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Curtin University of Technology
July 31, 2024
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Job Reference: 1217930 The Centre for Crop and Disease Management The Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) at Curtin University works closely with the grains industry to reduce the burden of crop disease for Australian farmers. For almost 10 years our research discoveries have improved the genetic resistance of wheat, barley, canola and pulses providing enduring solutions for growers dealing with disease epidemics. With a large team of more than 70 research staff focused on molecular plant pathology, fungicide resistance and agronomy, CCDM's multidisciplinary approach uniquely allows us to deliver solutions more effectively than would be possible with research focused in one area. Our Cereal Diseases team works to improve the genetic resistance of oats and is funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). With a focus on Necrotrophic fungal pathogens we work to discover virulence genes within the pathogens and corresponding host susceptibility or resistance genes that are then passed onto breeding companies to breed resistant varieties. We're proud to say our discoveries so far have saved farmers hundreds of millions of dollars.

To find out more about the centre, please visit our website: https: // www. ccdm.com.au/

Your new role We have an exciting opportunity for a Post-doctoral Fellow to join the CCDM Cereal Diseases team to investigate novel sources of genetic resistance, seek to isolate the genes responsible, and research underlying mechanisms governing the host-pathogen interactions.

In this role, you will carry out research into Septoria avenea blotch (SAB) a disease affecting oats caused by necrotrophic fungal pathogens Parastagonospora avenea. Genetic mapping and resistance gene isolation via bi-parental, association or mutational approaches is a major component of the position, as well as developing reliable diagnostic genetic markers. Functional studies including gene expression, transformation and editing contribute to gene characterisation.

Communication with a broad scientific team including plant geneticists, molecular biologists, plant pathologists and bioinformaticians will make up a large part of your day-to-day activities, as well as supporting and supervising staff and students to help ensure discoveries in this field are making a significant impact.

In this role, you can expect many opportunities for professional development, with one of our Centre's three objectives revolving around improving human capacity to meet the requirements of the agriculture industry.

We are looking for someone with a PhD in a relevant discipline such as plant pathology, molecular biology or genetics. Almost got a PhD? You can still apply! If your PhD is currently under examination or for imminent submission, we still want to hear from you.

Our ideal candidate will also have:

  • Knowledge of plant genetics and/or host-microbe interactions
  • Experience in aseptic laboratory techniques and basic molecular biology methods
  • Experience in transcriptome analysis
  • Genetic, QTL and GWAS mappings
  • Good record keeping and management of large datasets
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills
  • A current Western Australian driver's licence (or equivalent)
  • Experience in use of bioinformatics tools and pipelines as they apply to plant pathology
  • Demonstrated experience in statistics and experimental design ( Desirable)
  • Experience in CRISPR techniques in plants ( Desirable)
  • A good publication record relative to career level and opportunity ( Desirable)
  • To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Dr Huyen Phan, Senior Research fellow at [email protected].

    About us CCDM is part of the Curtin School of Molecular and Life Sciences . The school, comprising of the Disciplines of Agriculture and Food, Chemistry, and Ecology, delivers outstanding education programs in these and related topics such as Agribusiness, Environmental Science, Coastal and Marine Science, and Biochemistry.

    The school strives to act as a source of independent and expert advice to industry, government, and society, and to carry out research and development with relevance to the regional community.

    To find out more about the school, please visit our website: https: // about.curtin.edu.au/learning-teaching/science-engineering/school-of- molecular-life-sciences/facilities/

    About Curtin Curtin University proudly stands among the top one percent of global universities according to the ARWU 2023 rankings. Curtin has campuses in Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, and Mauritius, and delivers courses through more than 130 partner institutions worldwide.

    We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant Bentley campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, bus station, accessible parking and endless food options including a supermarket.

    In addition, we offer a competitive remuneration and benefits package including generous superannuation and salary packaging provisions and leave entitlements.

    For more information on our university, please visit www. curtin.edu.au

    About Perth One of the world's most liveable cities, Perth offers a sunny, Mediterranean climate, natural beauty in the shape of magnificent beaches, beautiful wineries, one of the world's largest inner-city parks, and an eclectic mix of restaurants, shopping, and cultural experiences.

    Join us! Please provide a cover letter, your CV and separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

    Selection criteria:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g., life science or bioinformatics)
  • Experience in aseptic laboratory techniques and basic molecular biology methods
  • Experience in genetic and QTL and/or GWAS mappings
  • Experience in transcriptome analysis
  • Experience in big data analysis
  • Experience in use of bioinformatics tools and pipelines as they apply to plant pathology
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
  • To view a copy of the generic Academic Role Statement, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.

    https: // tinyurl.com/4363eyba

    Applications close: 31 July 2024, 4PM AWST

    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin's satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

    As this is a fixed-term contract, only in limited situations will visa sponsorship situations be considered.

    We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of diverse gender, sex and sexuality, people with disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

    If you have any queries in relation to this opportunity or the application process, please contact our careers team on [email protected] or 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1), quoting the job reference number.

    Please note, only successful applicants will be contacted.

    Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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