Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Microbiomes of Plant Pathology, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will focus on research related to plant pathology and environmental (plant and soil) microbiomes and their response to biotic and abiotic stressors. The overall project seeks to (a) develop understanding of the links between soil/ plant microbiome and diseases expression in crops and how this is modified by other biotic and abiotic stresses, and (b) to develop microbial solutions for plant diseases using plant/ soil microbiome approaches. 

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will conduct research examining fundamental processes of plant disease expression, including the role of soil and plant microbiomes and how management practices (including microbial inoculation) impact disease incidence and the consequences for crop productivity and environmental quality. The project will use a range of analytical procedures including state-of-the-art next-generation sequencing, soil and plant health measures to characterise how these variables are impacted by native and introduced microbiomes. 

The position holder will have expertise in the broad areas of field and laboratory experiments linked to microbiome activities or plant pathology and be able to analyse data from next-generation (amplicon and shotgun) sequencing. 

The position holder will be expected to participate in training relevant to the position, liaise with industrial partners and communicate project findings via journal publications and presentations at scientific conferences and to non-scientific audiences. Opportunity will exist to contribute to the Institute’s teaching effort at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including opportunities for mentoring or supervising Higher Degree Research students. 

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Application deadline is May 19th, 2019.