Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Protected Cropping

About the job

  • Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
  • Join a university ranked in the world’s top 50
  • Further your expertise in indoor farming, vertical farming
  • Develop recognition in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
  • Work at our vibrant and conveniently located St Lucia campus

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

As part of our commitment to research excellence, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and post-fellowship contracts via our UQ Amplify initiative.

At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. Not only do we have one of the largest PhD enrolments in Australia, but we have also made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

About This Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow to engage in research to further their expertise in indoor farming, vertical farming and growing their research profile to achieve international recognition in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA).

The successful candidate will oversee the development of advanced research in four major areas currently in development in the lab:

breaking the seasonality of major crops production, developing advanced solutions to grow woody crops indoor independently of weather conditions and seasons, developing Australian native crops physiological models and growing recipes and manipulating environmental parameters to maximize the production of fruits/flowers indoor.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will integrate a rapidly growing team of researchers including other Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Assistant and PhD Students and have access to UQ Plant Growth Facility on St Lucia Campus and the newly developed high-tech greenhouse facility on Gatton Campus.

Additional growing capacity may come online later in 2023 and this role will be responsible for developing a research program for it.

Working closely with UQ researchers and QAAFI’s Tissue Culture Team the Postdoctoral Fellow will develop smart solutions and accelerate the development of Indoor and vertical farming in Australia and beyond. Mentoring will be provided by Professorial Research Fellow in Protected Cropping.

At this level it is expected that you will contribute to service and engagement roles and activities and will demonstrate behaviours that align with UQ Values. You will collaborate internally and will begin to develop external links and partnerships with industry, government, professional bodies and the wider community.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Produces quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing or exhibiting in high quality outlets.
  • Participate in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities.
  • Work with colleagues in the development of joint research projects and applications for competitive research funding support.
  • Contribute to progressing towards transfer of knowledge, technology, and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.
  • Develop a coherent research program and an emerging research profile.
  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.
  • Participate in Research paper reviews and be an active member of professional associations relevant to the discipline

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term position for up to 2 years.

This is a research focused position at Academic level A. The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $74,308.68 – $99,426.59, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $86,941.16 – $116,329.11 annually.

The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You

  • Completion or near completion of a PhD in Plant Physiology, Horticultural Physiology or related disciplines.
  • An emerging profile in research in Plant Science
  • A track record of internationally published research in top tier plant and/or horticultural science journals and presenting at conferences.
  • Well-developed communication, interpersonal and consultative skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from a multidisciplinary background.
  • Evidence of contributions towards successfully obtaining external research funding.
  • Evidence of proficiency in using computer programming to develop plant models and data processing
  • Deep understanding of plant metabolism and plant response to environmental changes.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

Relocating from interstate or overseas? We may be able to support you with the visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia’s Sunshine State here.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Paul Gauthier,

For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

Other Information

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close Thursday 11th May 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number – R-24832).
Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for mid-May, with proposed start of 1 July 2023.

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