Research Fellow in Multiscale Mathematical Modelling of Cell Biology

Melbourne, Australia
$77,171 - $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super
15 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
13 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
Salary: Level A – $77,171 - $104,717 p.a. plus 17% super

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 School of Mathematics and Statistics

The University of Melbourne's School of Mathematics and Statistics is one of Australia's leading mathematics and statistics schools. It has achieved this status through the high quality of its research and teaching programs. The School offers a wide range of subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is involved in aspects of community life that impact on the interests of the School and the discipline.

About the Role

The Research Fellow in Multiscale Mathematical Modelling of Cell Biology is expected to develop a multiscale mathematical framework that allows for the connection between simple and complex biological experiments. This role will involve designing agent-based mathematical models in established software, deriving corresponding continuum mathematical models, and interfacing these mathematical models with experimental data.

This role is funded by the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Discovery Project of Dr Stuart Johnston, Dr Matthew Faria and Associate Professor James Osborne. The appointee will be a member of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, reporting to Dr Stuart Johnston.

You are expected to significantly contribute towards the research effort of the team and to develop your research expertise with an increasing degree of autonomy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development of mathematical models of cell behaviour, and calibration of models to experimental data, leading to peer-reviewed journal publications, revision-tracked software code and technical documents.
  • Contributing to and publishing academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne
  • Contributing to teaching, training, scientific mentoring and supervision of students
  • Actively participating at School meetings and with guidance, contribute to planning activities or committee work to support capacity building in the School/discipline

About You

You will have capacity to work constructively and collaboratively with colleagues in furthering the aims of the School, and an ability to work in multidisciplinary research or teaching teams. You will have well-developed oral and written communication skills, and an ability to represent the School and the discipline with internal or external groups. You will have experience in at least one of the following topics: mathematical biology, continuum mathematical modelling, agent-based modelling

You will also have:

  • Completion (or near completion) of a PhD in applied mathematics, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage in outstanding research consistent with the strengths and strategic directions of the ARC Discovery Project, with a strong publication track record of original research publications in peer reviewed international journals, relative to time since PhD completion
  • Demonstrated ability in scientific programming or software development.
  • Experience in either working in an experimental laboratory environment, or working closely with experimental collaborators is desirable but not essential

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.

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Applications not submitted via MathJobs will not be considered.

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

Applications close: 13 April 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Position description: 0059007_Research Fellow in Multiscale Mathematical Modelling of Cell Biology_PD.pdf

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