Research Fellow in Translational Physiology

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 - $101,460 p.a. plus 17% super 
11 May 2023
End of advertisement period
09 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location:  Sunshine Hospital 
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 12 months 
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science 
Department/School: Department of Medicine, Western Health 
Salary: Level A.1 - A.6 – $80,258 - $101,460 p.a. plus 17% super 

  • Use pharmacological and genetic approach to target ECM remodelling to improve muscle structure and function.
  • Based Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE) at Sunshine Hospital.
  • $80,258 - $101,460, 17% super and benefits!

About the Role

The Research Fellow will join the research program of Dr Nicole Stupka where they will participate in a research program that is investigating how extracellular matrix remodelling modulated inflammation and regeneration in skeletal muscle disease. The aim of this project is to use pharmacological and genetic approached to target ECM remodelling to improve muscle structure and function.

This project will include the use of pre-clinical animal models, contractile function techniques together with histology and immunohistochemistry to evaluate skeletal muscle function and structure.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Under the guidance of Dr Stupka conduct internationally competitive research, resulting in high-quality research outcomes for our industry partners. 

  • Participate in research as a member of a research team and independently to ensure the timely completion of planned pre-clinical mouse studies and the analysis of collected tissue samples. 

  • Contribute to the writing of industry research reports, academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne. 

Who We Are Looking For

You will bring strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines. You will also have demonstrated experience in establishing and troubleshooting experimental techniques and a demonstrated ability in data analysis, interpretation, and presentation.

You will also have:

  • A research-focused MSc or PhD in physiology
  • Substantial and demonstrated experience in histology, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, and image analysis.
  • Substantial and demonstrated experience with pre-clinical mouse studies including mouse handling and drug administration (including oral gavage)

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Your New Team – “The Department of Medicine, Western Health“

The Department of Medicine, Western Health is a rapidly growing node of the Department with strengths in musculoskeletal research, ageing, neurology, and other areas. In addition, there is a strong focus on clinical trials research as well as innovative interfaces between tertiary healthcare and cutting-edge research. The Department is based within the Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE).

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community. For more information, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We encourage and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We recognise that reconciliation is central to our purpose. For more information, please visit our Reconciliation page.

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Position Description: 0052151_Research Fellow_PD.pdf 

Applications close: 09 Jun 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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