Research Fellow/Lecturer, Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology

Canberra, Australia
Monday, 13 September 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level A / Academic Level B
Salary package: $71,509 - $111,365 plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full Time, Continuing (Contingent Funded) appointment for an initial period of 3 years.

Position overview

The Australian National University (ANU) is a global university that consistently ranks among the world’s finest. Its distinct intellectual capacity is reflected in 95% of its research output being ranked above world standard. This research excellence contributes to the social, economic and human capital of the nation. ANU is located in Canberra, Australia’s capital and is a partner to the Australian government and a resource for its people. 

One of the reasons ANU stands apart from other universities is its ability to look beyond the day to day and address some of the biggest problems facing the world.

The ANU is a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology. The ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB) will provide the technical innovation critical for Australia to develop a vibrant bioeconomy building on the nation’s strengths in agriculture. For thousands of years we have used microbes to create bread, wine, cheese. Now, our Centre will pioneer new approaches to the design of synthetic microbes, enabling the development of custom-designed microbial communities, synthetic organelles and new to nature biological pathways and enzymes. CoESB will combine engineering with molecular biology to design and construct novel biological systems that can convert biomass from agriculture or waste streams to biofuel, bioplastics and other high-value chemicals. 

The ANU CoESB Node is seeking to recruit a talented and motivated early-career academic to join us. This new position will be complemented by a cohort of PhD students and will work synergistically on the goals of the centre. The ANU CoESB Node is now advertising one Research Fellow positions located at the Research Schools of Chemistry to work on the development of novel enzymes, sensors and compartments for synthetic biology. This positions will work synergistically with the other nodes of the CoESB.

The desired applicant should have experience in protein crystallography, molecular dynamics, protein engineering, and bioinformatics. 

Research School of Chemistry

The Research School of Chemistry (RSC) was founded in 1967. Last year, the School’s 50th anniversary provided the opportunity to celebrate the RSC’s research and teaching excellence. The School divides its research into the following themes: Chemical Biology, Synthetic Chemistry and Materials Chemistry. The RSC has 47 academic and 34 professional staff and more than 800 undergraduate and postgraduate students. From late 2013, the School has been accommodated in new, state-of-the-art laboratories with excellent facilities and resources for chemical research.

The Australian National University provides attractive benefits and excellent support to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to superannuation. This also includes generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part time working arrangements, a parental and aged care support program, dual career hire programs, ANU school holiday programs, and childcare facilities on campus.

For more information about the position, please contact Prof. Colin Jackson T: +61 2 6125 8325, E:

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Closing Date: 23 September 2021

Position Description: 

Application information: Download File PD and PEWER_Research Fellow_Lecturer (1).pdf

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position

Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in this country and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process.  An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.