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Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 - $136,136 p.a plus 17% super
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0061544 
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time, Fixed-term- 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology 
Department/School: School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Salary: Level A: $80,258 - $108,906 p.a OR Level B: $114,645 - $136,136 p.a plus 17% super

  • Excellent opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in a renowned academic environment at the University of Melbourne, fostering national and international collaborations and establishing a state-of-the-art laboratory for Advanced Biomaterials.
  • Conduct world-leading research in the field of Advanced Biomaterials, supervise PhD students, and strengthen research links between the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Graeme Clark Institute.
  • 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

The Research Fellow position at the University of Melbourne's school of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering is a dynamic opportunity to contribute to pioneering research in Advanced Biomaterials while cultivating global partnerships to enhance the university's prominence in biomedical innovation. Reporting to Professor David Nisbet, you will be part of projects, supervise PhD students, and foster collaborative relationships to propel the institution's position as a frontrunner in the field nationally and internationally. Embrace this role to not only advance your career but also contribute significantly to the intellectual vibrancy of the department, faculty, and wider university community.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Undertake internationally competitive research, resulting in publications in high impact journals.
  • Contribute to and publish academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne.
  • Actively participate in research seminars and conferences to disseminate research findings as opportunities arise.
  • Contribute to the preparation, or where appropriate, individual preparation of research proposal submissions to internal or external funding bodies as relevant.

Who We Are Looking For

You will actively engage with professional and industry bodies, fostering collaborative partnerships, while maintaining and cultivating new collaborations, including supervision of research students within collaborators' laboratories. Additionally, you will contribute to the effective supervision of junior and postgraduate research students or projects, actively participating in research training initiatives.

You will also have:

  • Completion (or nearing) of a PhD in Biomedical Engineering or Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology and Materials Science or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in cell culture, protein engineering, and in vivo animal work.
  • A demonstrated aptitude for research, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with relevant professional and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships.

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

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – The Department of Biomedical Engineering is a vibrant and rapidly growing department within Melbourne School of Engineering, working on some of the most challenging problems at the interface of engineering with life and medical sciences. The central aim of the Department is to apply interdisciplinary expertise and thinking to make new discoveries and provide innovative solutions that will improve healthcare and social wellbeing.

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.

Be Yourself

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 reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

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 Shabon Nawabi 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: 1st March 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) / Melbourne time zone. 

Position Description: Download File 0061544 Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering Position Description.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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