Laboratory Manager - Wedell Lab

University of Melbourne


August 23, 2022


Laboratory Manager - Wedell Lab

Job no: 0056601 Location: Parkville 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

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

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.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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
  • About You 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 studies
  • Significant experience with Drosophila evolutionary ecology research
  • Molecular expertise
  • 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 leave
  • 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: //

    Be Yourself 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.

    Join Us!

    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.

    ^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to https://

    We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

    Advertised: 26 Jul 2022 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Applications close: 23 Aug 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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