Research Associate, Volatile Metabolite Sensors for Bee Health

Perth, Australia
Monday, 30 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 10 January 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • 2 year appointment on a full time basis 
  • Salary range: Level A $$70,936 - $95,464 p.a. or  Level B $100,374 - $118,776 p.a. plus superannuation depending on experience and skills

School of Molecular Sciences

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

Embedded within the School of Molecular Sciences, our multidisciplinary team works to achieve excellent research outcomes and deliver doctorate programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Our group has a strong focus on delivering practical, science-based solutions for primary producers. As part of this, we work very closely with the Australian honey bee industry and state agricultural departments. Our key areas of interest include biosecurity, nutrition management, and stock quality.

About the opportunity

You will coordinate and carry out sensor research and development to provide new and or improved biosensor products for volatile metabolite detection in field settings. This work is part of an exciting project that aims to deliver better disease diagnostics, which will keep bees healthy and beekeepers in business.

As part of the team, you will work on instrumentation and applications of analytical chemistry equipment and sensor development. You will be responsible for the design, construction and optimisation of mobile sensor platforms for volatile metabolite detection in field settings. You will also assist with drafting progress reports to submit to funding agencies and prepare the work for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD or Masters in Chemical, Biochemical, or Engineering Sciences, or equivalent relevant field
  • Experience in the design and development of sensors for volatile organic molecules
  • Knowledge in Chemistry or Engineering with a strong focus on analytical instrumentation and sensor development
  • Experience with common analytical instruments (e.g. UV/Vis and Infra-red spectrophotometers and mass spectrometers, GC-MS instrumentation, including their maintenance)
  • Experience in collecting data sets, performing analysis of the results, preparing graphs or tables of data and presenting findings of research in writing or verbal format
  • Contribution to prior published work on analytical chemistry and instrumentation in internationally known peer-reviewed journals

For more information regarding the position or a confidential discussion, please contact:

Dr Julia Grassl, School of Molecular Sciences, email:

Closing date: Sunday, 10 January 2021

This position is open to international applicants.

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Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

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Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
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