Research Assistant

Updated: about 4 hours ago
Location: Adelaide, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Deadline: 24 Jul 2017

  • Prestigious international university
  • Wide range of employee benefits
  • Work with precision to undertake a range of laboratory and winery experiments

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global wellbeing.

University of Adelaide employees enjoy a range of benefits and favourable work conditions that include opportunities for career development and advancement. 

The Faculty of Sciences is one of five faculties at the University of Adelaide. As the first university in Australia to grant degrees in science (1882), science has long been at the cornerstone of the institution and this continues today. As a research and education leader in fields such as agriculture, food & wine, animal & veterinary sciences, biological sciences, and physical sciences, the Faculty offers an exciting and innovative work environment.

The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine is embedded in the Faculty of Sciences. The school is located at the University's Waite campus, the pre-eminent agricultural and wine science research site in the Southern Hemisphere. The School offers academic programs in food and nutrition science, applied biology, agricultural science, viticulture and oenology and plant biotechnology. The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine has world-class expertise and facilities in human nutrition, agricultural and plant sciences, plant breeding, viticulture and oenology and biochemistry. The School is home to a range of research centres and works closely with a number of co-located partners including CSIRO (Agriculture, Land & Food), South Australian Research & Development Institute and Australian Wine Research Institute, as well as the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute.

The Research Assistant will work closely with AWRI staff on a Wine Australia funded project as part of a research team investigating the effects of glutathione addition during winemaking on subsequent wine composition and quality. The successful applicant will be expected to work with precision to undertake a range of laboratory and winery experiments, prepare and analyse samples, operate analytical instruments and conduct method development, purify and characterise compounds, analyse data and report on outcomes.

Salary: (HEO4) $59,735 - $65,704 per annum.

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 17% may apply

Term of position: This fixed-term contract is available immediately for 3 years

Position requirements

To be successful you should have:

  • Demonstrated skills in chemical experimentation, including relevant knowledge of analytical chemistry techniques and instruments.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct laboratory and/or winery experiments.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and analyse data to inform decision making processes.
  • Excellent communication skills, as evidenced through report writing and delivery of oral presentations.
  • Bachelor of Science majoring in chemistry (or related discipline), or an equivalent combination of education/training/experience.

Please address and upload your responses to the selection criteria / 'Knowledge and Experience' section of the position description within the online application. If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact Dr David Jeffery, Associate Professor in Wine Science, telephone 08 8313 6649 or email:

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Closing date: Monday 24 July 2017

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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