Senior Technical Officer Horticulture

The University of Adelaide
February 14, 2024
Offerd Salary:$77,409 - $86,072
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Contract Type:24 months fixed term
Working Time:Full time
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(HEO5) $77,409 - $86,072 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

24 months fixed term contract- With the possibility of extension

Full time opportunity

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) was established in 2009 under the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to develop a globally collaborative plant phenomics capability that provides leadership in infrastructure, skills and service for agricultural research and industry to maximise the productivity in Australia's unique and variable environment.

Based out of the beautiful Waite Campus, this is a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Technical Officer, Horticulture to assist in the preparation and management of high-throughput phenotyping experiments, programming of phenotyping infrastructure, maintenance of plant growth (including in PC2 and biosecurity areas), pest management, waste disposal and cleaning, stock monitoring and maintaining accurate records. The role will liaise with researchers and facility users to establish project requirements, address queries, and provide project updates as needed.

To be successful you will need:

  • Demonstrated experience in plant growth maintenance in a greenhouse, laboratory, or research environment.
  • Demonstrated high-level verbal and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build effective relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders through the provision of technical support.
  • Demonstrated high-level organisational and technical skills, including a strong ability to prioritise, give excellent attention to detail and manage a high volume of tasks efficiently and accurately.
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and promptly follow up on queries, or seek out information or assistance, as needed.
  • Experience in, or ability to learn how to operate and program complex infrastructure and instrumentation.
  • Experience and training in regulatory compliance in a plant research facility would be highly regarded.
  • Qualification/s:

  • Tertiary qualifications in horticulture, plant science, science with relevant experience; or
  • Extensive experience in greenhouse and plant maintenance in a research environment; or
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.
  • Enjoy an outstanding career environment

    The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

    It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

    Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

    We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

    In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and access to campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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    How to Apply

    Click on the ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description.

    Applications close 11:55pm, Wednesday 14th February

    For further information

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Kerry Bormann

    Business Manager – The Plant Accelerator

    P: +61 (8) 8313 6432 E: [email protected]

    The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified

    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.


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