Proteomic Specialist

Melbourne, Australia
$77,171 - $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
29 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
14 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term 
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: Bio21 Institute
Salary: Level A – $77,171 - $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

The University plan seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas they have been traditionally under-represented. Consistent with this, the Institute is seeking to increase the representation of women in the academic workforce. Under a Special Measure, under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) the Institute is seeking to lift the representation of women and strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female candidates.

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Bio21 Institute

The University of Melbourne's $140m Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute) is a multidisciplinary research centre, specialising in medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology.

Opened in 2005, the Bio21 Institute improves human health and the environment through innovation in biotechnology and related areas, driven by multidisciplinary research and dynamic interactions with industry. The Institute embraces commercialisation as a facilitator of innovation, skills development and economic outcomes. A key driver of innovation is the Institute's commitment to intellectual property protection, technology transfer and business incubation.

About the Role

The Bio21 Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility (MSPF) provides open access mass spectrometry to research groups within the University of Melbourne and other surrounding research institutes. The facility currently supports over 300 biochemists and chemists working across a variety of research themes (e.g. cancer, immunology, Alzheimer’s) that require support for proteomic analysis of their samples.

The Proteomic Specialist will support the proteomics facility’s activities. These include the design, and execution of proteomic experiments such as: gel spot analysis, iTRAQ/SILAC/label free quant experiments, disulfide analysis, phosphorylation site analysis. The incumbent will also troubleshoot problems of both nano and regular flow HPLC chromatography as well as perform basic instrument maintenance. The incumbent will have the software skills required for the analysis of proteomic data sets.

The unique differentiating approach of the Bio21 Mass Spectrometry Proteomics facility is to teach users how to perform their own proteomic experiments and data analysis. As explained further here: N. A. Williamson, J Am Soc Mass Spectrom 29, 439-446 (2018) This position supports a large number of projects and will act as a supervisor to students and staff as the projects progress. A PhD. in Biochemistry or a related fields is essential.

Responsibilities include:

  • Train users in the use of a mass spectrometer, HPLC, and the general principals of proteomic mass spectrometry, for example sequencing using b and y ions, and understanding MaxQuant or other search results
  • Work with users that require more sophisticated proteomic assistance – such as iTRAQ/SILAC/dimethyl labelling experiments, MRM peptide quantitation, DIA data sets
  • Keep track of the latest developments in proteomic methods and implement those that best meet the needs of the facility and its users
  • Assist facility clients in the preparation and submission of competitive grant applications or tenders related to the MSPF’s activities

About You

You will have excellent interpersonal and both written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to work cooperatively and positively in a multi-disciplinary team environment and liaise with people from diverse backgrounds. You will possess outstanding organisational skills to meet deadlines and bring projects to a timely completion

You will also have:

  • A PhD in Biochemistry or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in proteomic mass spectrometry or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with students and other users and where necessary teach the experimental concepts or instrument operation

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.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University

The University of Melbourne 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.

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, 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

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. 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

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Position Description: 0047602_Proteomic Specialist_PD.pdf

Applications close: 14 October 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time