Postdoctoral Research Associate (Plant-Soil Interactions)


University of Sydney


Camperdown, NSW

Salary etc:

$95,000 - $98,000 p.a. + 17.0% super. (Level A). Fixed-term, Full-time.



  • Full time 3 years fixed term, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.
  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to research in plant-soil interactions.
  • Base Salary Level A $95K - $98K p.a. + 17% superannuation.

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a project relating to Plant-soil interactions. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Associate Professor Charles Warren. The successful candidate will take a leading role as postdoctoral fellow in the Australian Research Council Discovery Project entitled 'The critical role of rhizosheath biophysics in plant water availability.' The project will use experimental manipulations to uncover how plants alter the biophysical processes in the rhizosheath to improve root-zone water availability. We will leverage soil metabolomics, biophysics and microbial ecology to uncover the function of root-induced changes of pore geometry, exudates and microbial communities. The position will rely on integration of skills in microbial ecology, biophysics and imaging. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to carry experiments through to completion, including for peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Undertake research in plant-soil interactions.
  • Publish research papers.
  • Demonstrate research excellence.
  • Assist with grant writing.
  • Support supervision of postgraduate students.

The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) brings together researchers in the life, earth and environmental sciences to improve teaching and build new infrastructure to support and enhance capacity in research and teaching. It is a large School divided into three Research and Teaching Themes.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • A PhD (or near completion) in biogeochemistry/soil science/soil ecology or another closely related scientific discipline.
  • Proven research ability, and evidence of self-motivation and research potential in soil biophysics, biogeochemistry and analytical techniques for dissecting rhizosphere processes (e.g. 2D/3D imaging and image analysis, metabolomics, isotope labeling, metagenomics).
  • Proven ability to design appropriate experiments to address the underlying research question, as well as experience in setting up field and laboratory experiments.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision.
  • The ability and a willingness to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research within a related area through published research in refereed journals.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

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