Postdoctoral Research Associate - Fresh Produce Safety

The University of Sydney - Industrial Transformation Training Centre, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment

Reference No. 1426/0816 

  • Full-time fixed term for three years
  • Up to three positions available
  • Remuneration package: $104k (consisting of a base salary $88k with leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation). Visa sponsorship nomination may be available if required. 

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students. 

The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment  has established an ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ARC ITTC) jointly funded by the Australian Research Council, the fresh food industry, and the University of Sydney. The purpose of the Centre is to enhance the capacity and skills of researchers and students to significantly advance the safety of fruit and vegetables produced in Australia and New Zealand. 

The Postdoctoral Associate will provide scientific food safety expertise in one or more of the following: microbiology of food borne illness, molecular biology, modelling or field management of food safety. This training centre will educate a new generation of food safety scientists able to foster innovation within the fresh produce sector. Key to the success of ITTC will be to engage with industry and to enhance competitive research in collaboration between universities and organisations outside the higher education sector. 

In this role you will be expected to: 

  • contribute effectively in all aspects of a broad-ranging, collaborative, industrially-oriented research program, aimed at addressing a range of food safety issues with significant commercial and operational impacts
  • provide clear leadership and coordination across your particular field of research
  • manage the day-to-day operations of several (up to 3) focused research projects; this will include postgraduate student training and supervision leading in each case to the attainment of a PhD
  • coordinate the preparation and publication of high-quality conference and journal papers
  • assist senior management in the preparation of competitive grant applications in line with the longer term aspirations of the Centre
  • liaise closely with each of the collaborating companies in their research area; as noted, it is anticipated that this will involve approximately 30% of the time
  • ensure that all aspects of the research program are conducted according to WHS regulations. 

The position is full-time fixed term for three years subject to satisfactory completion of a confirmation period for new appointees. Further offers may be available subject to funding, need and performance. 

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

Closing Date: 11:30pm 6 November 2016 (Sydney Time) 

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged. 

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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