Research Fellow in Natural Products Chemistry

Sydney, Australia
19 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Apr 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Salary Package: Level B from $103,914 - $122,947 (pro rata) p.a., plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Appointment Type: Part-time (28 hours per week), fixed term for one year
  • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location

The Role:

The Department of Molecular Sciences is currently seeking a suitably qualified Research Fellow in Natural Products Chemistry to lead the natural products research activities of two industry-led Cooperative Research Centres Projects (BioAustralis: Towards the Future and The Probio-TICK initiative). Reporting to Dr Andrew Piggott, and working closely with industry partner Microbial Screening Technologies,

you will:

  • Coordinate the natural products research activities of two industry-led CRC-P projects
  • Acquire and interpret spectroscopic data for the characterisation of microbial natural products
  • Elucidate the structures of new and known microbial natural products

About Us:

The Department of Molecular Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Engineering 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. Click here to find out more about the Department of Molecular Sciences.

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Selection Criteria:

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:


  • A PhD in Natural Products Chemistry
  • At least 5 years of postdoctoral experience in the area of Natural Products Chemistry
  • Extensive experience with structure elucidation of small-molecule microbial natural products
  • Extensive experience operating high-field NMR instruments
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team


  • Experience working with industry partners/collaborators
  • Experience supervising HDR research students
  • Knowledge of microbial biosynthetic pathways.

Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Andrew Piggott at

General Recruitment Enquiries: Anne Kumanan, HR Officer at

Applications Close: Sunday 14th April 2019 at 11:55 pm

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