Research Fellow in Applied Entomology

at Macquarie University
Location North Ryde, NSW, Australia
Date Posted June 12, 2022
Category Academic and University Positions
Job Type Full-time
Closing Date 24/06/2022
Salary $95,706 - $102,570 per annum, plus 17% employer's superannuation
Reference Number R000007458
Contact Name Professor Phil Taylor



• Salary Package: Level A, Step 6 (PhD) from $95,706 - $102,570 per annum, plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
• Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term until 10th May 2024.
• Macquarie University (North Ryde) location



Applied BioSciences at Macquarie University is seeking to recruit a dynamic and enthusiastic Research Fellow to join a team working on Hort Innovation project FF17001 “Post-production pilot of Queensland fruit fly sterile insect technique”. In this role, you will conduct research that aims to increase the cost-effectiveness of sterile insect technique by refining and developing economical alternatives to current standard operational practises. The overarching goal of this work is to increase the suitability of sterile insect technique as a regional and local pest suppression tool, including under management of local industries and communities. You will work closely with regional industry and community stakeholders, and liaise with relevant state and national agencies.


Key Responsibilities include:

  • Use diverse tools and approaches to refine sterile insect technique production and operational practises, with emphasis on area wide integrated pest management,
  • Engage in research that enhances the efficacy or availability of tools and procedures for the management of Queensland fruit fly,
  • Collaborate with researchers across a range of disciplines,
  • Liaise with representatives of affected industries and communities,
  • Liaise with state and national research and regulatory agencies,
  • Publish and present research in scientific journals and conferences,
  • Draw on professional expertise, knowledge of other disciplines and research experience, recognise opportunities for innovation to pursue new approaches.


About You

You will have completed a PhD in Biological Sciences, Entomology or a closely related discipline and have an excellent track record of innovative thought and research outputs in Applied Entomology. You will have significant experience with experimental biology, and an interest in translating biological knowledge to impactful applications for the benefit of primary industries. Coupled with your research background and successful record of publications in quality journals, you will possess excellent communication skills across platforms and audiences. You will have strong self-awareness and an ability to working collaboratively and effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team with focus on end-user outcomes. You will have a good understanding of project management in a research context and have interest in engaging with and building effective relationships and linkages with industry and community partners, as well as state and national government agencies.


About Us:

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 55 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

Applied BioSciences is translating biological knowledge into impactful innovations through collaboration and strategic partnerships. Scientific discovery – be it during our studies or working in industry or at a university – comes from a deep understanding of the fundamentals as well as from creativity in translating fundamental knowledge to impactful solutions to local and global challenges. We believe that creativity, commitment and collaboration are the keys to success. We are not afraid to tackle the big issues and stand at the forefront of sustainable change and innovation.


Selection Criteria:

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV and a separate cover letter (maximum 3 pages) demonstrating how you meet the following selection criteria (1 – 2 paragraphs per criteria). Please use specific examples of how you meet these:


Essential Criteria

  • PhD in Biological science, Entomology or a closely related discipline and a track record of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated track record of carrying out impactful Applied Entomology research evidenced by research outputs including high quality publications
  • A record of innovation and creativity, plus the ability and willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations and operational practises.
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communications skills, including the ability to build, develop and foster relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders (e.g. Research students, Industry partners and Community stakeholders)
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently on research and also contribute as a productive member of a research group.


Desirable Criteria

  • Understanding of the fundamentals and operations of sterile insect technique
  • Experience in fruit fly research
  • Driver Licence and the ability and willingness to travel


Enquiries:  Professor Phil Taylor, Head of Department, Applied BioSciences


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