Research Fellow - Biometry - Data scientists, statisticians (Agriculture)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime

About Us

The Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) at Curtin University brings together expertise in biometry, bioinformatics and data science, together with agribusiness, actuarial science, geographical information systems, farming systems and plant pathology. We have strong industry and academic partnerships and focus on research to overcome key challenges in the broadacre crop production industry.

The Analytics for the Australian Grains Industry (AAGI) program is a strategic partnership between the GRDC, Curtin University - CCDM, University of Adelaide and University of Queensland.  Together, we develop and apply advanced biometry, data science and methodologies to the design and analysis of complex experiments and field trials.  We provide training workshops and mentorships for researchers and are engaged in intensive computing for a broad range of applications including genetics, ‘omics, phenotyping, earth observation and many other forms of high dimension data.  AAGI provides academic input to a broad range of GRDC investments and also undertakes its own research and development including training of HDR students. 

AAGI provides a unique inclusive collegial environment for scientist interested in biometry and data analytics, enabling and encouraging everyone to develop their full potential and supporting group members with mentorships, professional development opportunities and on the job training.

To find out more about the CCDM, please visit our website:

Your new role

This position will contribute to the activities conducted nationally by the AAGI program – with a focus on statistics and biometry. The successful applicant will provide advice and support to researchers and collaborators concerning experimental design and statistical methodologies as applied to plant research (from laboratory to field), agricultural sciences, spatial statistics and genetics. Responsibilities also include developing code and using statistical software to manage and analyse data, contributing to the drafting and dissemination of research results, supervising junior research staff, report writing, participating in consulting meetings and other reasonable duties commensurate with the classification level.

We are looking for someone with the following key capabilities:

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline such as Applied Statistics, Mathematics, Bioinformatics, and/or Computational Genetics, Data Science.
  • A demonstrated track record in experimental design and statistical analysis of experimental data.
  • An established publication track record in relevant fields.
  • Candidates with experience in data visualisation and supercomputing expertise are encouraged to apply.
  • Commitment to working effectively within team environments – with a preference for candidates with experience in working within multi-disciplinary teams.

Why choose Curtin?

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus also includes an art gallery, gym, childcare, medical centre, and endless food options.

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Next steps

To apply, please complete the online application form via the link below, noting we cannot accept resumes sent to the below email address.

Please provide a cover letter, CV/resume and a brief statement against the key capabilities (outlined above) to allow us to assess your suitability for the role. 

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Mark Gibberd – [email protected]

Applications close: 4.30 pm on Friday, 14th June 2024

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3, 1)

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued, and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection, and appointment processes.

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