Post-Doctoral Fellow in Optics

Sydney, Australia
19 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Asia-Pacific’s leading research-intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment
  • Location Sydney NSW Australia

UNSW Medicine is a national leader in learning, teaching and research, with close affiliations to a number of Australia’s finest hospitals, research institutes and health care organisations. With a strong presence at UNSW Kensington campus, the faculty have staff and students in teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as regional and rural areas of NSW including Albury/Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

The School of Medical Sciences is the largest School within UNSW Medicine, and one of the largest at UNSW. The School is based largely within the Wallace Wurth (Medicine) Building on the Kensington campus, but also includes the UNSW Lifestyle Clinic on High Street, Randwick. Located within the School is the EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science at UNSW. The Gaus group utilises advanced microscopy techniques, including single molecule localisation and lattice light-sheet microscopy, to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying T cell activation and function.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will employ lattice light-sheet microscopy (LLS) to image the interface of T cells with antigen-presenting cells. In particularly, the projects aim to understand how the topology and dynamics of the plasma membrane enable the T cell receptor to recognise and distinguish antigenic from benign ligands. The Postdoctoral Fellow will develop LLS imaging protocols and analyses for T cells that contact tumour cells that present a range of ligands. A particular focus is the distribution of the T cell receptor in the context of the dynamic, shape-changing membrane.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for leading a project, provide experimentally support to other students and researchers, help define and drive new research directions aligned with the overall goals of the group and the single molecule science unit.

The role of Postdoctoral Fellow reports to the Single Molecule Science Group Leader and has no direct reports.  

About the role

  • $73k-$98k p.a. plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 12 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Design and perform research experiments in lattice light-sheet microscopy (LLS) imaging and analysis
  • Design and perform research experiments in the area of advanced fluorescence microscopy and cell biology/cellular biophysics
  • Participate directly in the study design and implementation
  • Analyse and interpret research data and communication to the Project Leader
  • Assist in the preparation of manuscripts, abstracts, posters and grant/fellowship applications as appropriate
  • Promote the aims and objectives of the Centre through activities such as presenting research findings at relevant meetings and making presentations at national and international scientific conferences.
  • Establish and maintain collaborations with potential and current research partners.
  • Train and supervise research staff and students, as required
  • Preform administrative duties as required associated with the function of the research group
  • Cooperation with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that their actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of others in the university

Selection Criteria

  • A PhD in optics, biophysics, cell biology/cellular immunology or related field
  • Demonstrated experience in advanced fluorescence microscopy and image analysis
  • Demonstrated experience in cell biology and preparing cells for live cell imaging
  • Demonstrated expertise in the quantitative and/or computational analysis of experimental data
  • A track record in publishing scientific research papers in a relevant area or field, and experience in grant writing
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in student / technical staff supervision or teaching
  • Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training 

You should systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.

All candidates who wish to apply for the role must apply online


Romaric Bouveret


Applications close: 11:00 pm 11th November 2018

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