Postdoctoral Fellow Exercise Epigenetics

Canberra, Australia
05 Aug 2020
End of advertisement period
26 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Exciting research opportunity for an early career researcher interested in Exercise Epigenetics.
  • Work with an energetic small multi-disciplinary research team and collaborative partners.
  • Identify and develop research strategies and industry solutions for improving health across a range of population groups.

The University of Canberra (UC) is a dynamic university with great ambition, partnering with government, business and industry locally and internationally to challenge the status quo through the pursuit of best practice in teaching, learning and research. UC’s place-based identity ensures that it exists to serve Australia’s capital community and its surrounding region with a strong impact on the nation. The universities success in research and education has been internationally recognised, resulting in UC becoming the world’s fastest rising university (QS, 2019).

The Health Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Canberra invites an outstanding applicant to join our world class research team. Working as part of the innovative team, you will have the opportunity and be committed to making a significant contribution to health and wellbeing. The Institute is home to some pioneering researchers and was awarded the highest rating of 4 “above world standard” in ERA 2018.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will join a small energetic multi-disciplinary research team within UCRISE on exercise epigenetics. This position offers the opportunity to work in an exciting and fast paced area of sport, health, physical activity, and exercise that will enhance the profile of both the appointee and the University. The aims of the team are to identify and study the functions of novel epigenetic pathways for evaluating the epigenetic basis of novel exercise, training, and physical activity programs.  The programs will be designed for a variety of population groups including athletes, recreational exercisers, young, middle-aged, and elderly individuals, to promote good health, performance, and quality of life.

The research will involve human subjects and use of cutting edge genomic and transcriptomic apparatus for studying epigenetic regulation in the context of the mammalian genome. An extensive network of collaborators across a variety of government, university, sporting, and other institutions will be involved. We seek an applicant who has experience and a PhD in one or more of the following areas: genetics, epigenetics, clinical biochemistry, and/or molecular and cellular biology. Highly motivated early career researchers with experience working independently with minimum supervision are encouraged to apply. An interest in sport and exercise is desirable.

This full-time position is for three years based at the Canberra campus, with a generous salary plus 17% superannuation, access to research funding, and a relocation allowance if required. The successful applicant will be appointed at the Academic Level B with a salary range of $102,656pa – $117,232pa plus 17% Super.

The University offers excellent conditions and benefits such as flexible, family-friendly policies, on site gym, on site medical services, a supermarket and childcare facilities.

UC’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022 sets a goal to be the national sector leader in equity, diversity, inclusion and access, and the ambitious goals of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan are designed to ensure that our Indigenous students and staff flourish in a welcoming and culturally safe environment. UC encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups.

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If you are initially shortlisted, you may be asked to complete a virtual presentation on a topic provided by the panel followed by a formal panel interview.

Working Rights: Applicants who wish to apply for this position should have valid working rights or eligibility to obtain a work visa for Australia.

For job specific questions:  please contact Professor David Pyne, Research Professor, UC Research Institute for Sport and Exercise via email

Recruitment and application questions: please contact the Recruitment team on 02 6180 8020 or email

Closing Date: 11.55pm, Wednesday 26 August 2020