Synthetic Peptide Polymer Chemist

Melbourne, Australia
Monday, 20 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 16 August 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Melbourne School of Engineering
Department/School: School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Salary: $73,669 - $99,964 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 9.5% super

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen MSE’s reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.

About the Department of Chemical Engineering

We are a large Department with approximately 25 teaching and research staff, 30 full time research staff and around 90 PhD students.

Academic staff have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific society, the Australian Academy of Science, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Industry Engagement is a key focus, and we carry out research projects based on deep collaborations with government and business and work with organisations that provide internship opportunities for our students.

You'll find smart people, big problems, and plenty of chances to create a real difference in the world!

The Opportunity

We are seeking a versatile and enthusiastic Research Fellow to play a meaningful role in an innovative research project, developing solutions for a global priority in health care. The successful candidate will join the Polymer Science Group in a collaboration with the Melbourne Dental School, working on the development of antimicrobial synthetic polypeptides with a range of applications in medicine.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop a new research field in the medical area and to partner with other researchers and collaborators to achieve project goals. Along with undertaking original research you will also have the opportunity to work on other projects currently being conducted.

You Will Be

An experienced synthetic chemist comfortable working with biomaterials, with basic knowledge of polymers and their relationship with bacteria. You will have demonstrated initiative with an ability to manage your research effectively and to achieve project milestones. You will use your excellent written and verbal communication skills to communicate your research findings, including for publication in scholarly journals. Your strong interpersonal skills will enable you to build and maintain relationships with partners.

You Will Have

  • A PhD Degree or equivalent in Chemical Engineering or a related field
  • Demonstrated practical skills in material/polymer synthesis and/or microbiology tests;
  • Experience in a range of spectroscopic and physical analysis techniques, including most or all of NMR, FTIR, MS, GPC, HPLC, antimicrobial assays, and bacterial growth, or a demonstrated ability to learn instrumental techniques.

What we offer you

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, child care subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the application and upload your Resume.

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Position Description

Applications close: 16 Aug 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time