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Research Fellow in Entomology

Apply now Job no: 499387
Work type: Full time
Location: Launceston
Categories: Balanced Research/Teaching

Research Fellow in Entomology

  • Contribute to the delivery of UTAS’ agricultural science Bachelor and Postgraduate taught offerings
  • Generous benefits including salary packaging, purchase leave and discounts
  • Ongoing, full-time position located in Launceston with relocation assistance considered

About the opportunity:

The University of Tasmania’s Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Entomology to lead, develop and implement teaching and research in entomology in Tasmania. This position will be part of a diverse team that is addressing our strategic agenda to sustainably increase productivity in Tasmania’s agricultural sector. Critical to achieving this challenge is an understanding of insect pest and pollination risk mitigation in a wide variety of agricultural systems through the implementation of holistic farm management techniques including integrated pest management (IPM).

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture is part of the University’s College of Sciences and Engineering and will be headquartered at Launceston’s Newnham campus from July 1st 2024. At the Newnham campus, UTAS is investing $26 million-dollars in a new glasshouse, a multi-purpose research facility and a large space for in-ground trials including retractable roof growing areas and polytunnels. The development will be constructed in two stages commencing in early 2024.  The 1100m2 glasshouse will have an advanced level of biosecurity and be equipped with the latest technology to control carbon dioxide, humidity, and a wide temperature range.  The 1300m2 multi-purpose research facility brings a variety of functions under one roof, including seed cleaning, drying and storage, plant and soil grinding and drying, and large food grade cool rooms.

As a balanced academic (40:40:20) at Level B, you will be supported to develop funding initiatives and intellectual leadership in applied entomology. You will deliver Bachelor and Postgraduate coursework level offerings in agricultural science from Launceston.

The position will be part of the Horticulture Centre within TIA. The Horticulture Centre aspires to be the nation’s leading cool climate horticulture R, D&E (research, development & extension) provider. The Centre’s work is increasingly visible and impactful, within Tasmania, nationally and internationally. The person appointed will be expected to make a gradually increasing contribution to this profile through collaborations, conferences, publications and working with industry for impact.

What you’ll do:

  • Undertake entomology research of international standing, secure external competitive and other funding, publish research findings in high impact journals and contribute to the successful supervision of research higher degree students that meet and regularly exceed the University’s research performance expectations for a Level B academic.
  • Develop and implement TIA research initiatives in entomology focussed on insect ecology, IPM, biosecurity, crop pollination and pollinator health through industry engagement and co-design that will lead to sustainable step change in agricultural sustainability and productivity in Tasmania and the world.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links both inside the University, and externally (locally and nationally) within the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community.

What we’re looking for:

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • A proven record of, and continuing commitment to, research and industry development for impact that has achieved national recognition and made worthwhile contributions to the field of entomology.
  • Knowledge of agricultural production systems, crop protection including biological control, insect taxonomy and data analytics.
  • Experience in undergraduate teaching, including unit design and delivery using blended learning technologies.
  • A record of contributing to building and maintaining effective and productive links locally and nationally with the discipline, profession, industry (where relevant) and wider community.

Salary details

Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level B and will have a total remuneration package of up to $147,083 comprising base salary within the range of $108,285 to $125,712 plus 17% superannuation.

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How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide your CV and a 2-page cover letter outlining your interest in the role, skills, capabilities and experience relevant to the success criteria.
  • For further information about this position, please contact Nigel Swarts, Horticulture Centre Leader, 0422 538 554
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.
  • Please refer to the attached Position Description Below for full details.

Download File Position Description - Research Fellow in Entomology - 499387.pdf

Applications close Sunday 17 December 2023, 11.55pm 

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