Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Microbiology

Sydney, Australia
Thursday, 1 October 2020
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 31 October 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Salary Package: Level A Step 6,from $93,830 to $100,559 p.a., plus 17% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Appointment Type:  Full-time, Fixed term, 3 years
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role

The Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular Microbiology.

The main objective of this project is to characterize mobile genetic elements, understand their genesis, activities and functions. This is part of ARC funded projects in the laboratory of Professor Michael Gillings.

About You

You will have completed a PhD, or equivalent research experience, within a discipline that is relevant to the area of molecular microbiology. You will be experienced in modern molecular techniques including DNA sequencing, genomics and bioinformatics.

You will have experience as an Early Career Researcher who is able to work both in a team and independently, engage with stakeholders ranging from PhD candidates to practitioners in the area of Environmental Microbiology and Ecology.

If you are an excellent communicator with a proactive nature, flexible and someone who is energized by working in a productive team environment, then this is a role you will thrive in and a department you will enjoy working with.

About Us

The Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University is a vibrant and collegial community of teachers, researchers and students working across a wide range of biological disciplines. We are a leading research department, conducting research at all levels of biological organisation as well as across a diversity of taxa. Our areas of research strength are conservation biology, ecology, evolution and animal behaviour. For more information please visit

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To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • A PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline;
  • Demonstrated skills in molecular microbiology and ecology;
  • Ability to create reproducible outputs of a high standard;
  • Ability to integrate data from multiple sources and maintain data source integrity;
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare reports detailing progression milestones;
  • Successfully publish research in high-impact international journals;
  • Demonstratedability to work collaboratively and work independently without close supervision;
  • Capacity to work remotely as needs be, on assigned tasks and take direction;
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to communicate science to non-scientific partners and stakeholders.


  • Established record of publications in the area of mobile DNA or lateral gene transfer;
  • An understanding and familiarity with integrons and their gene cassettes;
  • Experience in all aspects of laboratory maintenance and safety;
  • Record of success in granting schemes;
  • Experience in supervision of PhD students

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Michael Gillings;

Applications Close: Sunday, 31st October 2020 at 11:55 pm

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