First listed on: 30 April 2019

Research Scientist - Plant Phenomics

The Opportunity

  • Are you experienced in the application of phenotyping technology?
  • Lead a team to develop and validate next generation high-throughput phenotyping tools
  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s premier science & technology research organisation

As the successful candidate you will be leading a team that is responsible for developing and validating next generation high-throughput phenotyping tools for breeding, broad-acre farming and horticultural crop research.

Plant phenotyping is a rapidly emerging research area concerned with quantitative measurement of the structural and functional properties of plants. It is motivated by concerns over global food security and the need to double food production by 2050. As part of this role you will be allocated 80% to the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre (HRPPC), a world-class plant analysis facility located at CSIRO Black Mountain Science and Innovation Park in Canberra. The centre which is part of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Network for Australia provides a set of tools for Australian and International Plant Scientists to explore plant gene function and develop higher-yielding crops better suited to current and future environmental challenges. The centre exploits recent advances in robotics, imaging and computing to enable sensitive, high throughput analyses to be made of plant growth and function.

Your duties will include

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Engage in fundamental Phenomics research by incorporating novel phenomics approaches to scientific investigations for applications in breeding, horticulture and agricultural systems.
  • Design and conduct experiments for the evaluation of new phenotyping technologies and validation of novel traits derived using these technologies.
  • Lead, coach and manage a multi-disciplinary team by providing a positive team-working environment characterised by science excellence, creativity, innovation and flexibility.
  • Oversee a portfolio of phenotyping capability and coordinate the delivery of services and new phenotyping technologies to users of the facility.
  • Direct the development of method for the phenotyping of key traits in broad-acre and horticultural crops.

Location: Black Mountain, ACT
Salary: $97,000 to $105,000 plus up to 15.4% Superannuation 
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 59810
To be successful you will need 
Essential Criteria:

  • A doctorate and/or minimum 5 years equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline area, such as remote sensing or plant physiology.
  • Demonstrated experience in the application of phenotyping technology to the measurement of physiological and morphological traits in plants and crops.
  • Demonstrated experience with field and controlled-environment based phenotyping in view of providing expert advice on best practice and methods to deliver exceptional services to clients of a National Facility.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing, coaching and leading a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team to achieve organisational goals.
  • A record of science innovation and creativity plus the ability to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations.
  • Evidence of customer engagement skills and relationship management that grows new science opportunities and supports commercial outcomes

Special Requirement:

  • This role requires travel to conduct experiments in the field.  The applicant must be available to travel for periods of up to four nights. A drivers licence and experience in driving is also desirable.  There may also be international travel therefore a valid passport is required.

For details about who to contact and for more information please view Position Description
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Applications Close 
Tuesday 28 May 2019

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