Research Assistant / Postdoctoral Scientist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Melbourne, Australia
Level A – $75,289 – $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super
25 May 2022
End of advertisement period
21 Jun 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Hospital-Based
Role type: Full time / Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Salary: Level A – $75,289 – $102,163 p.a. plus 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 Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has a strong research base with a history of significant competitive grant funding success. Areas of current research strength include infectious diseases, maternal foetal medicine, neonatal paediatrics, women's health, andrology, gynaecological oncology and reproductive biology. In addition, there are graduate research students pursuing full-time or part-time research through the Department. These include Honours, Master of Biomedical Sciences and Doctor of Philosophy students

About the Role

We are seeking a research scientist/microbiologist with molecular biology and culture experience to contribute to studies on antibiotic resistance in Mycoplasma genitalium. The project will include bacterial culture, tissue culture, and molecular analysis and will be a combination of laboratory work, and data analysis and interpretation. Specific duties will include:

  • Performing bacterial culture for Mycoplasma, including antibiotic susceptibility testing
  • Molecular analysis of clinical specimens by PCR and sequencing
  • Contribution to the development and evaluation of diagnostic tests

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Perform, interpret, and report PCR and sequencing experiments
  • Perform bacterial culture experiments for Mycoplasma genitalium
  • Maintain privacy, confidentiality, and security of all data
  • Maintain and update databases
  • Contribute to the development and update of study protocols and standard operating procedures

About You

Your passion for Microbiology and your high level of drive and enthusiasm will set you up for success in this role. You will be a natural collaborator with a proven ability to work to a high degree of autonomy. You will have excellent organisational, communication and interpersonal skills.

You will further have:


  • A degree (Honours, Masters or PhD) in microbiology or a related field
  • Experience in molecular biology methods (e.g., DNA extraction, PCR, Sanger sequencing)
  • Experience in the culture of eukaryotic cells (tissue culture) and culture of bacteria
  • Ability to make contributions to publications and presentations


  • A PhD in a related field
  • Research experience
  • Research publications in peer-reviewed journals

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

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 with disabilities 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: PD 0051417_RAPostDoc_Mycoplasma.pdf

Applications close: 21 June 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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