Professor of Dryland Agriculture

University of Adelaide



To enhance our research excellence, the University of Adelaide is investing in new elite academic talent and a new role of Professor of Dryland Agriculture has been created to provide academic and research leadership in the field within the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine (AFW).

Your outstanding research will advance the University’s national and international leadership in the area of Dryland Agriculture.

Your commitment and engagement will promote robust interdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations across the University as well as with our external partners, to enable excellence in teaching along with research outputs that have national and international impact.

As a leader in your field, you will encourage and lead an environment of creativity and innovation in the School, building capacity in Dryland Agriculture research and expertise, and engaging with the broader academic, professional and industry community to promote and enhance the national and international profile of the University.

To be successful you will need:

  • An outstanding international record of academic distinction in crop and/or pasture dryland agricultural systems research.
  • Evidence of an inspirational leadership style that promotes a culture of engagement, collaboration, commitment and performance.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop research programs of significant scope and scale.
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently secure research funding from national competitive agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to forge meaningful external relationships with relevant stakeholders. 
  • Evidence of curriculum development and teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level. 
  • PhD in in a related discipline with extensive experience and track record in the field of Dryland Agriculture research.

Your division's broader role

The School of Agriculture, Food & Wine is one of four Schools in the Faculty of Sciences. The School represents a world-class concentration of scientific research, education and product conferring capability, with infrastructure and resources at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide.

The School is at the centre of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest collection of expertise in plant genomics, crop improvement, sustainable agriculture, soil science, dryland farming, viticulture, and oenology. Research in these areas is targeted towards achieving sustainable agricultural production for healthier and environmentally resilient outcomes; optimising the economic and nutritional value of South Australia’s clean, green food and wine products; and; assessing and overcoming current and potential environmental threats to a wide range of crops.

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Enjoy an outstanding career environment

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 and 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 cutting-edge work - not just in science, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills of our staff.

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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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria in the Role Statement. Applications close 11:55pm, 15 October 2019.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Associate Professor Christopher M. Ford

Interim Head of School, Interim Dean of Waite, Interim Director, Waite Research Institute

University of Adelaide

P: +61 (8) 8313 6713


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