2024
Salary Range: $93,529 - $106,121
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Pauline Ladiges Plant Systematics Research Fellow.pdf (PDF, 143KB)

Pauline Ladiges Plant Systematics Research Fellow.docx (Word, 287KB)

Contact: Holly McGoldrick

Position Details

Who We Are

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) employs over 240 staff overseeing two beautiful world-class gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne. The organisation fosters an understanding and appreciation for plants and the natural world through arts and culture and education programs, world-leading scientific research, plant conservation programs, and promotes health and wellbeing in nature

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne have an established, successful collaboration, reputations for excellence in plant systematics research, and modern infrastructure. Through RBGV Foundation and The Botany Foundation (The University of Melbourne) an established endowment fund supports salary for a joint research position: the “Pauline Ladiges Plant Systematics Research Fellowship”.

What You'll Do

The Fellow will conduct research in the field plant systematics with a focus on the terrestrial flora of Australasia, design and implement research projects that deploy modern methods, including molecular techniques, and contribute to the joint research priorities of both institutions. The position requires the fellow to work at and collaborate with researchers at both the Gardens and the University.

The role will be responsible for representing the RBGV and UM in professional forums, in addition to supervising Honours/Masters/PhD students, teaching undergraduates, and providing coaching or mentorship to junior colleagues and students. The successful candidate will assist with budget planning, financial monitoring, and grant application co-ordination for relevant research projects.

What You'll Bring

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in plant systematics/evolutionary biology, with preferably 1-2 year's post-doctoral experience. You will have sound knowledge of the Australian flora, and a background in conducting in-depth research independently in plant systematics. Using your critical thinking skills, you can identify knowledge gaps, and apply up to date research and current methodologies to resolve complex problems. You have demonstrated experience of scientific publications in refereed journals and proven skills in molecular and quantitative research methods. Your excellent interpersonal skills enable you to influence and encourage others to achieve specific requirements, in addition to facilitating positive working relationships. You work well autonomously and in a team environment and can effectively manage conflicting priorities.

For further details please refer to the position description which is located under the attachments heading on the Victorian Government Careers website.

Working with Us

At RBGV you'll be part of a nationally recognised organisation that makes a genuine impact on a local and international scale. As an employee you will benefit from flexible working arrangements to assist in creating genuine work/life balance, annual leave loading, access to an Employee Assistance Program and much more.

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please visit the Victorian Government Careers website at must submit a recent resume along with a document responding to each of the Key Selection Criteria as stated in the position description prior to the deadline.

Applications will only be accepted via the Victorian Government website. Enquiries can be directed by email to is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Our organisation is a proudly child safe organisation and committed to protecting children and young people from harm. All applicants will be required to complete the necessary pre-employment checks prior to appointment.

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