Postdoc Research Fellow, Advanced Optical Microscopy

Melbourne, Australia
04 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
24 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: School of Biomedical Sciences
Salary: $75,289 - $102,163 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Department of Anatomy and Physiology

The Department of Anatomy and Physiology has only recently come into fruition and is an amalgamation between the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology. Both Departments have long and illustrious history and have come together to produce a Department with a remarkable breadth and depth in research expertise that underpin our key research themes of neuroscience, metabolism and diabetes, stem cell and developmental biology, and muscle biology. The goal of the combined department is to remain at the forefront of scientific research aimed at understanding the structure and function of the human body in health and disease, employing novel and imaginative research methods.

About the Role

This is a unique opportunity to apply your expertise in advanced optical microscopy to highly collaborative projects funded by the US National Institutes of Health. The Research Fellow will prepare tissue samples and perform several types of optical microscopy (confocal, super resolution, light sheet) to visualise and quantify neural elements within organs and related vasculature.

The Research Fellow will integrate into the research and scholarship activities of the laboratory and the larger collaborative team, contributing to the preparation of successful funding applications and research publications and assisting with the supervision and training of research higher degree and undergraduate research students.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Design and conduct the required research effectively and efficiently
  • Develop effective timelines and milestones based on goals of the research program
  • Plan and carry out experiments focused on completion of research project aims
  • Contribute to the research culture of the Department and host laboratory through attendance at meetings or

About You

A natural rapport builder, you will have an ability to work as a collaborative team member with the capacity to develop and maintain productive working relationships. You will be able to work under limited supervision and attention to detail and accurate record keeping will be essential for this position.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • A PhD awarded in a relevant discipline with an emphasis on tissue structure.
  • A strong theoretical understanding of optical microscopy (wide-field fluorescence, confocal, and/or super resolution).
  • Experience in preparation (fixation, sectioning or clearing, immunolabeling) of tissues for optical microscopy.
  • A developing research profile, as evidenced by data collection for, writing and publication of original research in peer-reviewed international journals, conference and seminar presentations.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria* (found in the Position Description) for the role.

*For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

Position Description: 0054864 PD Research Fellow _Advanced Optical Microscopy.pdf

Applications close: 24 Jan 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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