School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability
Analytics for the Australian Grains Industry (AAGI)
Lead role in developing crop physiological analytics solutions
Academic Level A until end of 2027
Based at St Lucia Campus
As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.
As part of our commitment to research excellence, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and post-fellowship contracts via our UQ Amplify initiative.
At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. Not only do we have one of the largest PhD enrolments in Australia, but we have also made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.
About This Opportunity
The grains industry has a gross value of > $30 billion per year produced from sowing 25 M ha of crops and is a major export industry for Australia. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) uses grower levies to fund more than 800 research, development and extension (RD&E) investments worth $177 million (2022-23). UQ co-invests in grains research including via a new initiative, Analytics for the Australian Grains Industry (AAGI) which involves researchers and students from the Schools of Agriculture and Food Sustainability, Maths and Physics, and Electronic Engineering and Computer Science as well as from QAAFI (Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation – co-funded by the Queensland Government).
AAGI is a five-year strategic partnership across UQ, Curtin University, and the University of Adelaide that is aimed at harnessing analytics to drive the sector's profitability and global impact. AAGI gives Australian growers an opportunity to be world leaders in analytics-driven decision making to drive efficiency and precision and support farm enterprise risk management. AAGI at UQ provides an exciting environment for researchers to focus their efforts on developing their expertise and emerging research profile in their discipline.
This is a fixed-term position for up to 4 years. This postdoctoral fellowship position based in the School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability will play a lead role in developing crop physiological analytics solutions related to utilisation of phenomics and crop modelling to provide new insights in how crops respond when challenged by abiotic stresses such as frost, heat and drought. In addition to AAGI, this position will service research needs of other UQ and GRDC supported projects.
Key responsibilities will include:
Provide high quality teaching and support into UQ subjects aligned with the opportunity
Deliver into educational short courses in topics aligned with the opportunity to upskill researchers in the Australian grains industry
Produce quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing or exhibiting in high quality fora.
Work collaboratively with AAGI, UQ and grains industry colleagues to deliver research, analytical support and teaching activities
Provide analytical support for research projects supported by AAGI and which are aligned with the expertise of the applicant
Contribute to transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to colleagues and to researchers within the Australian grains industry
Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies
Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students
On an as-needs basis:
Provide feedback, coaching, and professional development to others in the research teams, including to Service and Support of AAGI investments
Manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures
Work to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise, in accordance with University policy and procedures.
Demonstrate citizenship and leadership behaviours that align to the UQ values.
Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.
Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.
Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.
Develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with the grains industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.
This is a research-focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ's Criteria for Academic Performance.
This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position until end of 2027.
At Academic level A. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $75,808.68 - $100,926.59, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $88,696.16 - $118,084.11 annually.
The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.
Completion or near completion of a PhD in the discipline area
Experience in the area of crop physiology or closely related topics with deep understanding of crop physiological principles and their use in research
Experience in cross-disciplinary applications of data analytics in crop physiology, environment characterisation, and utilisation of phenomics methods
Experience in use of crop simulation models and remote sensing in interpretation of multi-site field experiments in breeding and/or agronomy
Advanced skills in computer programming for data manipulation and analysis methods including multi-dimensional analytics of large datasets
An emerging profile in research in applications in applying analytics to crop experiments, with experience in utilising phenomics and environmental data to interpret crop performance and adaptation to different environmental conditions
Demonstrated success in collaboration in interdisciplinary team-work environments
Evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.
Evidence of capacity to develop and deliver educational or training materials
Demonstrated experience in successful supervision of undergraduate and/or higher degree research projects.
In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:
For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Scott Chapman. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.
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Responses to the ‘About You' section
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Applications close February 18th 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-34574).