Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Life and Environmental Sciences

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Sydney, Australia
25 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
26 Oct 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to contribute to the research and development of ARC Project "Predictability in evolution: from behaviour to genome"
  • Located on Camperdown Campus – join a community of world-class scientists at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • 1.0 FTE 1 year (or 0.5 FTE 2 years) fixed term contract with a base salary of $96k (Level A,6) plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) to join the School of Life and Environmental Sciences / Ecology, Evolution & Conservation to provide research support and expertise for the ARC-funded project “Predictability in evolution: from behaviour to genome”.Under the supervision of the Chief Investigator, the responsibilities of the Research Associate will include de novo assembly and annotation of animal genomes, performing analyses of comparative genomic data, some molecular biological laboratory work,and mentoring and instructing research students collaborating on the project. The successful candidate will primarily carry out scientific research and prepare and present scientific results in papers and conferences.

Candidates will have the opportunity to contribute broadly to the project and participate in a range of tasks such as:

  • performing assembly and annotation of animal genomes
  • undertaking evolutionary genomic, molecular evolutionary, phylogenetic, and comparative genomic analyses
  • designing, developing, implementingand writing up suitable research protocols.
  • obtaining, formatting, and curating scientific data relevant to the goals of the ARC project.
  • collaborating with Australian and international project collaborators.
  • performing some molecular biological lab work where necessary
  • preparing presentations and manuscripts to report the results of the research
  • conducting literature searches to review available evidence relevant to the ARC project.
  • gathering and consolidating data for inclusion in publications and presentations.
  • overseeing the preparation of figures and tables for publications and presentations.
  • undertaking research work as part of the broader agenda of the Molecular Ecology, Evolution and Phylogenetics research group
  • providing technical and research support to members of the research group involved in the ARC project, including thedevelopment and coordination of research activities.
  • providing research administrative support for the work area and research group
  • maintaining research records for the project, including project registers, EndNote libraries, and publication registers.
  • participating in relevant research activities such as workshops, seminars, and lab meetings

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in genomics, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, or a closely related field
  • proven ability to lead projects individually and as part of a team, and deliver major research outcomes
  • evidence of independent contributions to scientific or technical outcomes
  • evidence of high level oral and written communicationskills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day-to-day operational matters
  • significant skills and experience in animal genome assembly and annotation, including programming skills for scientific data analysis (e.g. Python, R)
  • significant skills and experience in evolutionary genomic, phylogenetic, molecular evolutionary and/or bioinformatic analyses
  • a proven track record of high‐quality publications in relevant fields
  • demonstrated capabilities operating in world‐class research environments
  • significant skills and experience in carrying out scientific literature searches, and preparing literature reviews for further analysis
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications
  • demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • proven ability to design appropriate experiments to address the underlying research question, as well as experience in setting up field and laboratory experiments
  • good understanding of relevant aspects of the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant legislation, including Safe Laboratory Practices, as applicable to the work environment
  • ideally the candidate would have some experience with DNA extraction, PCR, and other basic molecular biology skills

How to apply

Please visit the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website for further information and to apply.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and use the reference number 1082/0920F to find the listing.

Closing date: 11:30 pm, Monday 26 October 2020

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