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Position: 3 x Research Associate/Fellow - Plant Pathogen Interactions
Institution: Curtin University
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Duties: The successful candidates will form part of a dynamic team to substantially improve yield stability for Australian grain growers through the adoption and use of resistant varieties. The successful candidates will present their research to colleagues in the Centre, publish within the field of research, as well as communicate their research to agronomists, growers and breeders
   
Text: 3 x Research Associate/Fellow - Plant Pathogen Interactions Job No: CURTIN727 Location: Perth Employment Status: Fixed term, Full time No. of Vacancies: 3 Closing Date: 31 Aug 2019 Together, we can make tomorrow better Centre for Crop and Disease Management, School of Molecular Life Science Fixed term, full time until 22 June 2022 $88,135 - $118,115 (ALA /ALB) plus 17% Superannuation Relocation provided for you and your immediate family Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai. Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) The Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) at Curtin University launched in April 2014 - a bilateral research agreement between the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Curtin University. The CCDM is a major investment in research training, crop disease-focussed research activity and infrastructure. The Centre includes a new high quality research facility at Curtin, used for research and development to sustainably reduce the impact of important grain pathogens and ultimately, to provide solutions to reduce the impact of diseases on farm business resilience. The Centre’s activities integrate molecular sciences with field-based agronomy to generate new avenues to breed disease resistant germplasm and to assist farmers to sustainably utilise a full range of disease control options. The CCDM has three themes of activity with several projects in each theme. There is strong interdisciplinary collaboration within the Centre and active collaboration with leading national and international scientists. Research Theme B - Cereal Diseases These positions are embedded in Theme B of the CCDM which focusses on cereal disease research and targets a range of costly and complex diseases of wheat and barley. Yield and economic losses of both of these crops remain a significant issue for the Australian grains industry. CCDM conducts pre-breeding research using biochemical, genetic and ‘omic’ approaches to help breeders develop disease-resistant varieties as an effective, long-term solution to crop disease control. Our researchers also explore the interaction of pathogens during co-infection and the resulting host responses. Your new role The unique opportunities available within CCDM Theme B are: Research Associate/Fellow - Metabolomics of wheat and fungal pathogens: Identification and characterisation of metabolites and small molecules important during plant infection ( Duty Statement ) Research Associate/Fellow - Cereal genetics: Genetic approaches towards durable wheat disease resistance ( Duty Statement ) Research Associate/Fellow - Fungal effector biology: Identification and characterisation of fungal effectors and wheat disease defence protein markers ( Duty Statement ) The successful candidates will form part of a dynamic team to substantially improve yield stability for Australian grain growers through the adoption and use of resistant varieties. The successful candidates will present their research to colleagues in the Centre, publish within the field of research, as well as communicate their research to agronomists, growers and breeders. Click here to view the Position Descriptions Research Associate OR Research Fellow and the CCDM strategic plan 2019 - 2022 These positions will be based at Bentley Campus, Perth Western Australia embedded with the School of Molecular Life Sciences. The positions will involve engaging with collaborators and industry partners both locally and internationally, and developing funding proposals. As part of your professional development this role may require some teaching activities. What we offer you The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers exciting career paths and trajectories including: Conducting innovative work that makes real-world differences A highly inclusive workplace and team environment Interactions with, and learnings from, research partners including industry, government and academic International recognition Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, a relocation allowance, generous superannuation, salary-packaging arrangements including childcare, and the potential to support dual-career arrangements. For details of Curtin’s employee benefits please visit https://about.curtin.edu.au/jobs/ What we need from you We encourage you to respond to the selection criteria relevant to the role/s you are interested in. Please specify in your cover letter which position/s you wish to be considered for. Applications close: 5 pm, 5th of August 2019 Valuing Diversity and Inclusion At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance. Explore some more www.ccdm.com.au Contact details To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact: Email: CCDMAdmin@curtin.edu.au Please only apply via the attached link. Please do not send your resume direct to the above contact. Disclaimer Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. Privacy Acknowledgment
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