Postdoctoral Research Associate in Functional Amyloid Biology

Sydney, Australia
AU$95,047- AU$105,305 per annum + 17% Super
15 Oct 2021
End of advertisement period
14 Nov 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time fixed term until December 2022
  • Opportunity within the School of Medical Sciences to support the research of the Functional Amyloid Biology Group
  • Base Salary $95,047- $105,305+ 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to implement, conduct, manage and supervise ongoing research projects within the Functional Amyloid Biology Group.

Led by Professor Margaret Sunde, the Functional Amyloid Biology Group (FABLab) investigates the formation, structure and biological impact of protein amyloid fibrils that have important roles in mammals and microorganisms. Although amyloid fibrils were first identified in association with human disease including Alzheimer's and Type 2 diabetes, protein assemblies that have similar structural features but which convey functional properties, are now widely recognised as key to processes such as programmed cell death, hormone regulation, melanin synthesis, biofilm formation and innate immunity. Current projects in the group focus on understanding the structural basis of functional amyloid assembly within the programmed cell death pathway necroptosis; targeting the functional amyloid assemblies that contribute to fungal infectivity and pathogenesis with a view to novel antifungal agents; and super-resolution imaging of pathological and functional amyloid structures.

In this role you will:

  • optimise the production of multiple recombinant proteins, from cloning through to purification
  • perform a diverse range of biochemical and biophysical experiments to characterise the structure and self-assembly properties of diverse amyloidogenic proteins
  • perform other support tasks associated with general laboratory experimentation, including data entry, literature searches and grant applications
  • write scientific communications intended for publication in refereed journals
  • assist to supervise graduate and honours level undergraduate students during the course of specific projects.

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 who has:

  • a PhD in an appropriate discipline (Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology) (those who are near completion will also be considered)
  • ability to set up and monitor new and existing experimental projects and demonstrated laboratory skills in molecular biology techniques, protein purification and biophysical analysis, including single molecule approaches
  • experience in amyloid assays (desirable)
  • experience and demonstrated expertise in transmission electron microscopy, NMR or crystallography (desirable)
  • proven ability to prepare and to write scientific communications and to prepare and deliver verbal communication of data at laboratory and other scientific meetings.

This is an excellent opportunity to further develop your research profile in a well-funded, collaborative team environment.

Closing date for applications

11.59 pm, 14 November 2021

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Visa sponsorship is only available for this position for candidates who are currently located within Australia.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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