Postdoctoral Research Associate, CRISPR

Sydney, Australia
Oct 14, 2019
End of advertisement period
Nov 17, 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Located in the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney CBD Campus, Camperdown.
  • Opportunity to be part of a grant-funded research project using new CRISPR technologies.
  • Full-time, fixed term, 3-year contract. Base salary: $94k-$114k p.a. (Level A6-B3) plus annual leave loading and a generous 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation.  

About the opportunity 

We are inviting applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join the John and Anne Chong Lab for Functional Genomics lead by Associate Professor Greg Neely. The position will be based within the Charles Perkins Centre at University of Sydney, a rich academic environment focused on a multidisciplinary approach to improving human health as we age.

The University of Sydney Faculty of Science, Charles Perkins Center, and the John and Anne Chong Lab for Functional Genomics are investing in new applications of CRISPR genome editing to promote rapid progress in basic or medical research. The current position involves applying existing or developing new genome editing technologies to neuroscience with some focus on pain biology. The successful candidate will learn and apply various model systems in the lab, including fruit flies, mice, and/or human ES cells and stem cell-derived organoids combined with high throughput or candidate genome editing. The successful candidate will both drive new creative projects and help finish and publish existing research projects ongoing in the lab. Some of the available projects include new regulators of ageing, cognitive function, cell death, and pain perception. While the successful candidate will receive training in grant writing and encouraged to submit grants, the position is funded for three years initially with the potential for renewal. Importantly there is adequate funding and freedom within the lab to allow the successful applicant to follow the project in any direction necessary, and this position is designed for a motivated individual driven to become an independent principal investigator in the next ~5 years.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who possesses experience in some of the following areas:

  • a recent PhD in Biomedical Research (or a closely-related discipline)
  • a strong publication record (essential)
  • extensive experience with molecular biology or mouse genetics
  • cell culture experience optimally with human or mouse embryonic stem cells
  • experience in writing and publishing peer-reviewed articles, preparing and delivering oral research presentations.
  • ability to work confidently and independently to design appropriate experiments addressing the underlying research question

About us

The Charles Perkins Centre is a multidisciplinary research centre committed to improving global health. Our unique, complex-systems approach allows us to bring together researchers in unexpected research collaborations. The Centre is part of the University of Sydney and is located within the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital health precinct at the Camperdown campus of the university in Sydney, New South Wales.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 2082/0919F to apply.

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 17 November 2019 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.