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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Genomics

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 – $186,288 p.a.
Closing date
25 Mar 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0061597 & 0061596
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Continuing (tenure track)
Faculty: Science
Department/School: School of BioSciences
Salary: Levels B-C-D – AUD $114,645 – $186,288 p.a. plus 17% super (retirement savings plan)

  • Two exciting opportunities are available in the fields of computational genomics and functional genomics.
  • Join The University of Melbourne’s School of BioSciences.
  • 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 School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne is seeking two enthusiastic and collaborative academic colleagues with expertise in genomics. 

One appointment will focus on computational and/or computational synthetic genomics, while the other will specialise in functional or synthetic genomics (wet-lab-based research). 

Applicants interested in plant, insect, and microbial systems or using established model systems from these taxonomic groups are particularly encouraged to apply. 

As part of our commitment to diversity, at least one successful appointee will be female. 

Both positions offer opportunities for research, teaching, and service components, with potential affiliation with the Melbourne Institute of Genomics and close interaction with the ARC Centre of Excellence in The Mathematical Analysis of Cellular Systems.  

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Undertake internationally competitive independent and/or team-based research, resulting in diverse research outputs such as peer-reviewed publications, patents, license agreements, government reports, and scholarly materials for teaching and learning. 
  • Contribute to teaching by coordinating, developing and delivering  subjects in genomics, genetics and quantitative skills for biologists. As subject coordinators, you will lead academic colleagues in curriculum development and delivery to ensure the successful implementation of course objectives at the University of Melbourne. 
  • Actively participate at School and/or Faculty meetings and play a leadership role in planning activities or committee work to support capacity building and strategic planning in the School. 
  • Participate in supervising research team members and junior academics within the School, under the direction of the Head of School. As a supervisor, actively engage in fostering learning and career development opportunities for both yourself and those you supervise, promoting a positive and supportive environment for professional growth. 

Who We Are Looking For 

You will ideally possess a dedication to teaching and research excellence, strong collaboration skills, the ability to think innovatively across disciplines, a research focus on genomics in plant, insect, and microbial systems, and a background in running a diverse, collaborative research programs. 

You will also have: 

  • PhD in genomics, synthetic biology or a related field of biology. 
  • Excellent track record, relative to opportunity, in conducting research and publishing in top peer-reviewed academic journals. 
  • Experience teaching into genetics, genomics and/or quantitative biology subjects (as a graduate student demonstrator or tutor for level B; as a member of a lecturer for level C; as a coordinator for level D) at the tertiary level. 
  • Track record of successfully mentoring postgraduate research students as a co-supervisor (B/C) or as a primary supersvior (Level D) 
  • Obtained research funding through competitive student scheme (Level B),ECR scheme from internal university sources or small external funding programs (Level Bor C) or as a lead Chief or Principle Investigator for larger external funding programs (Level D). 

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

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position

Your New Team – “The School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science“

The School of BioSciences is the home to over 50 research groups, 5 research Centres, 160 academic staff and 240 Research Higher Degree students. Work in the School ranges from discovery to biotechnology with strengths in ecology and evolution, marine biology, microbial biology, genetics and genomics, animal behaviour, biosecurity and pest management, reproductive biology, systems biology, biological pollution and botany. The School is a major contributor to the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Environmental Science programs. 

Science at Melbourne is a global leader across fundamental and impactful scientific research and education. Science begins with curiosity, and we are dedicated to understanding the universe from the level of sub-atomic particles to the solar system. We aim to be leaders who positively impact the community locally and globally, addressing major societal issues from climate change to disease. Our discoveries help build an understanding of the world around us.

We have more than 150 years of experience in pioneering scientific thinking and analysis, leading to outstanding teaching and learning and offer a curriculum based on highly relevant research. We aim to train students with the knowledge and intellectual flexibility to drive the industries of tomorrow and lead across all levels of society.

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: 

  • CV 
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience  (maximum 2 pages) 
  • Research statement (maximum 1 page)  
  • Teaching Statement (maximum 1 page)  
  • Equality and Diversity statement (maximum 1 page)  

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description though collectively across your materials, it should be clear how each criteria is met. 

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Anna Gradoboeva 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.

Position Description

Applications close: 25 Mar 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


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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