Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemical Biology and Protein Engineering

Sydney, Australia
Base Salary Level A $97,043 p.a. - $100,717 p.a. + 17% superannuation
09 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
11 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 2 year fixed term, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Chemistry and School of Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to an exciting ARC-funded research project in chemical biology and protein engineering investigating antibiotic biosynthesis and protein evolution
  • Base Salary Level A $97,043 p.a. - $100,717 p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Chemical Biology and Protein Engineering to undertake research in chemical biology and protein engineering, studying enzyme evolution and antibiotic biosynthesis. Reporting to Professor Peter Rutledge and Associate Professor Nicholas Coleman, you will be part of a multidisciplinary team spanning synthetic and molecular biology, protein biochemistry, and synthetic chemistry in the School of Chemistry and the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney.

As a senior member of the research group, you will also be expected to help with the day-to-day supervision of graduate and undergraduate research students, including administrative tasks relating to project organisation, safety matters, and general lab management. You will be expected to prepare papers for publication in refereed journals and to present research findings at international conferences.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • participate in a research program in chemical biology and protein engineering
  • prepare results and data for publication, assist with paper writing and publishing original work
  • contribute to the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students in the research context
  • develop your research profile through presenting at conferences and seminars.

The School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney one of the foremost Chemistry departments in Australia, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. With more than 30 academic staff, 100 research staff, and 100 research students we conduct research across the full spectrum of pure and applied chemistry. Our research excellence is recognised by numerous prizes and awards to individual staff members and the award of almost $10 million in research funding each year. With the support of over 30 professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Chemistry administers and delivers undergraduate teaching for more than 3 000 students. We are committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity, and we are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

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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 (or near completion) in chemical biology, biochemistry, synthetic biology, or a closely related discipline
  • experience in recombinant protein expression and purification, designing and cloning new protein constructs, and bioinformatics techniques
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research independently under limited supervision
  • proven research excellence in this area of chemical biology
  • experience in research record keeping, disseminating research findings at group meetings and conferences, and writing up results for publication
  • the ability and a willingness to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals
  • excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience interacting with a variety of researchers and stakeholders
  • strong organisational and problem-solving skills with proven capacity to pay attention to detail
  • a track record of publishing their research.

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