Postdoctoral Research Fellow (A) (with PhD)

The University of Adelaide
June 12, 2024
Offerd Salary:$75,888-$102,040
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Contract Type:fixed term position
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Level A, $75,888-$102,040 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation.

Full time, fixed term position until 31 December 2025

The University of Adelaide is seeking a dynamic individual with expertise in fields of biological, biochemical or bioprocess engineering. It is a fantastic opportunity for an early career researcher to an interdisciplinary research team of scientists and contribute to the development of novel biomolecules for various applications. You will also supervise and provide training for RHD students.

Our new state of the art laboratory will enable high quality research to be conducted to meet the next generation of challenges like the development of novel biomolecules for specific binding to particles, for stimuli-responsive properties. It will also be equipped to work on aspects of biomolecular engineering, protein expression and purification. The candidate will be encouraged to use their initiative and develop their own research programme to meet the challenges of the future. Additionally, the candidate will contribute to co-supervise RHD students.

The main responsibility of this position is to design functional biomolecules for binding to particles and investigate their interaction with different systems. Experience in the areas including protein design, construct design, plasmid and primer design, protein is essential. Experience in supervision of postgraduate students would be advantageous. Using excellent communication and project management skills the candidate will be expected to help develop multi-disciplinary research activities across the University and internationally. Collaboration with key stakeholders internally and external to the University is a key component of the role and the candidate will be expected to achieve key outcomes on a multidisciplinary scale within the school, broader university community and external partners within industry and government agencies.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD in biochemistry, protein chemistry, molecular biology or related fields.
  • Knowledge and skills in molecular biology, cloning technologies, PCR, plasmid and primer design
  • Experience in expressing recombinant proteins in various hosts such as E. coli, insect cells, and experience in protein purification by various chromatographic techniques including but not limited to IMAC, IEC, HIC, SEC etc
  • Experience in establishing protein assay techniques and investigating the interactions between biomolecules with targets
  • Demonstrated track record of high quality research related to protein engineering, biomolecular design, construct design, plasmid and primer design, and evidence of writing and publishing research articles in high- impact journals.
  • Experience in liaising and collaborating with external agencies, and excellent verbal and written communication skills, and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
  • Desirable:

  • Experience in molecular dynamic modelling
  • Experience in interfacial chemistry, colloids and interface science including foaming technology or particle technology, biomolecule-particle interactions
  • Experience in leading a project and co-supervising students.
  • 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 a vast scope and opportunity for a long, 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 work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

    Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

    We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

    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 have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

    Click on the ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

    Applications close 11:55pm, 12 June 2024.

    The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

    For further information

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Professor Chun-Xia Zhao Professor, Bioprocess Engineering E: [email protected] P: +61 8 8313 5454

    You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

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