Grant-Funded Researcher (B)

Adelaide, Australia
$75,888 to $126,894 per annum
06 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

(Level A) $75,888 to $102,040 or (Level B) $107,276 to $126,894 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Fixed term, full time position available for 1 year with a possibility to extend.

A postdoctoral research fellow position is available to work Dr Qi Zhang, who is establishing her lab as an EMBL-Australia Group Leader at the South Australian immunoGENomics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI). The successful candidate will lead a project to study how gene repression is maintained by chromatin modifying complexes and how it is dysregulated in disease through biochemistry, molecular biology, genome editing, genomics and structural biology approaches.

The successful applicant will also have an opportunity to participate in the collegial, collaborative culture of SAiGENCI as well as the EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network (PLN). As a member of the Zhang EMBL Australia Group there will be opportunity to engage in the various PLN programs aimed at increasing research excellence and internationalisation.

EMBL Australia and The University of Adelaide are committed to supporting a gender-diverse and inclusive work environment, ensuring equal employment opportunity to attract and retain the best in their field. Attractive conditions and benefits are offered to ensure a flexible and family-friendly working environment.

For the candidate, this will involve prodigious training opportunities:

  • State-of-the-art tools/skillsets in epigenetics and bioinformatics (NGS techniques + systems approaches) and access to core equipment such as imaging, flow cytometry etc.
  • The chance to forge collaborations with experts in diverse fields at the Adelaide biomedical precinct.
  • Ample professional, scientific and mentoring opportunities to develop into a highly visible future leader in their own right.
  • The opportunity to establish themselves in a new institute and to have a profound impact on the research environment.

The position stresses the importance of working in a healthy and inclusive environment (equality and diversity are critical to outside-the-box thinking!), and acquiring the skills needed to succeed in science, such as balancing the creative spark with rigorous self-critique. We have the ambitious goal of having a profound impact, not just on the science but also on the individuals we work with. If this sounds like you or the person you want to be, please apply!

To be successful you will need:

  • A Ph.D. in molecular biology, cancer biology, epigenetics or relevant fields.
  • Excellent publication record.
  • Experience in molecular biology and genomics techniques to study transcription and epigenetic regulation, such as IP-MS, ChIP-seq, CUT&RUN/Tag, RNA-seq etc.
  • Experience in cell biology, such as tissue culture, CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, fluorescence microscopy etc.
  • Clear record of driving to success their own research, including experimental design, execution and manuscript writing.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences contains one of Australia's largest concentrations of leading health researchers, teachers and clinical titleholders. It's comprised of eight schools and a number of specialist disciplines, institutes and centres, variously focused on world-class research, and training the next generation of: medical doctors; surgeons; dentists; nurses; psychiatrists; psychologists; and other health professionals.

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About EMBL Australia

Australia is the first Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). EMBL is an international research organisation that fosters excellence by providing a highly collaborative environment that benefits the research of all its scientists, whether at the graduate, post-doctoral or group leader level.

A key initiative of the associate membership is an EMBL Partnership Programme established in 2010, entitled ‘EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network’ (PLN). The partnership aims to seed a dynamic, highly collaborative culture across Australia, conducting research of the highest international standing. The successful candidate will exhibit a strong motivation to work in the multidisciplinary and collaborative environment of the PLN and a willingness to grasp the opportunity to interact with many other research groups across the network. The candidate will also have an opportunity to participate in the activities of the PLN's various programs such as scientific summit and student programs aimed to raise scientific excellence.

If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55 pm, 8th October 2023.

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Dr Qi Zhang
EBML-Australia Group Leader in the Cancer Epigenetics Program at the South Australian immunoGENomics Cancer Institute – SAiGENCI.

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The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.