Associate Professor in Biotechnology / Director of Biotechnology Programs

Melbourne, Australia
$169,094 - $186,288 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
08 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
09 Jul 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Job no: 0059548
Location: Parkville Campus. Melbourne, Australia
Role type: Full-time; Continuing
Faculty: Science
Department/School: School of BioSciences
Salary: Level D – AUD $169,094 - $186,288 p.a. plus 17% superannuation 

  • Lead and shape innovative biotechnology programs, engaging with industry partners and addressing complex technological challenges
  • Opportunity to pursue a teaching-focused or teaching and research career while fostering a diverse and inclusive environment
  • $169,094 - $186,288, plus 17% super, and benefits!

About the Role

This is an exceptional opportunity for a passionate and collaborative academic with expertise in biotechnology to join the School of BioSciences as the Director of Biotechnology Programs. Whether you are inclined towards a teaching-focused (TS) or teaching and research (T&R) career, this role offers a unique platform to lead and shape undergraduate and postgraduate programs in biotechnology. Join our interdisciplinary team, where students engage with industry partners, and contribute to the complex challenges of emerging technologies while fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply, as we value the importance of a varied perspective in driving success in the School, Faculty, and University.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking internationally competitive research, resulting in the awarding of competitive grants, publications in high impact journals (T&R)
  • Contribution to the development of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning outputs (TS)
  • Actively contributing to teaching, including the development and delivery of taught materials, marking, coordination of subjects and of staff in relevant subjects/courses and overseeing demonstrators in the classroom (T&R and TS)

Who We Are Looking For

You are an experienced coordinator of undergraduate and postgraduate subjects/courses, capable of adapting to new demands and implementing innovative teaching approaches. With excellent organisational and communication skills, you can build networks with academics and industry experts, while demonstrating the ability to work independently or collaboratively in a diverse work environment, mentoring and building rapport with staff at all levels.

You will also have:

  • PhD in an aspect of biotechnology or related field of biology.
  • At least 10 years of post-PhD research experience (T & R)/ teaching experience at the tertiary level (TS)
  • Experience working with biotechnology companies, either as a collaborator or as an employee.
  • Proven track record in being awarded competitive grants and publishing peer reviewed publications in top field specific science journals (T & R)/ of the production and dissemination of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (TS).

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

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Work Rights

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Your New Team – “BioSciences”

Joining the School of BioSciences at The University of Melbourne offers an unparalleled opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing the world's most pressing biological challenges. With a team of over 150 academic staff and leading research projects in areas such as ecology, genetics, genomics, and biosecurity, you will contribute to ground-breaking research and make a tangible impact on climate change, biosecurity, reproductive health, and food production. As part of our diverse and collaborative community, you will have access to extensive cross-disciplinary collaborations, grant funding, and world-class teaching programs aligned with cutting-edge research. This is your chance to be part of a dynamic and influential team that is shaping the future of biological sciences and making a difference on a global scale.

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.

The City of Melbourne is recognised as Australia’s cultural capital with a number of world-class galleries and museums, internationally renowned food and wine regions, and an impressive year-round calendar of events catering for all tastes. It is no surprise that Melbourne has won the title of one of the most livable cities for six consecutive years and continues to attract residents from all over the world.

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
  • 2 page cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • 1 page teaching statement including your general vision for what a Masters in BioTechnology program should include (detailed class structure not necessary – just a general description of what topics would be included)
  • If pursuing the T&R pathway please also include a 1 page research statement

Applications close: 9 JULY 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description:  PD _Associate Professor in Biotechnology.pdf