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Position: Research Assistant - Plant Pathogen Interactions
Institution: Curtin University
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Duties: This rare opportunity is to support a dynamic team of researchers to substantially improve yield stability for Australian grain growers through the adoption and use of resistant varieties. You will work under the supervision of researchers, and undertake a variety of research support tasks which may include a mix of administrative, experimental and technical duties
Requirements: Completion of a relevant qualification with demonstrated knowledge of basic experimental and research techniques relevant to the position; Demonstrated experience working in a laboratory environment; Demonstrated organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise tasks; Demonstrated well-developed numeracy and validation skills, and a methodical approach to tasks, including handling large data sets; Demonstrated effectiveness in both written and oral communication skills demonstrating appropriate confidentiality and cross-cultural sensitivity; Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as effectively as part of a team; Full Australian driver’s license (this role requires fieldwork activities); Experience growing plants and working with fungal pathogens is desirable; Familiarity with DNA software packages e.g. Geneious, while programming experience with Linux and R is advantageous
   
Text: Research Assistant - Plant Pathogen Interactions Job No: CURTIN725 Location: Bentley, Perth Employment Status: Fixed term, Full time No. of Vacancies: 1 Closing Date: 31 Aug 2019 Research Assistant - Plant Pathogen Interactions Job No: CURTIN725 Location: Bentley, Perth Centre for Crop and Disease Management, School of Molecular Life Science Fixed term, full time until 22 June 2022 $64,182 - $67,507 (GO4) plus 17% Superannuation 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 This position is 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 This rare opportunity is to support a dynamic team of researchers to substantially improve yield stability for Australian grain growers through the adoption and use of resistant varieties. You will work under the supervision of researchers, and undertake a variety of research support tasks which may include a mix of administrative, experimental and technical duties. Click here to view the Position Description and the CCDM strategic plan 2019 - 2022 This position will be based at Bentley Campus, Perth, Western Australia embedded with the School of Molecular Life Sciences. The position will involve engaging with collaborators and industry partners, and developing research objectives and methodology. You will bring to the role Completion of a relevant qualification with demonstrated knowledge of basic experimental and research techniques relevant to the position Demonstrated experience working in a laboratory environment Demonstrated organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise tasks Demonstrated well-developed numeracy and validation skills, and a methodical approach to tasks, including handling large data sets Demonstrated effectiveness in both written and oral communication skills demonstrating appropriate confidentiality and cross-cultural sensitivity Demonstrated ability to work autonomously as well as effectively as part of a team Full Australian driver’s license (this role requires fieldwork activities) Experience growing plants and working with fungal pathogens is desirable Familiarity with DNA software packages e.g. Geneious, while programming experience with Linux and R is advantageous 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 Interactions with and learnings from industry, government and academic partners 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. 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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