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Postdoctoral Fellow (Maier)

Canberra, Australia
$80,914 - $101,560 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Closing date
17 Mar 2024

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time, Part Time

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $80,914 - $101,560 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Full-time, Fixed Term, for up to 24 months (part-time or flexible working hours will be considered)

The Position

This is a key role in a friendly and dynamic research group focused on molecular parasitology with an active program in interdisciplinary research. Our group tackles a wide range of research questions including how parasites persist in the host and how they cause disease. The motivation is not only to unravel fascinating biological concepts, but also convert these discoveries into applications that benefit humans, animals, and the environment. As part of this position the cell biology and biochemistry of the malaria parasite will be investigated.

This position is associated with an ARC Discovery Grant awarded to Prof Alex Maier and colleagues, titled “Targeting the host lipid environment to disrupt malaria transmission”. The transmission of malaria parasites is crucial for their survival and dissemination, and the parasites encounter completely different environments upon the transition from human to the mosquito host. Using cell biological, biochemical and reverse genetics approaches, this project will identify micronutrients essential for transmission, and will investigate their uptake and storage. The Postdoctoral Fellow conducts experiments and provides comprehensive support on a diverse range of research activities. These activities are primarily in the areas of generating and maintaining parasite cell line in culture, but also parasite genetics, flow cytometry, imaging and lipid and protein biochemistry.

The Person

We are looking for a research scientist with a background in molecular parasitology or lipid biochemistry. Experience with reverse genetics (particularly CRISPR/Cas9 technologies) and/or lipid analysis, is ideal but not essential.

We are looking for someone who is curious about host-parasite interactions and keen to find new ways to fight malaria. Our ideal candidate likes challenging problems, has excellent research and communications skills and is able to work both independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary, international research team.

Learn more about the research group here (, and the ground-breaking research and world class facilities of the Research School of Biology here (

For more information about the position please contact Prof Alex Maier (

Working at ANU

This is an opportunity to work with a world class University that undertakes cutting edge research and has a strong tradition in research-led teaching excellence.

We offer:

  • Flexible working arrangements including hybrid arrangements working both on our beautiful, green campus and working remotely,
  • Generous paid parental leave entitlements of up to 32 weeks. We are one of the leading employers in Australia for parental leave entitlements,
  • Designated parent rooms, quiet spaces and childcare facilities on campus,
  • Career support, training, mentoring & upskilling opportunities.

For more information on a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs, please click here.

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A Diverse and Inclusive Team

ANU is introducing measures to support the recruitment, inclusion and retention of employees with disability. To find out more, please click here.

ANU is a large, diverse employer with staff working across numerous professions (see the full list of available roles here). We are a recipient of the bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program and a platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities and from individuals who may have had a non-linear career path, career gaps or career breaks.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents:

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), and
  • No more than a two page summary addressing your suitability against the selection criteria.

The committee will consider candidates that do not meet one or more aspects of the selection criteria.

If shortlisted, candidates will be asked to complete a:

  • 30 minutes interview

If you require adjustments to participate in any of the above assessments, please contact our HR team at E: Any adjustment request or the disclosure of disability will not be communicated to the selection committee without the candidates consent and it will not have any bearing on hiring decisions.

For examples of common reasonable adjustments please click here.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

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