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Research Assistant - Plant Pathology

Curtin University of Technology - Perth, WA

Education, Childcare & Training
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Full Job Description
$71,154 - $ 77,836 plus 17% superannuation
Fixed term, full time until 30 June 2024
Support a dynamic team of researchers
Job reference: 703897

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 co-investment between the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Curtin University. The CCDM is a major investment in both research activity and infrastructure, located on the Bentley campus. The Centre includes a high-quality research facility, used for research and development to sustainably reduce the impact of important grain diseases 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 assist farmers to understand and apply new technologies. 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 C - Canola and Pulse Diseases

This position is aligned with Theme C of the CCDM, which focuses on ascochyta blight of pulses and sclerotinia stem rot of canola and pulses. The successful candidate will support research in a new research project involving the pathogen Ascochyta rabiei which infects chickpea.

Your new role

This opportunity is to support a dynamic team of researchers to substantially improve yield stability for Australian chickpea growers. You will work independently and under the leadership of senior researchers in the Canola and Pulse Disease group, and undertake a variety of research support tasks which may include a mix of administrative, experimental and technical duties.

This position will be based at Bentley Campus, Perth, Western Australia embedded within the School of Molecular and Life Sciences. The position will involve engaging with national and international collaborators, 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 experience working in the glasshouse or plant growth chamber facility
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
Experience growing plants and working with fungal pathogens is desirable
Experience with genetic transformation of organisms is desirable
Experience with quarantine or PC2 organisms is desirable.
What we offer you

The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers exciting career paths and trajectories including:

Conducting innovative work that make 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/

Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process please advise in your cover letter.

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Applications close: Wednesday 14 April 2021, 9:00PM AWST

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:
Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).

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. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.