Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow in Crop Genetics

University of Queensland

Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow in Crop Genetics

Job No:510212

Area:Qld Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) 

QAAFI is a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ) which was established in 2010 and comprises of four research centres – the Centre for Crop Science, the Centre for Horticultural Science, the Centre for Animal Science and the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences.

QAAFI's team of 450 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff undertake high impact science for agriculture and food industries. The institute’s strong partnership with the Queensland Government provides our researchers with a direct link to the agriculture industry in Queensland, and world class field research facilities throughout Queensland. Agriculture is one of UQ’s highest ranked research fields nationally and internationally and QAAFI is a global leader in agricultural research in subtropical and tropical production systems.

 About This Opportunity

You will develop a coherent research program focused on crop breeding and quantitative genetics, supporting the improvement of durable disease resistance in a major crop. You’ll develop new strategies for the discovery and utilisation of novel sources of disease resistance and other important traits, in combination with reproductive strategies to reduce crop breeding cycles in order to accelerate the rate of genetic gain.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre.

Our Ideal Candidate

Along with a PhD in area related to crop genetics, you will have an emerging profile conducting research in the area of plant pathology and mapping quantitative disease resistance. You will have experience planning, designing and running glasshouse and field trials, including the generation of new germplasm through designed crossing schemes.

You will hold evidence of publications in reputed refereed journals, have experience presenting at conferences and have contributed toward successfully obtaining external research funding.

Additionally, at Level B, you will have a growing record of supervising Honours and RHD students to successful completion. At Level B, practical experience with developing new germplasm through designed crossing schemes and/or a strong background in coding and scripting languages, such as R or Python would be desirable.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term (three year) position. This appointment will be made at either Academic Research Level A or B, depending on experience:

  • At Academic level A, the base salary will be in the range $83,672 - $92,782, plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be in the range $97,844 - $108,555.
  • At Academic level B, the base salary will be in the range $97,590- $115,888, plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be in the range $114,181 - $135,590.

 You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 510212_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_Research Fellow.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Kai Voss-Fels.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Statement addressing key selection criteria
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 07 May 2020

Applications close: 04 Jun 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time