Principal Research Fellow/Professorial Research Fellow in Legume Genomics

Principal Research Fellow/Professorial Research Fellow in Legume Genomics

Job Description


Job Title: Principal Research Fellow/Professorial Research Fellow in Legume Genomics                                                
Accountable to:

Qld Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Responsible for University of Queensland
Appointment: 1 July 2021

Location St Lucia
Overview of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI):

QAAFI is a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ) which was established in 2010 and comprises of four research centres – the Centre for Crop Science, the Centre for Horticultural Science, the Centre for Animal Science and the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences.

QAAFI's team of 450 researchers, postgraduate students and support staff undertake high impact science for agriculture and food industries. The institute’s strong partnership with the Queensland Government provides our researchers with a direct link to the agriculture industry in Queensland, and world class field research facilities throughout Queensland. Agriculture is one of UQ’s highest ranked research fields nationally and internationally and QAAFI is a global leader in agricultural research in subtropical and tropical production systems.

Overview of the project:

The Centre for Crop Science is seeking to appoint an outstanding Professorial Research Fellow or Principal Research Fellow to shape, expand, coordinate and execute the research on legume genomics for tropical and subtropical crops.

This position will be key in leading our strategic agenda to develop new initiatives in legume genomics, in collaboration with multiple stakeholders both locally and internationally. As a research focused academic at level E or level D the incumbent is expected to demonstrate outstanding leadership in guiding the development of others, major funding initiatives and intellectual leadership beyond their specific areas of research.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop an independent and/or team research program including external funding, and achieve national and international recognition in legume genetics and genomics.
  • Develop an ongoing program of discovery, applied and contract research in legume crop genomics.
  • Contribute as a chief investigator to collaborations which yield new insights and opportunities, and have an international reputation for quality and impact of work through publication.
  • Obtain and successfully manage external competitive research grants, and consistently lead successful applications for external competitive research funding.
  • Drive the development of opportunities for the application of knowledge beyond the specific research area to create an environment of cross collaboration between disciplines.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.


In addition to holding a PhD in the area of plant genetics and genomics; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or training/education, the successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • Expert knowledge in legume crop genomics.
  • An ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote the discipline area at a university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies.
  • National and international recognition in the area of expertise and a strong record of publications in reputed refereed journals and conferences.
  • An excellent record of supervision of Honours and Research Higher Degree students to successful completion.
  • Ability to lead strategic research agendas and research teams, with an outstanding record of successfully seeking, obtaining and managing significant external research funding from institutional and commercial sources.

For a full list of duties and selection criteria, please see the attached booklet.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to


Application Process

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing the relevant Selection Criteria (outlined in attached booklet), and
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

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