Postdoctoral Fellow in Synthetic Biology

Sydney, Australia
14 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Salary from Academic Level A6 – A8 $90,188 to $96,655 plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • 2 x Full time, fixed term roles up to 3 years

The Role

Macquarie University is building a multimillion dollar initiative in Synthetic Biology as one of its Future-Shaping Research Priorities. The Department of Molecular Sciences (MolSci) is currently seeking TWO suitably qualified, Postdoctoral Research Fellows for a collaborative project in Synthetic Biology. Specifically, the project is focused on the engineering of bacteria to efficiently and rapidly convert sugars from various renewable sources into hydrogen gas. The successful candidates will be responsible for experimental design and execution; including, design of genetic componentry, genetic reprogramming/metabolic engineering of bacteria; and the genomic, proteomic and metabolomic analysis of new strains.  They will communicate their research findings through high-end scientific publication and by presentation at relevant scientific and industry-based conferences.  The three year project is funded through the ARENA R&D Program "Renewable Hydrogen for Export”. Reporting will be to Professor Robert Willows and Dr Louise Brown.

About You

The successful applicant will have PhD in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or a related field, and demonstrated experience in synthetic biology.

Applicants with the following experience will be highly desirable:

  • Experience supervising graduate students.
  • Previous experience with developing high-throughput analyses.
  • Experience using biological software modelling programs.
  • Experience with industrial fermentation processes.
  • Previous experience with development of hydrogen fuel cell technology and/or other research involving hydrogen gas.

About Us

The Department of Molecular Sciences (MolSci@MQ) is a research intensive department of academics and students who study and teach chemistry and molecular cell sciences. The focus of our academics is at the exciting molecular science interfaces with chemistry, biology and materials. Our students gain cross-disciplinary perspectives while developing discipline specific skills in chemistry and biomolecular science.

We apply this philosophy of studying “molecules to cells” to achieve a sustainable environment, understand health and disease, develop materials and advance new molecular technologies.

Research and teaching strength in molecular science includes analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, cellular biology, medicinal chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and genomics, synthetic biology, organic/inorganic synthesis, proteomics, protein chemistry, physical chemistry.

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, applicants must address the selection criteria below, and attach your CV (including a list of two referees), a statement of research interests and achievements.

  • PhD in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or a related field.
  • Excellent knowledge and demonstrated experience in synthetic biology/metabolic engineering and/or related biochemical techniques.
  • Extensive experience in genomic, proteomic and/or metabolomic analyses.
  • High level written and oral communication skills with the ability to represent the research team effectively internally and externally, including at national and international conferences.
  • An ability to relate to and engage with other staff and students across diverse scientific backgrounds.
  • A record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • A track record of working on research projects both individually and in a team-based environment.

Enquiries: Professor Robert Willows at or +61 2 9850 8146

Applications Close: Sunday 7th October 2018 11.55pm

This position requires qualification checks.

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