Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Macquarie University


September 26, 2022



We are seeking a qualified postdoctoral fellow to investigate bee diseases and pollination ecology as part of a Hort Innovation Australia project within the School of Natural Sciences at Macquarie University.


  • Academic Level A position for a fixed term of 36 months

  • Work with leading academics and researchers

  • Competitive salary with 17% super

  • The Role

    We are seeking a qualified postdoctoral fellow to investigate bee diseases and pollination ecology as part of a Hort Innovation Australia project within the School of Natural Sciences at Macquarie University.

    The successful candidate will work closely with Dr Ponton, Dr Narendra and colleagues at the School of Natural Sciences. As a postdoctoral fellow you will conduct independent research to develop and implement probiotics to increase resistance of the European honeybee to bacterial and fungal diseases. You will be responsible for isolating and culturing different strains and will have opportunities to measure the efficiency of probiotics.

    About Us

    The School of Natural Sciences at Macquarie University was established on 1 January 2022 through the amalgamation of the Departments of Biological Sciences, Molecular Sciences, and Earth and Environmental Sciences. The School is the largest in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and is a vibrant community of educators, researchers and students working across a wide range of biological, biomolecular, biomedical, chemical, environmental and geoscience disciplines.

    In Macquarie's Faculty of Science and Engineering you will join passionate researchers and educators blazing new trails in the spirit of discovery and exploration. Encouraged to think boldly, and supported by some of Australia's most outstanding facilities, brilliant minds converge in our faculty to create incredible new possibilities: the world's first attempt to synthesize complex life, the creation of Wi-Fi, the discovery of dancing dwarf galaxies, and the development of blue LED light. Inspired by challenge and opportunity, we look forward to welcoming you as we imagine a new future together.

    To Apply

    To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV, the names and contact details of at least two references, and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria.

    Essential Criteria

  • PhD in Biological sciences or a closely related field

  • Evidence of emerging track record evidenced by research outputs including high quality publications.

  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills and to foster relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders

  • A strong understanding of bee ecology and pollination biology

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research independently and effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team.

  • Experience in supervising postgraduate students is considered favourably

  • Desirable Criteria

  • Understanding of microbiological skills

  • Good knowledge of insect immunity and nutrition.

  • Salary package: Level A Step 6 (PhD) from $97,621 to $104,622 per annum, plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

    Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term for a period of 36 months with potential for extension.

    Enquiries: Dr Fleur Ponton, Senior Lecturer at School of Natural Sciences:

    Macquarie University's goal is to increase the proportion of women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and diverse peoples of all backgrounds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) roles. Applications are considered holistically, and candidates are encouraged to apply even if they may not feel strong on every individual selection criterion. For more information, please visit our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion page https: //

    If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

    Applications Close:

    26/09/2022 11:59 PM

    Equity & Diversity Statement

    At Macquarie University, we are committed to providing a working environment where each individual is valued, respected and supported to progress. Our priority is to ensure culture, policies and processes are truly inclusive and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity, gender, culture, disability, LGBTIQA+ identities, family and caring responsibilities, age, or religion. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria and shares Macquarie University's values of scholarship, empowerment and integrity to apply.

    Learn more about our progress towards Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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