Laboratory Manager - Wedell Lab
Job no: 0056601
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of BioSciences
Salary: UOM 5 – $98,402 - $106,519 p.a. plus 17% super
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About the School of BioSciences
The School of BioSciences was formed in 2015 through the amalgamation of
the School of Botany and the Departments of Genetics and Zoology, thus
bringing together a critical mass of 160 Academic staff and 240 Research
Higher Degree students undertaking world class teaching and research in the
biological sciences. Academics within the School are aligned to four research
clusters: Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Science; Genetics, Genomics and
Development; Plant Science and Computational Biology. Through cross-
disciplinary collaborations within the School and with external partners, the
School is a major recipient of grant and contract funding.
The School is a major contributor to the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of
Biomedical Science and the Environmental Science programs, its teaching
program reflecting the research interests within the School.
About the Role
The Lab Manager will be involved in research activities in the lab as
needed in collaboration with Professor Wedell and students and postdocs.
Research activities include helping to maintain insect populations, including
experimental evolution fly populations. This involves food preparation,
cleaning of plastic and glassware and undertaking extensive sample preparation
required for subsequent molecular analyses, and basic measurements of flies in
growth chamber conditions.
As part of the Wedell Lab, the appointee to this position will play a pivotal
role in supporting the insect work and in leading and managing the overall
safety and operations of the lab. The appointee will be responsible for all
aspects of the laboratory operation, including instrumentation and equipment,
insect maintenance, all administration of researchers, students and visitors,
and supplies to ensure the smooth operation of the laboratory.
This project aims to develop new approaches to mitigate resistance evolution
by applying sexual selection theory to predict evolution of insecticide
resistance in flies. A key assumption of current agriculture management
strategies is that resistance carries fecundity or survival costs, but this is
rarely demonstrated, especially in nature. Not all resistance mutations are
novel; many represent pre-existing variants maintained by balancing selection
i.e. opposing effects in males and females, or by environmental fluctuations.
This research will provide new insight into how resistance evolves and is
maintained in natural populations and may result in potential reduction in
pesticide use with associated economic and biodiversity benefits.
Ensure the efficient and effective operation of the Wedell laboratory in
the School of BioSciences
Write and manage field permits for the collection of insects from the
field in Australian states as needed
Independently undertake experimental research and analyse data
Manage the financial operations of the Wedell laboratory with the guidance
of the Lead Academic
You will an interest and significant experience in biological data analysis
and presentation, including experience with the R programming language and
well-developed statistical skills. You will possess outstanding communication
skills and the ability to disseminate information to a broad range of
audiences such as researchers, community groups and government departments.
You will also have:
A degree in a relevant discipline and/or equivalent mix of education and
relevant significant experience in the management of insect evolutionary
Significant experience with Drosophila evolutionary ecology research
Experience managing small teams of staff and students
To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone,
this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with
Children Check .
About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading
universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to
research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.
Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be
part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:
Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural
Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness
and cultural clubs
Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards
and Qantas Club
Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff
and their immediate families
To find out more, visit https: // about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/staff-benefits.
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each
person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First
Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages,
with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are
encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the
community in which we live.
If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application
including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the
selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.
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Advertised: 26 Jul 2022 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 23 Aug 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time