Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular/Cellular Immunology
- 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 conduct research at the interface of cellular immunology and biomaterials. The aim of the project is to determine the chemical and physical parameters that enables T cells to find and kill antigen-presenting tumour cells in engineered 3D environments. The project makes use of a novel 3D printer for cells and extracellular matrices to modulate cell density and positioning as well as chemical functionality and physical properties of the matrix.
A particular focus of the project is the impact on cell and matrix stiffness on T cell function (i.e. cellular biophysics). 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-$99k p.a. plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
- 12 months Fixed Term position with possibility of renewal
Specific responsibilities for this role include:
- Design and perform research experiments in the area of T cell killing using 3D printed cell cultures, flow cytometry and imaging
- Design and perform research experiments in the area of 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
- A PhD in molecular/cellular immunology, biophysics, cell biology or related field
- Demonstrated experience in cell biology or biophysics
- Demonstrated experience in flow cytometry and T cell analysis
- Demonstrated expertise in handling mice and working with primary T cells
- 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
Applications close: 11:00 pm 11th November 2018
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