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Junior Research Fellow, Department of Surgery

Melbourne, Australia
$80,258 - $108,906 p.a. (pro rata)plus 17% super
Closing date
22 Feb 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0061573
Location: St. Vincent’s Hospital 
Role type: Part-time (0.4 FTE); Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Surgery, Melbourne Medical School
Salary: Level A – $80,258 - $108,906 p.a. (pro rata)plus 17% super

  • Cutting-edge research in regenerative medicine with a pioneering stem cell therapies consortium.
  • Opportunity to work with a collaborative team of experts in cartilage tissue engineering.
  • 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

This is an exceptional opportunity for a motivated individual to contribute to cutting-edge research in regenerative medicine. As a junior research fellow with the REMOD group, you'll be part of ARISTOCRAT, a pioneering consortium focused on cartilage-based stem cell therapies. Working alongside a multidisciplinary team of experts, including clinicians, researchers, and industry partners, you'll play a pivotal role in advancing therapies aimed at preventing joint deformities and facial disfigurements.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting laboratory-based research
  • Executing rheological and compression mechanical testing on cartilage tissue and bioscaffolds
  • Designing and testing of 3D printed prototypes.
  • Tissue culture including stem cell isolation, expansion, 3D bioprinting and cells differentiation.

Who We Are Looking For

You excel in time management and communication, guiding students and fostering research collaborations. Your diverse experience includes international orthopedic collaborations and multidisciplinary teamwork.

You will also have:

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering (awarded between 2022 and 2023)
  • BSc with honours in Biomedical Engineering
  • Evidence of publication in the field of cartilage tissue engineering and 3D printing track record as first author.
  • Evidence of participation to national and international conferences in the field of tissue engineering, biomaterials and 3D printing

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 not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Department of Surgery 

The Department of Surgery is a dynamic and diverse team, consisting of dedicated academic surgeons, scientists, and professional staff, all driven by a shared vision to make a significant impact on healthcare and patient outcomes. As part of our commitment to excellence, we offer unparalleled professional development opportunities, enabling our members to excel in research, teaching, and clinical leadership. From cutting-edge discoveries to real-world translation, we cover a broad spectrum of disciplines, including basic and clinical sciences, hospital services, and population health sciences.

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Tara 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: 22 Feb 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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