Research Fellow (Food Science)

Melbourne, Australia
$101,460-$108,906 p.a. plus 17% super (pro-rata for part time)
11 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
12 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job no: 0059840
Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time 0.6 FTE (Fixed-term for 12 months)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences
Salary: UOM Level A6-A8 - $101,460-$108,906 p.a. plus 17% super (pro-rata for part time)

  • Play a crucial role in conducting cutting-edge research in food and gut microbiota interaction
  • Design, plan, and execute research projects in the field of food and gut microbiota interaction
  • 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

You will play a crucial role in conducting cutting-edge research in food and gut microbiota interaction and collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams to investigate the bioactive components in food, their transformation during digestion and colonic fermentation, and impacts on gut health.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Design, plan, and execute research projects in the field of food and gut microbiota interaction
  • Utilize statistical methods and software tools to analyse experimental data, draw meaningful conclusions, prepare research reports, and publish results in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Work closely with interdisciplinary teams, including microbiologists, biochemists and statisticians, to conduct interdisciplinary research. Assist in the mentoring of PhD and Master’s students, fostering a collaborative research environment
  • Oversee laboratory activities, including updating consumables inventory, ordering consumables, equipment maintenance, and implementing safety protocols.

Who We Are Looking For

You are a highly skilled and detail-oriented candidate with expertise in bioinformatic analysis, qPCR analysis, and chemical analysis of metabolites, who has a proven track record of publishing research in top-tier peer-reviewed journals and can effectively manage multiple tasks.

You will also have:

  • A Ph.D. in Food Science, Nutritional Science, Microbiology or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting experiments, data analysis, and interpretation within the field of food chemistry, gut microbiome, and antibiotic resistant microorganisms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

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

Visa sponsorship is available for this position

Your New Team – “School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences“

The School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences has a vision of science for flourishing environments and communities. The School brings together diverse discipline strengths to lead the development of new interdisciplinary thinking and high-impact solutions for global challenges relating to climate change, food security, healthy food systems, biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, invasive species, and environmentally and economically sustainable agricultural practices. Our expertise spans biophysical, social and technical sciences, and we support a large cohort of PhD students across these domains -

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.

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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 aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

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: THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description: Download File 0059840_Research Fellow in Food Science_PD.pdf

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