Two faculty positions in the Division of Plant Sciences,Research School of Biology, Australian National University College of Sciences, Canberra/ACT

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Two faculty positions in the Division of Plant Sciences
Research School of Biology
ANU College of Sciences

Salary: Level B $96,087 - $109,181 per annum plus 17% superannuation; Level C $115,729 - $128,825 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Applications close: 12 Feb 2018 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time 

The ANU has been a global leader in plant science research for 50 years. Research in the Division of Plant Sciences (DPS) – one of three divisions in the Research School of Biology (RSB) –  spans translation of genomic sequences and its encoded information to whole-of-system characteristics of plant form and function. We embrace opportunities that link fundamental research with translation outcomes and are a leading centre for training of the next generation of plant biologists.  Our research is underpinned by world-class equipment, infrastructure and support staff, and funded by an extensive range of external grants (including two Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence in the plant sciences) and a block grant from the Australian Government.  DPS is home to the most recent winner of the prestigious Kyoto Prize

To sustain and grow the scale and impact of our research and teaching, we seek to make two new continuing or fixed term (with a pathway to continuing) appointments to complement and build on our research strengths in one each in the following themes:

  • Plant Microbe Interactions (PMI)
  • Photosynthesis & Energy Biology (P&E)

Both themes are made up of strong and vibrant groups, and attract considerable external funding; the successful applicants would complement and extend existing strengths. For the PMI position, the successful candidate will be appointed at either Academic Level B (equivalent to Lecturer) or Academic Level C (equivalent to Senior Lecturer or Assistant Professor); we seek a plant biologist with interests in plant-microbe interactions, particularly in areas related to plant cell biology, protein interactions, genomics or synthetic biology of plant-microbe interactions.  For the P&E post, the successful candidate will be appointed at Academic Level C (equivalent to Senior Lecturer or Assistant Professor); we seek candidates with interests in photosynthesis/energy and chloroplast biology, with experience in chemical genetics, computational biology, protein engineering, protein structural biology, metabolism, molecular whole-plant physiology or genetics.  Outstanding candidates in other related areas are also encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will have received their PhD (or equivalent) no more than 15 years before the time of their appointment, taking into account career interruptions and non-traditional career paths.

The successful applicants will be, or have the potential to become, world-class researcher leaders in respective fields, and have their own strong, independent research programs funded by external grants while also being open to collaboration with existing staff. Their research and teaching will reflect the latest theoretical, quantitative and experimental advances in their field. The successful applicants will also have a clear commitment to teaching excellence.  We will only appoint people who are collaborative, collegial and community minded, and accessible to colleagues, research students and undergraduates, and keen to be engaged in the workings of the school. 


ANU has committed to the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN Charter, and we expect that at least one of the candidates appointed will be a woman. 

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender.  The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on For information about staff equity at ANU, visit

For further information please contact 
Professor Owen Atkin, 
Head, Division of Plant Sciences,