Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science and Biochemistry

Canberra, Australia
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
End of advertisement period
Monday, 12 February 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time

Research School of Biology

ANU College of Science


Salary : Level B $96,087 - $109,181 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Level C $115,729 - $128,825 per annum plus 17% superannuation

The Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry is one of the three divisions in the Research School of Biology.  The School has about 60 lab groups with research strengths across a wide range of biological disciplines and our research is underpinned by world-class equipment, infrastructure and support staff, and funded by an extensive range of external grants. The School coordinates teaching of the research-led curriculum in biological and biomedical sciences. The Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry is made up of 18 research groups, including 5 ARC Future Fellows. Opportunities exist to collaborate with other Schools at ANU, with existing links to the Research School of Chemistry, the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the ANU Medical School. We are seeking two outstanding academics to lead and contribute both nationally and internationally to the research, education and outreach agendas within the School.

Research in the Division is diverse but much of it fits into two broad and overlapping themes: the biology of membrane proteins and host/pathogen biology. Our research also includes evo-devo, bioinformatics, immunology, microbiology and genetics. Most groups undertake basic biomedical or biological research, but some are developing a more translational focus where research into fundamental biological mechanisms is being exploited for the development of drugs or vaccines that target a range of diseases, including malaria, shigellosis, cancer and diabetes. Research in the Division is funded by grants from the ARC and NHMRC as well as a range of industry sources. Members of the Division teach a range of courses in cell and molecular biology at all year levels, including contributing to the Bachelor of Medical Science.

To sustain and grow the scale and impact of our research and teaching, we seek to make two new continuing or fixed term (with a pathway to continuing) appointments at Academic Levels B or C (Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, equivalent to Assistant Professor) to complement and build on our research strengths, in the following areas:

Position 1, Structural biology, preferably with an interest in membrane proteins and/or expertise in cryo-EM (this position may be held jointly with the Research School of Chemistry);

Position 2: cell physiology/cell and molecular biology. Successful applicants will have received their PhD (or equivalent) no more than 15 years before the time of their appointment, taking into account career interruptions and non-traditional career paths. Priority will be given to applicants whose research interests overlap with current research in the Division and who are willing to collaborate with existing groups. The successful applicants will be, or have the potential to become, world-class researchers in respective fields, with strong, independent research programs funded by external grants.

Their research and teaching will reflect the latest theoretical, quantitative and experimental advances in their field. We will only appoint people who are collaborative, collegial and community minded, and accessible to colleagues, research students and undergraduates, and keen to be engaged in the workings of the school.

ANU has committed to the SAGE Pilot of Athena SWAN Charter, and we expect that at least one of the candidates appointed will be a woman. 

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on indigenous.employment@anu.edu.au

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit https://services.anu.edu.au/human-resources/respect-inclusion

For further information please contact
Professor Susan Howitt
Head, Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry
E: susan.howitt@anu.edu.au

Closing date: 12 February 2018

Position description:  PD - B_C - Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry.pdf

Application information

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

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria 
  • A one-page statement of your research vision for the next 5-10 years
  • A one-page statement of your teaching philosophy
  • A half-page statement on where you see potential for collaborations within RSB.
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (including a current or previous supervisor).  If your CV does not include referees, you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

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

About the ANU

ANU is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. The location points to its unique history, with ties to the Australian Federal Government and special standing as a resource for the Australian people.  The University is consistently ranked amongst the top universities in the world.

ANU has seven academic Colleges, each comprised of a number of Schools and Research Centres specialising in a range of disciplines - both relevant and unique in Australia and our region. The ANU College of Science (CoS) is the largest of the seven Colleges and is comprised of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Research School of Biology, the Research School of Chemistry, the Research School of Earth Science, the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the Mathematical Sciences Institute and the Research School of Physics and Engineering. Together the Schools integrate high level research with a research-led curriculum that encompasses all of these different areas. The College has a strong tradition of research and educational excellence that has trained scientific leaders in disciplines in which the ANU is consistently ranked in the top twenty in the world.

About the Research School of Biology

The ANU Research School of Biology is home to a large number of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers from around the world. Our research is supported by outstanding equipment, infrastructure and support staff, and funded by an extensive range of external grants. The School conducts research, research training (MPhil and PhD), Masters and undergraduate education in a wide range of biological and biomedical sciences, within three separate Divisions:

  1. Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry (BSB) 

Research in BSB covers a wide range of disciplines, much of which fits within two broad themes: host/pathogen biology and the biology of membrane proteins. Research interests of the eighteen research groups include microbiology, parasitology, nematode biology, immunology and cancer biology, membrane channel biophysics, membrane transport and nutrition, evo-devo, genetics and bioinformatics.  While the Division aims to address fundamental biomedical or biological questions, some groups are also developing a more translational focus.

  • Division of Ecology and Evolution (E&E) 

E&E is a high performing whole organism department with a strong international reputation for developing theory that transcends specific taxa. We are internationally recognised in a number of areas including evolutionary, behavioural and molecular ecology, systematics, phylogenetics and population genetics, macroevolution and macroecology and physiological ecology. We maintain close links with the Fenner School for the Environment at ANU and also the CSIRO. 

  • Division of Plant Sciences (PS) 

Underpinned by superlative infrastructure and support staff, PS research spans translation of genomic sequences and its encoded information to whole-of-system characteristics of plant form and function. We embrace opportunities that link fundamental research with translation outcomes and are a leading centre for training of the next generation of plant biologists.  PS is also home to the most recent winner of the prestigious Kyoto Prize.

In addition to the three Divisions there is the newly established Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Unit.