Postdoc position at Australian Tropical Herbarium ~

31 de mayo de 2011

Postdoc position at Australian Tropical Herbarium

We are currently inviting applications for a new post doc position (DNA
barcoding and molecular systematics of Australian orchids) at the Australian
Tropical Herbarium in Cairns. This is a 2.5 year position funded by an ABRS
grant. Job description and further details below and at
Closing date: 17 June 2011

With kind regards,
Katharina Schulte and Darren Crayn

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW: Australian Tropical Herbarium
Job Level(s): Academic A
Employment Type: Appointment will be full-time for a fixed-term (specific
project) to 30 November 2013 subject to a probationary period.
Salary: $65,902 - $73,082 per annum. Commencing salary will be in
accordance with qualifications and experience. Benefits include generous
employer superannuation contribution and attractive options for salary
Location: Cairns
Closing Date: 17 June 2011
Reference No: 11123

Position Statement
The Australian Tropical Herbarium (ATH) seeks an outstanding and highly
motivated postdoctoral researcher with expertise in plant molecular
systematics to join our dynamic research team. You will develop
molecular identification tools (DNA-barcodes) for Australian
Orchidaceae, generate and analyse multi-locus DNA data employing a
variety of established and innovative approaches, and contribute to
understanding the phylogeny, evolution and biogeographic history of
Australian orchids. Your expertise in the collection and analysis of
molecular and morphological data will lead to high impact research
outcomes. The ATH offers an unrivalled specimen collection (herbarium,
spirit and DNA) of Australian tropical rainforest plants, full taxonomic
research and field facilities including a comprehensively equipped
molecular biology laboratory, and is situated adjacent to a range of
tropical biomes including the World Heritage listed Queensland Wet
Tropics rainforests. Visit us at

Duties and Accountabilities
The appointee will be required to:
• Develop a molecular identification system for Australian Orchidaceae based on suitable plastid and nuclear DNA regions (i.e. DNA barcoding);
• Generate and analyse multi-locus DNA barcode data employing a variety of established and where appropriate innovative approaches and methods;
• Contribute to a collaborative research project that aims to re-evaluate current taxonomic concepts in Australian Orchidaceae based on multi-locus molecular evidence and to unravel the phylogeny, evolution and biogeographic history of Australian orchid groups;
• Take responsibility for the curation of generated DNA barcode data and associated biological collections such as DNA, tissue, and databases at the Australian Tropical Herbarium, and for making the DNA barcode data publicly available through online portals;
• Communicate the results of research and analyses orally and in
written form to colleagues, industry, the scientific research community
and other stakeholders.

Key Selection Criteria
1. PhD (conferred or pending) and documented research and publication
history in plant molecular systematics;
2. Demonstrated expertise in relevant molecular biology lab techniques,
such as primer design, sequencing of plastid and nuclear DNA markers,
and cloning;
3. Evidence of high level of computing skills including phylogenetic
analysis and multivariate analysis;
4. Demonstrated flexible and constructive approach to work design and
work procedures, especially in the molecular lab;
5. Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary taxonomic concepts and
processes, including the use of phenotypic and genotypic data;
6. Demonstrated ability to efficiently organize and conduct a research
project including timely reporting on research milestones and
outcomes, and maintaining a research budget;
7. Demonstrated ability and commitment to publish the results of
scientific research in high quality scientific print and electronic
media within agreed timeframes; evidence of high level written, oral
and interpersonal communication skills to diverse audience;
8. Ability to work effectively as a member of a team, to interact and
communicate effectively with staff, stakeholders and clients at
all levels;
9. Ability to undertake field work in tropical ecosystems.

Desirable Selection Criteria
1. Expert knowledge in systematics and phylogeny of Orchidaceae;
2. Experience in DNA barcoding;
3. Competence and experience in the curation of biological research
collections such as DNA or tissue banks, including databasing;
4. High level bioinformatics skills and experience.

Name: Dr Katharina Schulte
Phone: (07) 4059 5009

Method of Application
Applicants must provide a full statement of qualifications and career,
a statement systematically addressing the Selection Criteria, a completed
Summary Application Form, the name and addresses of three persons who have
consented to act as referees and address it to the Recruitment Officer,
Human Resources Management. The application may be lodged electronically
by using the on-line facility at the JCU website. Alternatively the
application may be emailed to or mailed to the
Recruitment Officer, Human Resources Management, James Cook University,
Townsville Qld 4811. The University reserves the right to appoint by
invitation, invite applications or not to make an appointment. Equal
Opportunity is University Policy.

Dr. Katharina Schulte

CSIRO/JCU Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Australian Tropical Herbarium (CNS)

Phone: +61 (0)7 4042-1759

Sir Robert Norman Building (E2),
James Cook University, Cairns Campus, PO Box 6811,
Cairns QLD 4870

Sir Robert Norman Building (E2),
James Cook University, Cairns Campus, McGregor Road,
Smithfield Qld 4878

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