Postdoctoral Fellow A, Tumor on a Chip - School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Adelaide, Australia
$91,402 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation will apply
28 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Nov 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

(Level A) $91,402 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation will apply

Fixed term position for 2 years with the possibility of extension for up to 4 years dependant on funding and performance.

The University of Adelaide is seeking a dynamic individual with expertise in fields of cancer biology and cancer-on-a-chip. It is a fantastic opportunity for an early -career researcher to enter an academic career pathway. Our new state of the art laboratory will enable high quality research to be conducted to meet the next generation of challenges like the development of novel cancer nanomedicines.

The primary purpose of the position is to develop tumor-on-chip and cancer-on-chip models for drug screening, as part of an NHMRC Leadership Fellow project in Prof. Chun-Xia Zhao’s lab. We are looking for an ambitious and creative postdoctoral researcher with a strong drive and motivation to address current challenges in the interdisciplinary research field of organs-on-chip

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Design and fabrication of tumor-on-chip (ToC) models using cell lines, primary cells or patient samples
  • Optimisation of the culturing condition and characterisation of the ToC model
  • Validation of ToC models using different in vitro/in vivo assays or clinical data and drug evaluation using the ToC model developed
  • Interact with internal and external collaborators
  • Publish scholarly and high-level research papers
  • Provide laboratory leadership and supervision of honours and postgraduate students
  • Work with colleagues at UofA and externally in the development of new joint research projects including applications for external funding
  • Lead a research team in ToC model and drug screening

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD in biology, biomedical Engineering, medicine or related fields.
  • Demonstrated track record of high quality research related to in vitro and in vivo cancer models, microfluidic systems, organ-on-chip research
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in cancer biology, tumor microenvironment, 3D imaging, culture optimisation, genotypic characterisation, phenotype evaluation and studies of cell growth and proliferation
  • Demonstrated experience in in vivo animal studies, drug evaluation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to contribute to the research program; designing experiments, analysing data and presenting data for publication or oral presentation

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance.

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55 pm, 3 November 2022.

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Professor Chun-Xia Zhao
Professor, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials
P: +61 (8) 8313 7432

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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