The Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development &
Innovation is seeking qualified applicants for a Chemist/Chemical
Ecologist position to be based in Brisbane, Australia. The position is
temporary on a five-year contract basis, and at the level of Senior
Scientist (Salary range, AU$72017 - $77584 per annum depending on
qualifications and experience).
Position description and details of how to apply for this position are
attached. For further details and to apply online go to:
Deadline for applications is 1 June 2009
Please contact Dr Simon Lawson (simon.lawson(a)dpi.qld.gov.au) for further
This is a team-based role working collaboratively with or leading other
research scientists across a number of plant, insect and fungal
specialisations to develop agricultural or forestry pest management
system products that will significantly benefit primary industries in
The key responsibilities required of this job are:
* Develop clear long-term objectives for semiochemical-related pest
management system R&D through negotiation within DPI&F and with industry
and other stakeholders on a national level.
* Develop links with other chemical ecology laboratories and researchers
internationally to maximise collaborative opportunities and fully
exploit the expertise available in specific semiochemistries.
* Provide quality input and leadership in the conception, development
and management of collaborative research project proposals in the areas
of semiochemistry and novel pest management system development.
* Manage projects efficiently through the preparation and monitoring of
financial, staff and asset usage budgets, and the adoption of new
techniques and methodologies that maximise system profitability and
* Create a working environment, which encourages the sharing and
effective utilisation of complementary knowledge and skills within
multidisciplinary project teams.
* Supervise professional, technical and support staff in
multidisciplinary teams or work independently as required.
Key skills, knowledge and experience required to undertake this job are:
(Applicant, please note these are the criteria for assessment of your
1. Extensive knowledge of plant, insect and fungal and a demonstrated
ability to recognise opportunities to exploit these systems for the
development of novel approaches to pest management.
2. Extensive knowledge of agricultural and forestry production systems,
processing technologies and markets worldwide, and appreciation of key
issues influencing these industries into the future.
3. Knowledge of analytical chemistry and chemical ecology research and
4. Demonstrated ability to develop and lead R&D projects on an industry
wide scale and to negotiate objectives and deliver outcomes that advance
5. Ability to successfully negotiate strategic agreements with managers,
research agencies, commercial partners and industry.
6. Well-developed written and oral communication skills to deliver
research results and project outcomes to a wide range of clients and
7. Demonstrated ability to prepare and publish key scientific
publications in the area of chemistry and chemical ecology
Mandatory Qualification required to do this job is:
Possession of a degree in science, applied science, or equivalent
qualifications in a field relevant to the position.
Dr Simon Lawson
Team Leader Forest Health
Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries
Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
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An M.S. assistantship in forest entomology is available at the State University of New York, Environmental and Forest Science in Syracuse NY. The proposed research involves deploying and monitoring sentinel logs for evidence of parasitism by native parasitoids of Sirex noctilio larvae, the invasive European wood wasp, in stands with low vs high densities of S. noctilio as well as documenting stand variables associated with S. noctilio densities and parasitism rates.
Information on our lab and research can be found at: http://www.esf.edu/EFB/faculty/fierke.htm
Inquiries are welcome for more information on this specific project, other potential projects in our lab, and graduate school in the SUNY-ESF Environmental and Forest Biology department.
Melissa K. Fierke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Forest Entomology
Department of Environmental & Forest Biology
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
146 Illick Hall, 1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 470-6809
Fax: (315) 470-6934
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