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Associate Professor (REF: 493808) with University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia

Type of position Teaching & Research Academic, Tenurable appointment
Employer University of Western Australia
Description of Employer The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight and ranked among the top 100 universities (88th in the world) with a broad and balanced coverage of disciplines in the arts, sciences and major professions. UWA is one of the country’s leading research institutions as demonstrated by our Nobel Laureate and is the only WA member of the prestigious ‘Group of Eight’ research universities.For the past 100 years, UWA has contributed significantly to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of the State of Western Australia and the nation as a whole. AHRI is a GRDC funded national initiative that addresses herbicide resistance, weed control and crop agronomy.
Location Perth, Western Australia
Salary Level D $133,440 – $147,012 p.a.
Benefits Benefits include 17% superannuation, generous leave provisions and fares to Perth (if applicable) for appointee and dependents along with a relocation allowance. These and other benefits will be specified in the offer of employment.
Closing date of competition Monday 23 February 2015
Date position available TBD
Description of duties JOB DESCRIPTION:
The appointee will be a Weed Scientist/Agronomist and act as Deputy Director of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) within the School of Plant Biology. The appointee, together with the AHRI Director, will provide scientific leadership and contribute to management of the AHRI team (www.ahri.uwa.edu.au) and contribute more widely to leadership in Crop/Weed Science at UWA.

The Deputy Director will play an increasing role in fostering excellence and future directions in AHRI activities and will directly lead research areas in weed control technologies for Australian field crop production systems. The appointee will significantly contribute to crop and weed science at UWA through research, research training and coursework teaching, and to external communication and relationships to enable continuation of the national and global leadership role of AHRI in the fight against herbicide resistance. The appointee will be a teaching and research academic in the School of Plant Biology.

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop and lead an externally funded research program focused on identifying and evaluating innovative weed control technologies applicable for sustainable broadacre crop production.
  • Contribute to coursework teaching in the areas of crop and weed science.
  • Recruit and supervise PhD students in innovative weed control technologies within cropping systems, and related subject areas of weed and crop science.
  • Produce high quality scholarly publications in international, well-ranked scientific journals.
  • Communicate AHRI’s activities and knowledge to AHRI stakeholders with focus on applications of new knowledge for industry end-users.
  • Develop and nurture national and international collaborative public and private sector partnerships in the areas of herbicide resistance and weed control technologies for broadacre crop production.
  • Contribute to research leadership and management of the AHRI team and develop and maintain relationships with AHRI’s collaborating partners, with an increasing leadership role with time.
  • Foster and contribute to the AHRI communication program in outreach and training activities (meetings, workshops, symposia, e-newsletters, field days) on sustainable cropping, weed control and related areas.
  • Establish good working relationships with key farming leaders in Australia and agri-industry both nationally and internationally.
  • Other duties as required in consultation with the Head of School.
Qualifications sought
  1. Have PhD qualifications in plant science and/or agronomy, with preference for weed science and with the skills and willingness to focus on research on innovative weed control technologies.
  2. Have a strong track record for research leadership, including grant success, publications and postgraduate student supervision
  3. Have enthusiasm for university teaching, scientific communication and collaboration with the grains industry and agriculture
  4. Demonstrated ability for excellence in research, including scientific journal publications, in the areas of agronomy, weed science, crop science, or related disciplines.
  5. Ability for successful postgraduate research student supervision and coursework teaching.
  6. Demonstrated academic leadership skills and ability to effectively manage collaborations within a multi-disciplinary environment.
  7. Demonstrated organisational and communication skills, including the ability and commitment to communication of crop production systems knowledge to growers/industry and to interact with key relevant organisations (e.g. global and local corporations, GRDC, other RDCs, government agencies, universities, CSIRO, grower groups, etc).
  8. Demonstrated understanding of Health & Safety risk assessments and planning as related to the workplace, including use of agri-chemicals.
Contact for additional
Contact Dr. Stephen Powles (stephen.powles@uwa.edu.au) or the Head of the School, Dr. Tim Colmer (timothy.colmer@uwa.edu.au)
Application procedure Details to demonstrate how the applicant meets the selection criteria

Applicants with teaching experience are requested to submit a teaching portfolio as part of their application.

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