Manager, Sensing Services for Digital Agriculture

Job no: 512507
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: HEO10, Management

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  • The Manager, Sensing Services for Digital Agriculture will be appointed until 30 June 2028, with the possibility of an extension.
  • Whilst employed by the University of Adelaide, the location of the role may be negotiated.
  • (HEO10) salary per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

An outstanding opportunity exists for an experienced project manager with a service-oriented and collaborative team spirit to lead the establishment of novel digital sensing and field phenotyping infrastructure and services across the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF), a Commonwealth funded National Research Infrastructure network, comprised of partner nodes in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, the ACT, New South Wales and Queensland, to provide access to cutting-edge research infrastructure and expertise in plant phenomics in controlled environments and in the field.

The Manager, Sensing Services for Digital Agriculture will be an experienced team leader and an exceptional communicator, able to unite APPF Nodes to develop and implement a strategy for all APPF field phenotyping services, including the rollout of APPF’s new mobile phenotyping fleet, field sites and network of continental observation units.

Reporting to the APPF CEO, the Manager, Sensing Services for Digital Agriculture will lead APPF’s Field Phenotyping Expert Working Group and will work in close collaboration with APPF Nodes, National Head Office, research community, agriculture industry and other stakeholders ensuring APPF field phenotyping infrastructure and services deliver fit for purpose National Research Infrastructure to help researchers and industry tackle some of the biggest challenges for agriculture of our time.

To be successful you will need:

  • PhD or equivalent experience in remote sensing, plant science, agricultural science, agricultural engineering, or in a senior project management / leadership role in a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic projects and procedures.
  • Significant experience with image-based plant phenotyping, remote sensing of plants, or other image-based structure characterisation.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and leading a service-oriented interdisciplinary team to improve performance, establish a harmonious working environment and maintain an outcome-based focus.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with the research community and industry and understand their needs and drivers.
  • Ability to optimise the use of novel research infrastructure to maximise high-quality research output, undertaking of pilot studies and implementation of workflows.
  • High quality interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to effectively engage with internal and external collaborators and other stakeholders, including the delivery of presentations and reports to a range of audiences.

Providing state-of-the-art phenotyping tools and expertise

Established in 2009, the APPF was developed with funding from the Australian Government under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) to develop a globally collaborative plant phenomics capability that provides leadership in infrastructure, skills and service for agricultural research and industry to maximise the productivity in Australia’s unique and variable environment. Confirmed Commonwealth funding and significant co-investments from other parties will underpin APPF’s expansion and Strategic Plan 2023-2028.

The APPF provides access to cutting-edge research infrastructure and expertise in plant phenomics to facilitate innovative research projects. The collaborative nature of the facility helps accelerate knowledge transfer, increases cross-disciplinary collaboration and promotes data sharing to help academic and commercial plant scientists understand the relate the performance of plants to their genetic make-up.

The nodes of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility are strategically located across Australia’s varying climate regions and leading research and development capabilities for grains, plant breeding, soil science, viticulture, horticulture and natural resource management.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

As a member of Australia’s Go8, the University of Adelaide is recognised as one of the nation’s most respected research-intensive universities, challenging and inspiring graduates to make a real difference.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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For further information

To learn more about this critical position and for a confidential discussion, please contact:

Richard Dickmann

Applications will close at 11.55PM (AEDT) Monday 18 December 2023

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. 


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