Research Fellow in Protected Cropping

University of Queensland Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Professorial Research Fellow in Protected Cropping

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Area:Qld Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level E ($185,422.18 - $185,422.18)

Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term

Location: St Lucia

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) 

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (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. QAAFI scientists are driven to make a difference to the agriculture and food industries and have over 150 collaborators worldwide.

Details of the research interests of the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s website:

Centre for Horticultural Science

The Centre for Horticultural Science delivers improvements to productivity, profitability and sustainability of horticulture industries. Our world-class researchers drive innovation and industry adoption to increase the competitiveness of Australia’s horticultural industries globally.

We work in close collaboration with government, industry and growers to boost innovation, productivity and economic growth.

About This Opportunity

The Centre for Horticultural Science is seeking to appoint an outstanding Professorial Research Fellow to shape, expand, coordinate and execute the research on protected horticulture for tropical and subtropical crops.

This position will be key in leading our strategic agenda to develop new initiatives in protected horticulture, in collaboration with multiple stakeholders both locally and internationally.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and lead significant and strategic UQ led initiatives on protected horticulture for tropical and subtropical crops that yield new insights and opportunities in strong engagement with industry, government and broader disciplinary areas.
  • Initiate and lead major funding initiatives in the field of protected horticulture, acting as the Chief Investigator in applications for external research funding, which includes actively seeking, obtaining and managing research funding.
  • Maintain a record of international recognition and leadership by publishing in high quality national and international research journals, other appropriate refereed publications and conference publications.
  • Represent the Centre, Institute and UQ as required, and therefore act as a theme leader within the area of protected horticulture for tropical and subtropical crops.
  • Mentor and support early to mid-career research academics for success and participate in developing education and training programmes in protected cropping.

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. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

Alongside the completion of a PhD in a relevant discipline area, the successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of protected horticulture.
  • Excellent skills in the independent design, acquiring, management, execution and reporting of research projects.
  • Success in leading a research program.
  • A distinguished record of contribution to research in protected horticulture. Thorough knowledge of plant physiological processes, interaction with (greenhouse) climate and the technical design of cultivation systems.
  • An international reputation and a wide range of relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutes, partners and stakeholders.

For a full list of duties and selection criteria, please see the attached booklet.

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

A full-time, fixed-term appointment for five years at Research Academic Level E will be offered to the successful applicant. Flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

The full-time equivalent base salary for a Level E Research Academic will be $185,422 plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be up to $216,943. A competitive remuneration package may be negotiated with the successful candidate.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap 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 ProtectedCropping_AppointmentBooklet.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Neena Mitter, Director of the Centre for Horticultural Science. 

For application queries, please contact stating UQJob number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

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

  • Cover letter (addressing the selection criteria in the attached booklet, no more than 2-3 pages)  
  • 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: 02 Oct 2020

Applications close: 02 Nov 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time