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Research Fellow in Multicellular Modelling of Mechanobiology

Melbourne, Australia
$101,460 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
18 Mar 2024

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

Job no: 0061608
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; fixed-term until December 2025
Faculty: Science
Department/School: School of BioSciences / Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute
Salary: Level A – $101,460 - $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Join our innovative Male Infertility and Germ Cell Biology Laboratory and it’s cutting edge research on the cell and microtubule biology of sperm production led by esteemed researchers Prof. Moira O'Bryan and Dr. Jessica Dunleavy.
  • Join one of the largest biotechnology research centres in Australia.
  • 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 Male Infertility and Germ Cell Biology Laboratory, part of the School of BioSciences and located within the Bio21 Molecular Science & Biotechnology Institute, seeks a Research Fellow with expertise in cell and microtubule biology. Led by Professor Moira O’Bryan, the lab aims to uncover key mechanisms in male germ cell development, human male infertility, and the relationship between fertility and health. With a focus on deciphering cytoskeletal structures and transport pathways in sperm production, the Research Fellow, under Dr. Jessica Dunleavy's direction, will conduct and coordinate high-quality research.

Additionally, the role involves supervising undergraduate and post-graduate students.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute to the team's research efforts, progressively developing expertise with increasing autonomy.
  • Under the guidance of senior academic staff, conduct research of international caliber, leading to publications in high-impact journals.
  • Ensure academic papers and other scholarly outputs meet the University of Melbourne's research expectations and standards.
  • Actively participate in research seminars and conferences to disseminate findings to academic audiences.
  • Collaborate on the preparation of research proposal submissions to internal or external funding bodies, adhering to relevant guidelines and criteria.

Who We Are Looking For

Ideally, you will possess a background in cell and molecular biology research, with a strong background in high end microscopy, wet lab experience, strong collaboration skills, a team-oriented mindset, excellent presentation abilities, and prior experience with research publications and/or proposals. A specific background in reproductive biology is not required, but a background in microtubule or cytoskeletal biology would be advantageous.

You will also have:

  • Completion of a PhD in cell and molecular biology or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated experience in high-end imaging techniques, such as scanning and/or transmission electron microscopy, confocal and/or super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, including experience in data analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in key techniques used in molecular and cell biology.
  • A demonstrated aptitude for research, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities.

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

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Your New Team – “The School of BioSciences and Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, Faculty of Science“

The University of Melbourne’s School of BioSciences houses  more than 200 academic staff overall all working on the world’s top biological challenges – from climate change, biosecurity and pollution to reproductive health and food production. The School is a major contributor to the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biomedical Science and the Environmental Science programs, its teaching program reflecting the research interests within the School. 

The University of Melbourne's Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute (Bio21 Institute) is a multidisciplinary research centre, specialising in biomolecular science and medical, agricultural & environmental biotechnology. Accommodating more than 500 research scientists, students, industry participants and administrative staff, the Bio21 Institute is one of the largest biotechnology research centres in Australia.

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: 

  • 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 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: 18 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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