Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Evolution of the Marsupial Placenta
- Full Time
- Salary Package: Level A, Step 6 (PhD) from $93,830 to $100,559 per annum, plus 17% employer superannuation and annual leave loading
- Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed-term up to 34 months
- Macquarie University (North Ryde) location
An exciting role has become available in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University. We are seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Research Fellow to investigate the evolution and genomics of pregnancy in marsupials. The research fellow will work closely with Dr Oliver Griffith. This is a cross disciplinary project that will involve working with marsupials and will use molecular, cell biology, and genomic approaches to understand fundamental aspects of maternal-fetal interactions in the marsupial clade. The ARC funded project will include working with key collaborative partners at Yale University (Prof. Gunter Wagner) and the University of Melbourne (Prof. Marilyn Renfree).
The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop their own research program through collaborations to continue to develop their research career.
Macquarie is a young and dynamic university, focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry and society, encouraging all to traverse the boundaries of their own perspective and effect change. In Macquarie's Faculty of Science and Engineering you'll join passionate researchers and educators blazing new trails in the spirit of discovery and exploration.The Department of Biological Sciences is located on a beautiful, serene and green campus in northern Sydney. This project will involve access to world class research facilities, including the independently managed fauna park, new well equipped lab space, and the supportive environment at
About the Project
This project builds off recent discoveries about significant similarities between marsupial and eutherian placentation for understanding the evolution of mammalian pregnancy. In this project you will use marsupials to understand the evolution of maternal-fetal interactions in mammals. Research will involve working with Australian marsupials and applying the latest molecular approaches (including single cell RNAseq and cell/tissue cultures) to understand the importance of key aspects of marsupial placentation. The project budget includes funds to support travel to work with collaborators in Australia and the US (when it is safe to do so), as well as attend local and international conferences.
To be considered for this position, applicants must address the selection criteria below, and attach your CV (including a list of two referees), a statement of research interests and achievements.
- PhD in Biology, Zoology, Genetics or a related field
- A desire to work at the interface of animal biology, molecular sciences, and bioinformatic analysis
- Experience with molecular biology techniques, such as PCR, tissue culture, and/or histology & microscopy
- Eagerness to dive into bioinformatic analysis of next generation sequencing data to address interesting questions in biology
- A demonstrated record of high-quality research, including publications
- Ability to work individually and productively as part of a team
- Experience analysing and publishing research using next generation sequencing data, such as RNAseq
- A fascination for vertebrate evolution and reproduction
Enquiries: Dr Oliver Griffith at email@example.com
Applications Close: Sunday, 24 January 2021 at 11:55pm
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