Research Officer

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Banyule, VICTORIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 16 Jun 2024

25 May 2024
Job Information

Research Field

Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

16 Jun 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description
  • Full time
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Bundoora Campus 
  • Career progression and support

About the position

The mission of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space P4S is to deliver transformative solutions for Space habitation and create enhanced plant-derived food and bioresources to for emerging domestic and global markets. P4S aims to create on-demand, zero-waste, high-efficiency plants and plant products to address grand challenges in sustainability for Space and on Earth.

The purpose of this position is to conduct fundamental research into plant biology as a member of Prof Mathew G Lewsey’s lab and of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plants for Space (P4S). Based at the La Trobe Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and Food (LISAF) in Bundoora, the appointee will investigate interactions between plant hormones and how these influence the balance between growth and defence.

This research will primarily use Arabidopsis as a model, and also tomatoes as a crop commonly grown in vertical farms and in space. The project will integrate wet-lab and computational approaches, and may include genomics, genetics, single-cell ‘omics, and high-throughput plant phenotyping. Applicants do not need to have experience in all of these disciplines, but an enthusiasm to learn new approaches and handle large datasets will be advantageous

Skills and Experience

To be considered for this position, you will have

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant discipline (plant molecular sciences, agricultural science, plant biology, bioinformatics, computational biology), and evidence of participation in higher level study relevant to discipline or professional area.
  • A record of contribution to publications, conference papers and/or reports, or professional or technical contributions which provide evidence of research potential.
  • Experience in the analysis and modelling of data, including the capacity to integrate data from a range of sources and of uneven quality.
  • Experience of molecular biology or computational biology, ideally with a focus on plant genetics or genomics.

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

Welcome to Bundoora campus – Please click on the video link below:


  • 17% employer contributed superannuation
  • On site child care facilities
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Discounts for staff and their family members to study a range of La Trobe courses

How to apply

Closing date:  By 11:55pm, Sunday 16th June 2024

Position Enquiries:   Prof Mathew G Lewsey (Node Leader, CoE Plants for Space; Node Director, APPF-LTU)

Via Email: [email protected]

Recruitment Enquiries: Lisa White Talent, Acquisition Consultant

Via email: [email protected]  

Position Description below:

 PD - Research Associate - Hormone Crosstalk.pdf

Only candidates with Full Working Rights in Australia may apply for this position.

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • Cover letter and
  • An up to date resume;
  • A separate document addressing each bullet point under the Essential Criteria ‘Skills and knowledge required for the position’, which is located in the position description.

Please scroll down to apply.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants 

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

La Trobe University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We take an intersectional approach by actively supporting and encouraging people of all backgrounds and abilities to submit an application and aim to ensure that the recruitment and employee experience is as accessible and inclusive as possible. Flexibility in interview format will be offered to shortlisted candidates.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

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