Research Scientist - Crop Disease Resistance

CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
Job Location
Canberra ACT 2911
AUD92K - AUD100K

Salary PLUS up to 15.4% employer contributed superannuation (pension fund)

Job Description

• Build collaborative networks with national and international research bodies

• Coordinate and manage experiments in the lab, glasshouse and field

• Produce high quality scientific papers suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals

The position:

The role of Research Scientist staff in CSIRO is to conduct innovative research leading to scientific achievements that are aligned with CSIRO's strategies.  CSIRO Agriculture and Food currently have an opportunity for a suitably qualified and experienced Research Scientist in Crop Disease Resistance.

In this role you will undertake research to develop and establish resistance gene enrichment strategies to fast track cloning of seedling and adult plant rust resistance genes in winter cereals.  You will also provide leadership in ongoing resistance gene cloning studies in wheat. Active engagement with international institutions to provide a global context relevant to rust research for the Australian grains industry, will be an important focus of this role.  Travelling regularly to Cobbitty field sites, you will plan, plant and evaluate rust epidemics in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Plant Breeding Institute – Cobbitty.  Central to your research activities will be the use of your project management skills to coordinate laboratory and glasshouse experiments in Canberra, as well as undertaking field rust evaluations at the Plant Breeding Institute. 

Foster collaborative relationships and grow your professional networks. Jointly supervise PhD candidates with Australian Universities engaged in winter cereal-pathogen interaction studies.  Enquiries from applicants seeking part time work are encouraged and will be considered case-by-case.

Location:     Crace (Canberra) Australian Capital Territory
Salary:         AU $92K to AU $100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:       Indefinite
Ref No.:       30181

Applications close Thursday 26 January, 2017 (11:59pm AEDT)



  1. Education/Qualifications:  A doctorate and at least three years of relevant research experience in molecular genetics of disease resistance.

  2. Communication:  Strong written and oral communication skills including the ability to publish research results, prepare reports and present the results of scientific investigations at national and international conferences and stakeholder meetings.

  3. Publications:  A solid record of publication in quality, peer reviewed journals.

  4. Behaviours:  A history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes in a collaborative environment.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated experience in cloning disease resistance genes from large plant genomes (such as  Triticeae species or polyploid species)

  2. Demonstrated experience in developing mutants and characterisation of cereal rust response phenotypes

  3. Experience in exome capture techniques based on resistance gene enrichment and bioinformatics analysis in mutational genomics.

  4. Experience in cereal rust-pathogen interactions in Australia and international context  

  5. The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, and carry out independent individual research, to achieve organisational goals.

    Desirable Criteria:

  1. Ability to supervise Postdocs, PhD students and provide training to technical staff.

  2. Experience in advanced recombinant DNA techniques and genetic mapping.

How to Apply

Go to and click on the ‘Position Details’ link below for more information on this unique opportunity. 

Please apply by uploading one document which incorporates the latest version of your CV plus a covering letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role (uploaded under “Resume/Cover Letter”).

Applications close Thursday 26 January, 2017 (11:59pm AEDT)

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