Postdoctoral Research Fellow (A) -School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

Job no: 513507
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Level A, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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Level A ($75,888-$102,040) per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation

36 Months fixed-term contract

Full time

The School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, seek to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to a CRCP (Cooperative Research Centres Projects) funded project on no- and low-alcohol (NOLO) wines. This project aims to produce, market and sell NOLO wines that exceed consumer expectations through co-operative research between industry stakeholders (from across the supply chain) and academia. The appointment will be for the term of the research project which is three years.

We invite applications for a Post-doctoral position to lead the Bioengineering Pillar of the CRCP project. The successful candidate is a self-motivated individual, who is willing to conduct quantitative and qualitative research to (a) identify and evaluate microorganisms and biological compounds to increase microbial stability of no- and low-alcohol (NOLO) wines, (b) evaluate microorganisms and enzymes that can increase flavour in these products during primary fermentation and/or after dealcoholisation, and (c) evaluate processes and microorganisms that can contribute to reduce wine acidity in NOLO wines.

The role will also comprise project management, fieldwork, domestic and international travel, collaboration with the project stakeholders, co-supervision of research students and/or technical staff, workshop participation, and preparation of reports and peer-reviewed publications. Given the multidisciplinary scope of the project, the successful candidate needs to be able to interact with other researchers and technical staff in the areas of oenology, sensory science, and wine marketing.

The position is based at the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, one of several Schools in the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology, at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide. The Waite campus hosts a world-class concentration of scientific research, education, and product conferring capability, with appropriate infrastructure and resources.


To be successful you will need:

1. PhD in microbiology, viticulture and oenology, food microbiology, or other relevant discipline

2. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of molecular biology

3. Demonstrated ability to work independently under broad direction, to manage a research project and work effectively with multi-disciplinary research teams

4. Excellent skills in written and oral communication to a range of audiences, and peer-reviewed publications

5. Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and complete reports and manuscripts in a timely manner

6. Evidence of supervisory skills with a preference for those with experience supervising Honours, Masters and/or PhD students

7. Willingness and ability to work across several participant organisations (including regional and interstate), potentially requiring periods


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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.

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. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

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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How to Apply

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

***Applications close 11:55pm, Wednesday 6th March 2024***

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr. Cristian Varela

School, Agriculture, Food & Wine



The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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