Senior Research Fellow, Cytometry

Perth, Australia
Oct 08, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 13, 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Work in one of the largest cytometry facilities in Western Australia
  • Great opportunity for a passionate academic to manage the day to day operations of the CMCA Cytometry Core and provide academic and technical expertise to users
  • Tenurable appointment
  • Salary range: Level C, $120,444 – $138,713 p.a. plus employer contributed superannuation of 17%

Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis

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 and work area

The Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis (CMCA) comprises approximately 35 academic, research, technical and administrative staff supporting a diverse range of instrument platforms including secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), electron microscopy and microanalysis, optical, confocal, and multiphoton microscopy, flow cytometry, NMR, X-ray diffraction, biological and molecular mass spectrometry, small animal imaging, scanning probe microscopy, and micro-CT. The CMCA’s mission is to enable research excellence by providing access to world-class scientific infrastructure and expertise in characterisation to researchers and industry.

The CMCA Cytometry Core is one of the largest cytometry facilities in WA, providing researchers with access to high-end instrumentation, expertise and training. The Core houses state-of-the-art instrumentation for flow cytometry (BD Canto II, BD LSR Fortessa, Luminex 200, BD Calibur), cell sorting (BD Influx, BD Melody), mass cytometry (Fluidigm Helios), and genomics (10x Chromium Genomics System). These instruments are mostly located in the CMCA laboratories in the Perkins North Building on the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) medical campus, a short distance from the UWA Crawley campus.

About the opportunity

You will be an expert in various aspects of cytometry and cell sorting, where you will provide academic leadership to the UWA’s Cytometry Core to enable high-impact biomedical and environmental bioscience research.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Cytometry Core, line-managing professional staff, and overseeing the coordination of user training and maintenance of the facility. You will take responsibility for the quality of data produced in the laboratory, and oversee quality control procedures in the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data by researchers and support staff in your team. You will initiate and conduct collaborative research with a broad range of researchers accessing the facilities and you will be encouraged to develop your own research in the development and/or application of cytometry and related techniques. You will assist the management team of the CMCA, providing advice on cytometry and liaising with stakeholders at the local and national level. As an academic, you will perform a range of academic activities, including independent and collaborative research, teaching and training, and student supervision.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in the relevant subject area (Life Sciences - Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, Immunology or related field);
  • Advanced knowledge and extensive experience in flow cytometry and cell sorting, in a bio-medical research setting;
  • Ability and willingness to direct and maintain a multi-user cytometry facility and supervise research students and staff;
  • Ability to engage in and support diverse research programs in cytometry;
  • Experience working under a quality management system and operating in a physical containment level 2 (PC2) environment;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team;
  • Excellent organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities to meet deadlines.

About you

As an expert in the field of cytometry and cell sorting, you will possess leadership qualities to manage the day to day operations of the Cytometry Core. You will also have strong interpersonal skills and represent the facility locally, nationally and internationally and be the main point of contact for researchers and stakeholders. To succeed in this position, you will also have the ability to attract competitive research funding for new instrumentation and ancillary facilities.

About the campus

You will work alongside dynamic and forward-thinking colleagues, who like you, are determined to challenge convention and drive innovation. We are a community driven by a desire to make the most of our collective potential and to contribute to the world’s advancement. We work at one of Australia’s most picturesque campuses.

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

Professor Timothy Colmer, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), email:

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria.  You are encouraged to supply a curriculum vitae or academic portfolio in support of your application.

Closing date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

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).