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The Australian National University

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional

Classification: Level A

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $77,097 - $88,446 plus 17% superannuation contributions
Type of Employment: Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funding) Funding currently available for 3 years

  • Apply your skills and knowledge in plant biochemistry to clarify the molecular mechanisms of disease susceptibility induced by the necrotrophic effectors ToxA, Tox3 and Tox1
  • Join a focused team in a flexible work environment with an attractive remuneration package

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. 

This position will be a part of the Wheat Biosecurity Laboratory based within the Division of Plant Sciences, Research School of Biology and is funded by the ARC DP18 titled The Functional Characterisation of a Novel Immune Response in Plants.

Position Overview

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the Wheat Biosecurity Laboratory (led by Associate Professor Peter Solomon) conducting research to improve the current $600 to $900 million dollars loss incurred by Australian growers each year.  Wheat diseases are responsible for up to 20% in yield losses and we hope to improve our understanding of how pathogens inflict disease. 

The position will primarily undertake research to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of disease susceptibility induced by the necrotrophic effectors ToxA, Tox3 and Tox1. Research to date has identified a number of key protein interactions as being important for effector function and if successful, you will contribute to dissecting these interactions in the context of disease development.

While not critical, it would be desirable if you had experience in protein purification and Golden Gate cloning techniques with a background in plant pathogen interactions.

ANU offers an attractive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary packaging arrangements, which include on campus childcare.

ANU is an inaugural member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot Program that aims to address gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).  

For any enquiries, please contact Associate Professor Peter Solomon T: +61 2 6125 3952 E:

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.



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