Research Assistant Job at The University of Queensland in St Lucia QLD

Job Description

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

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 web site at http://www.qaafi.uq.edu.au

About This Opportunity

The Hy-Gain project (Hy-Gain), funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a multi-party international research project comprising of seven world leading teams to develop a novel technology to increase seed yield and productivity in sorghum and cowpea crops for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

The primary purpose of this position is to support the research team in identifying, cloning and transforming key genetic components in cowpea and sorghum. A combination of laboratory, glasshouse, and potentially some field work will be required.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, with field research based at the Gatton Crop Research Unit.

Renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre, our St Lucia Campus is bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides. 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

To be successful, you will be able to demonstrate:
Completion of an undergraduate degree in Plant Science, Plant Biotechnology and Agricultural Science, or related field; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

Demonstrated understanding of genetic transformation and tissue culture techniques

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in a molecular biology laboratory and/or glasshouse

Responsible approach to equipment use and maintenance

Ability to rapidly learn new skills and use new technologies

Excellent organisational and problem-solving skills

Ability to prioritise own workload, work independently and meet deadlines.

Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

For a detailed list of duties and selection criteria, please refer to the attached Position Description.

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 [email protected]

What We Can Offer

We have two FTE positions available and we are open to both full time and part time applicants. This position is fixed term (12 months), with the possibility of extension, at HEW Level 5.

The base salary will be in the range $69,408- $77,306, plus super of up to 17% and recreation leave loading of 17.5%.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, 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.


To discuss this role please contact Associate Professor Brett Ferguson via [email protected]

About Company

Company: The University of Queensland

Company Location:  St Lucia QLD

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