Research Officer, Molecular Parasitology

University of Melbourne


February 7, 2022


Research Officer, Molecular Parasitology

Job no: 0054793

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Department/School: School of Biomedical Sciences

Salary: $75,289 - $102,163 (Level A)

Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 17% super

The University of Melbourne is Australia's #1 university and 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.

About the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Bio21 Institute The Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology is located in the Bio21 Institute. The department has exceptionally strong discipline strengths across the molecular sciences, understanding disease mechanisms, translational research and drug discovery, and hosts some of the leading technology/analytical platforms in the country.

About the Role The McConville laboratory is interested in identifying metabolic processes in parasitic protists that are essential for virulence and potential drug targets. This position will utilise newly developed CRISPR/Cas9 tools to disrupt key metabolic genes and pathways in Leishmania parasites and a range of biochemical and high content screening approaches to functionally define the biochemical and virulence phenotype of mutant lines.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are able to:

  • Work independently on funded research projects in the McConville laboratory as well as contribute collaboratively to other projects in a research team.
  • Provide intellectual leadership in the Leishmania global metabolism research project.
  • Be involved in the preparation of manuscripts and oral presentations as well as co-supervision of research students.
  • Identify sources of funding to support individual or collaborative projects, relating to research and engagement practice in the discipline.
  • This position offers the opportunity to develop as an independent researcher, with the host lab and department having a strong emphasis on mentorship and career development.

    About You The position is suitable for an individual with strong undergraduate and Honours/MSc degree in biochemistry/cell biology/microbiology and a PhD in a related discipline (or near completion of PhD). You should have strong technical and organizational skills, be able to work independently as well as collegially within in a large research group, and be highly engaged in the technical and intellectual advancement of the project.

    You should have:

  • Experience with molecular and cell biology techniques, such as CRISPR/Cas9, cloning of transfected lines, mammalian/protist cell culture, and fluorescence microscopy
  • Experience in broad range of biochemistry techniques (protein expression, purification, enzymology)
  • Authorship on at least one peer-reviewed publication (or equivalent)
  • Benefits of Working with Us In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave options
  • 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, please visit https: //

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    We recognise that our employees are at the core of all our successes and achievements. We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. We promote inclusive behaviour, and we actively seek to learn from each other. Indigenous Australians are strongly encouraged to apply for our roles.

    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://

    Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

    Advertised: 10 Jan 2022 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 07 Feb 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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