Research Fellow in Bioanalytical and Biological Mass Spectrometry

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258– $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
08 Aug 2023
End of advertisement period
16 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Science
Department/School: Chemistry
Salary: Level A – $80,258– $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Join the lab led by Professor Gavin Reid, to conduct innovative research in the development and application of biomolecular mass spectrometry based methodologies for lipidomic and proteomic analysis, and ‘multi-omic' bioinformatics data integration.
  • This research is part of a multi-institutional NHMRC funded project to understand the mechanisms of bacterial membrane interactions and resistance to antimicrobial peptides.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and self-directed early career researcher to join the Bioanalytical and Biological Mass Spectrometry Laboratory led by Professor Gavin Reid, to apply cutting edge mass spectrometry based instrumentation and ‘multi-omic’ bioinformatics data analysis and integration methodologies to understand the mechanisms of bacterial membrane interactions and resistance to antimicrobial peptides.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • You will work individually and collaboratively with other members of the Reid lab, our internal and external collaborators, and staff within the Bio21 Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics Facility (MSPF).
  • Conduct internationally competitive research, resulting in impactful peer-reviewed publications and other scholarly outputs, and the preparation of research proposals to secure future external funding.
  • Contribute towards the research effort of the team while developing your own research expertise with an increasing degree of autonomy, including assisting in the co-supervision and training of research students  
  • Contribute to lab organisation and management, including compliance with OHS policies and procedures

Who We Are Looking For

The successful candidate has an outstanding research background in biological mass spectrometry, including for lipidomics and proteomics analysis, and/or ‘multi-omic’ data integration and bioinformatics analysis. You are a highly motivated individual who thrives in a team environment, demonstrating initiative and prioritisation skills to achieve project milestones. Your strong organisational skills and meticulous approach ensure accurate data recording and analysis.

You will also have:

  • Obtained your Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related field, preferably with some additional postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in bacterial cell culture, mass spectrometry based lipidomic and proteomic sample preparation and analysis, and/or bioinformatics and biostatistics.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and bring projects to a timely completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities.
  • Strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic research career trajectory.

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.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position

Your New Team – School of Chemistry

As part of the School of Chemistry, and The Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology, and located within the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, we are a dynamic and vibrant group of scientists who work at the intersection of the chemical and biological sciences. Inspired by the idea that innovation in chemical technology enables biological and biomedical discovery, we are focused on developing and applying novel chemical and mass spectrometry based methodologies and data analysis strategies to tackle complex challenges that advance our molecular understanding of biology and disease.

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

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The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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 the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana Gencic via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 16 Oct 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position Description: 0051474 Research Fellow in Bioanalytical and Biological Mass Spectrometry PD.pdf

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