Research Officer

Curtin University
Fremantle & Southern Suburbs
Education & Training
Full Time
Posted 27d ago
Job Reference: 737341
About us

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM)
The Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) at Curtin University launched in April 2014 as a co-investment between the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Curtin University. The CCDM is a major investment in research training, crop disease-focussed research activity and infrastructure. The Centre includes a new high quality research facility at Curtin, used for research and development to sustainably reduce the impact of important grain pathogens and ultimately, to provide solutions to reduce the impact of diseases on farm business resilience. The Centre’s activities integrate molecular sciences with field- based agronomy to generate new avenues to breed disease resistant germplasm and to assist farmers to sustainably utilise a full range of disease control options. The CCDM has three themes of activity with several projects in each theme. There is strong interdisciplinary collaboration within the Centre and active collaboration with leading national and international scientists.
About the role
Research at the CCDM looks for solutions to fungal diseases for use by crop breeders. Fungicides are widely used to protect crops from pathogens, but their longevity, biotransformation and behaviour in different species is understudied and fungicides are often used prophylactically without knowing if they provided the assumed protection. You will use and maintain WA’s first OrbiTrap Exploris 120 to examine the in planta longevity, biotransformation, movement, and distribution of agrochemicals. You will also support and collaborate in other projects able to employ the capabilities of the mass spectrometer; it is highly sensitive and ideally suited to small molecules and peptides up to 10 amino acids with samples that are not limited.
In this role you will  
  • Assist a dynamic team of researchers to quantify fungicides within plant extracts
  • Find biotransformed agrochemical derivatives and participate in characterising these by MS/MS
  • Be the gatekeeper and trainer for local users of the OrbiTrap Exploris 120
  • Communicate with a broad scientific team including proteins biochemists, organic synthetic chemists, plant pathologists, geneticists and bioinformaticians
  • Support staff and students in aspects mass spectrometry
We are looking for someone with  
  • A MSc or Honours degree in a relevant discipline (biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology
  • A background in mass spectrometry and familiarity with mass spectrometers.
  • Experience in quantitative mass spectrometry.
  • Experience in chemical characterisation by mass spectrometry.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate.
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication.
  • Advanced MS/MS instrument experience (e.g. QC or ability to perform routine maintenance) – desired.
  • Post-graduate organic chemistry experience – desired
  • Familiarity with PC2 and quarantine laboratory procedures – desired.
Why choose Curtin? 
  • State of the art offices and agile working.
  • A flexible benefits package with excellent superannuation provisions.
  • Wellness is part of our culture, and we encourage positive lifestyle choices through a range of activities and initiatives.
  • Curtin continues to be a leader in reconciliation in the Higher Education sector, being one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevate RAP - the highest level within Reconciliation Australia’s Workplace RAP Framework.
  • The University has recently been named as one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 by the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA)
  • A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
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Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process please advise in your cover letter.

Applications close: 10:00pm AWST, Friday 6th August 2021

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on

If you would like to speak to a technical specialist please contact Josh Mylne on
Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:
  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2022).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).

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