Research Fellow, Microbial Carrier

at Griffith University

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable. We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation. The Australian Rivers Institute bring this to life by undertaking world class multi-disciplinary research on waterways throughout Australia and internationally.

The opportunity

We are currently looking for a passionate and dedicated Research Fellow to be responsible for undertaking an exciting, multiple-disciplinary research project - rhizobial carriers and symbiotic nitrogen fixation in agricultural ecosystems. This role will involve developing and accessing alternative rhizobial carriers for enhancing biological nitrogen fixation and improving soil performance. The Research Fellow will work collaboratively with other team members as well as external stakeholders and partners (researchers, agronomist and farmers). This role includes undertaking both laboratory experiment and glasshouse trials. This is a fixed term (12 months), full-time position based at the Nathan campus.

About you

The successful applicant will have a PhD or equivalent qualifications/work experience in Material Science (e.g., biopolymers), Microbiology, Soil Science, or relevant field. You will have demonstrated research experience in examining the critical surface properties (physical, chemical and biological) of microbial carrier materials using advanced chemical and spectral approaches, including a publication record. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to conduct collaborative research in multidisciplinary and/or multi-institutional teams.

Salary range

Research Fellow, Grade 1: $83,510 - $86,579 per annum plus superannuation.

How to apply

Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria in the position description
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include:
  • Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
  • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
  • Employment history, including present position and details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience;
  • Research interests and list of publications;
  • Research grants awarded and any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services etc.

Obtain the position description by clicking on the Apply button. You will be redirected to the Griffith University job search page where you will be able to access the position description. Note: Application attachments should be saved as .doc, .docx or .pdf only. File names should be no more than 25 characters long and should include letters and numbers only.

What we offer

Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that spans six campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world. At Griffith University, we've worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people. Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

For further information about this role, please contact Professor Chengrong Chen, Australian Rivers Institute on +61 (0) 7 373 57494. For application queries, please contact Busra Sevimli, HR Officer on +61 (0) 7 373 57359.

Closing date: Monday 1 April 2019 at 5 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online. Please note: We do not accept unsolicited CV's from Recruitment agencies / third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV's sent directly to Line Managers.

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