Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioengineering

Sydney, Australia
$97,043 p.a.- $107,516 p.a. + 17% superannuation
06 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
04 Jul 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, 2 years fixed term. Located on the Darlington Campus at the School of Biomedical Engineering
  • Join the World-Class Mechanobiology and Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Sydney
  • Base Salary, Level A, $97,043 p.a.- $107,516 p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Are you a passionate and ambitious researcher seeking an unparalleled research experience in the field of biomechanical engineering? Look no further! The Mechanobiology and Biomechanics Laboratory (MBL) at the University of Sydney, led by A/Prof Lining (Arnold) Ju, invites top PhD candidates from around the globe to join our world-renowned research program.

As the first engineer and first University of Sydney recipient of the historic $8 million Snow Fellowship, A/Prof Ju has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to advancing biomechanical engineering. Our lab focuses on groundbreaking discoveries in mechanobiology and biomechanics, such as understanding cellular behaviour and the forces behind blood clot formation. The Snow Fellowship supports the development of a revolutionary micro-device that monitors and alerts people at risk of heart attacks or strokes, potentially saving countless lives in Australia and around the world.

By joining the MBL, you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technologies, and an inspiring research environment. A/Prof Ju supervises a talented team of over 20 postdocs and HDR students, offering exceptional mentorship and fostering a collaborative atmosphere. Our lab maintains strong partnerships with prestigious institutions such as the Bioengineering Institute of California, Harvard, and Georgia Tech, providing you with valuable networking opportunities and an international perspective on research.

Become a part of our mission to revolutionise healthcare and diagnostics by applying innovative engineering principles to critical healthcare challenges. Submit your application and seize the chance to embark on a life-changing research journey alongside the best minds in biomechanical engineering.

To learn more about the MBL and our research, please visit our official website ( For more information on A/Prof Ju's Snow Fellowship and groundbreaking research, check out these public release news articles:

Join us at the Mechanobiology and Biomechanics Laboratory and pave your way to a promising career in research and innovation.

For further information about the School of Biomedical Engineering, click here

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD in a relevant field specifically one of the followings: 1) organoid bioengineering, 2) bioprinting and biomanufacturing, 3) biomechanical instrumentation and modelling, with a strong hands-on PC1 and PC2 lab experience including a body of biological work published in peer reviewed journals. Applicants who have submitted their PhD for examination or will do so in the immediate future can be considered
  • experience in 2D cell culture, 3D spheroid/organoid culture, biomaterial development, flow cytometry, fluorescent and confocal microscopy operation and imaging
  • some knowledge and interest in programming, e.g. familiarity with using two or more of Labview, AutoCAD, MATLAB, ANSYS, COMSOL, SolidWorks, MD simulation or molecular modeling software e.g. GROMACS, NAMD, and other engineering and physics software;
  • outstanding interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and the ability to conduct high quality research with increasing independence and to present that work in an engaging way.

Candidates who demonstrate the following criteria will be highly regarded:

  • capabilities in independent microdevice instrumentation, e.g. instrumenting or operating optical tweezers, micropipette aspiration systems, patch clamping, micromanipulation and microinjection systems, or other biophysical experimental devices such as rheometers and parallel plate flow chambers and microfluidic system
  • solid basic knowledge of cell biology and hands-on experience in PC2 biological laboratory, using flow cytometer, cell culture, ELISA, protein coating, conjugation, protein-protein interaction assays, protein/antibody labelling and functional characterization

Of particular interest are candidates who demonstrate a passion in system automation control using Labview or equivalent system control software and an interest in artificial intelligence assisted image data analysis.

To apply for this role, please attach a cover letter to your application, outlining your suitability for the role.

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Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Tuesday 04 July 2023 11:59 PM

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