Research Officer in Molecular Parasitology

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
15 May 2023
End of advertisement period
13 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: School of Biomedical Sciences
Salary: Level A – $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Contribute to a multi-disciplinary research program at the University of Melbourne and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI).
  • Develop as an independent researcher, with the host lab and department having a strong emphasis on mentorship and career development.
  • $80,258 – $108,906 p.a, 17% super, benefits.

About the Role

Working in a dynamic team, under the supervision of Professor Malcolm McConville (Bio21 Institute) and A/Prof Chris Tonkin (WEHI) the Research Officer will utilize genome-wide genetic screens and advanced biochemical approaches, including metabolomic/proteomic approaches, to define the metabolic signals that trigger parasite entry into and exit from latency, with the view of identifying new drug targets against latent toxoplasmosis.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Undertake independent research that supports the NIH-funded program in the McConville/Tonkin groups.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the McConville/Tonkin groups to advance the program.
  • Preparation of manuscripts and oral presentations as well as co-supervision of research students.

Who We Are Looking For

You will be a highly motivated, problem-solver committed to achieving scientific goals, who can work autonomously and be expected to be an active member of the research group, collaborating with other researchers.

You will also have:

  • PhD (or close to submission) in relevant area.
  • Experience with molecular parasitology and/or biological mass spectrometry (metabolomics/proteomics) and computational biology.
  • Experience in broad range of biochemistry techniques (protein expression, purification, enzymology).

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

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology

Research groups in the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology undertake world-leading research around the key themes of molecular mechanisms underlying disease, translational research, drug discovery and development. Departmental members are involved in interdisciplinary teaching across the fields of biochemisty and pharmacology.

What We Offer You!

We are looking for individuals who are keen to develop a career in research and will provide opportunities for you to develop independent career aspirations.  In addition, the University offers 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

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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

Applications close: 13 June 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description:  0059547_Research Officer in Molecular Parasitology_PD.pdf

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