The ANU College of Science (CoS) comprises: the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Research School of Physics and Engineering, and the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will help lead an ARC Discovery Project funded project within the Synthetic Photosynthesis laboratory of Professor Spencer Whitney at the Research School of Biology. The project seeks to enhance the performance of the CO2-fixing enzyme Rubisco whose inefficient activity often limits plant growth. This project makes use of new synthetic biology capabilities to (1) artificially evolve Rubisco in the laboratory and select for new versions with dramatic improvements in carboxylation activity and (2) introduce these beneficial changes into crop Rubisco via chloroplast transformation and nuclear gene editing. The position requires someone with experience in enzyme engineering, knowledge of protein directed evolution, skill in plant transformation and interest in student supervision. In their role as an Academic Level A the Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to: 1. Undertake independent research in the area of protein engineering and plant transformation with a view to publishing original and innovative results in refereed journals, present research at academic seminars and at national and international conferences, and collaborate with other researchers at a national level. This includes working as part of a team on an externally funded project subject to deadlines. 2. Collaborate with senior staff to actively seek and secure external funding, assist to prepare and submit research proposals to external funding bodies as appropriate. 3. Subject to the requirements of the funding source and where an opportunity exists, the occupant may be required to contribute to the teaching activities of the School at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This includes, but is not limited to, the preparation and delivery of lectures and tutorials, the preparation of online material, marking and assessment, consultations, and with students or acting as subject coordinators. 4. Supervise students working on individual or group projects at undergraduate, honours, graduate-coursework levels. Assist with supervision of research students. 5. Assist to supervise research support staff in your research area. 6. Actively contribute to all aspects of the operation of the School. 7. Assist in outreach activities including to prospective students, research institutes, industry, government, the media and the general public. 8. Maintain high academic standards in all education, research and administration endeavours. 9. Take responsibility for their own workplace health and safety and not willfully place at risk the health and safety of another person in the workplace. 10. A demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context. 11. Other duties as required that are consistent with the classification of the position.
A Level A academic will work with the support and guidance from more senior academic staff and is expected to develop their expertise in teaching and research with an increasing degree of autonomy. A Level A academic will normally have completed four years of tertiary study or equivalent qualifications and experience and may be required to hold a relevant higher degree. A Level A academic will normally contribute to teaching at the institution, at a level appropriate to the skills and experience of the staff member, engage in scholarly, research and/or professional activities appropriate to their profession or discipline, and undertake administration primarily relating to their activities at the institution. The contribution to teaching of Level A academics will be primarily at undergraduate and graduate diploma level. SELECTION CRITERIA: 1. A PhD (or awarding of a PhD within six months of appointment commencement) in biochemistry, plant biology or equivalent qualifications and experience in a related area, with a track record of independent research in protein engineering, plant transformation and/or the field of photosynthesis as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. 2. Evidence of experience in biotechnology research that is relevant to some or all of the following areas: enzyme kinetics, plant transformation, photosynthesis. Specific research experience in chloroplast transformation, gene editing, plant tissue culture and protein directed evolution would be an advantage but is not essential. 3. An ability and commitment to contribute to bids for competitive external funding to support individual and collaborative research activities. 4. Evidence of an ability and willingness to teach at all levels. 5. The ability to assist in the supervision of students working on research projects. 6. The ability to work as part of a team and to meet deadlines. 7. Excellent oral and written English language skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with a variety of staff and students in a cross-disciplinary academic environment and to foster respectful and productive working relationships with staff, students and colleagues at all levels. 8. A demonstrated understanding of equal opportunity principles and policies and a commitment to their application in a university context.
Classification: Academic Level A Salary package: $73,309 - $92,015 per annum plus 17% superannuation Terms: Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funded) - Join a world-leading research team seeking to develop solutions to improve crop productivity using new synthetic biology capabilities to ramp up the rates of photosynthetic carbon assimilation. - Great opportunity for an early-stage postdoctoral fellow looking for experience in student supervision and research project management.
Canberra, ACT In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents: - A statement addressing the selection criteria. - A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form. - Other documents, if required. Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position. Please note: The successful applicant must have the rights to live and work in this country and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. For more information about the position, please contact Professor Spencer Whitney, T: (02) 6125 5073 or E: [email protected] Applications close: 23 Apr 2021 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time