Research Fellow in Production Horticulture - Cherries

Changing the world is not simple. It takes thought, time, persistence and insight. But most of all, it takes something extraordinary. So at the University of Tasmania, we've made the pursuit of the extraordinary a never-ending commitment. It influences everything we do. The way we teach. The way we research. The way we learn. And the way we live. The School of Land and Food (SLAF) has a premier research, development, extension and education role, with strong links to key stakeholders in industry through its Joint Venture with the Tasmanian Government, the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), policy development, education and the wider community.

This research-intensive position will be based within TIA's Perennial Horticulture Centre, and will be responsible for assisting the lead researcher on a recently Department of Agriculture and Water Resources funded Rural Research and Development for Profit Cherry Project.

Cherries are a significant deciduous tree crop grown in cool temperate climates of Australia with an annual value $140M. This project will use an integrated approach to quantify plant nitrogen demand and cycling through the soil-plant-atmosphere system and develop strategies for increasing both the quantity and quality of cherry yields.

In the role you will:

  • Undertake high quality research of national and international standing in the field of tree physiology and nutrition to meet project milestones of the Rural Research and Development for Profit Cherry Project.
  • Prepare scientific papers, liaise with project partners and submit manuscripts for publication.
  • Contribute to the preparation of progress reports to agreed stakeholders, ensuring reporting obligations to grants are met and recommendations on future directions for the research are provided.
  • You will be employed on a full-time fixed-term basis for a period of 3 years.

To be considered, you will have:

  • A PhD (completed or currently enrolled) or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • Substantial demonstrated knowledge of plant physiological research in both the laboratory and field.
  • Demonstrated evidence of meeting project milestones on time and within budget.
  • Demonstrated well-developed written and oral communication skills, including publications in refereed journals.
  • Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A and will have a total remuneration package of up to $101,329 comprising base salary within the range of $64,826 - $86,606 plus 17% superannuation.

For further details check out:

For further information, contact Dr Nigel Swarts, Perennial Horticulture, / (+61)3 6226 2174.

Applications close Monday, 9 January 2016.

Hobart, TAS (Australia)