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Lecturer, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Genetics

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$108,509 - $128,404 p.a. (pro-rata) plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
7 May 2024

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  • Grow your academic career as part of a vibrant community of scholars and educators
  • Level B, full-time appointment on a fixed term basis until 31 December 2027
  • Base salary range: $108,509 - $128,404 p.a. (pro-rata) plus 17% superannuation

School of Molecular Sciences

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

The UWA School of Molecular Sciences educates the leaders of tomorrow and generates translatable, practical solutions to significant global problems. Research and undergraduate and postgraduate education in the School span the fields of: human, microbial and plant biochemistry; chemical and molecular biology; systems biology; molecular genetics; ’omics technologies; synthetic biology; chemistry; materials; and nanotechnologies. The School has a strong PhD cohort supported by successful, externally funded research programmes. Collaborations exist with national and international universities, industry, hospitals, and community stakeholders, generating high quality publications, patents, and spin-out companies.

The School currently has 26 academic staff, who together offer experience in teaching and research in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Chemistry. Teaching in the School is further supported by a dedicated and experienced group of technical and administrative staff.

About the opportunity

In this position, you will undertake teaching and independent research in an area related to the core disciplines of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and/or Genetics. You will develop a vibrant research program supported by nationally competitive grant funding and/or industry engagement, and attracting and supervising Honours, Masters and PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. You will deliver high-quality face-to-face and online teaching sessions and effective coordination of teaching and learning activities across the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and/or Genetics curricula.

You will be supported to develop your career through a generous start-up package, formal mentoring arrangements, peer observation of teaching, and professional development opportunities in both research and teaching activities.

About you 

You will be a collaboratively-minded colleague, and an enthusiastic educator committed to developing skills demonstrating teaching excellence. You will have a strong focus on the student experience, through the delivery of quality face-to-face and on-line teaching sessions and effective coordination of teaching and learning activities across the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and/or Genetics curricula.

To be considered for this opportunity, you will have:

  • A PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, another academic field relevant to the discipline or other appropriate higher professional qualification
  • A demonstrable track record of excellence in research evidenced by peer-reviewed journal articles published in high quality journals, relative to opportunity  
  • A demonstrable emerging track record of competitive funding success, relative to opportunity   
  • Demonstrate evidence of successful supervision or co-supervision of HDR students, relative to opportunity    
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, and motivation for team success
  • Capability to deliver and coordinate effective teaching, including research-based training, to large student cohorts and develop assessment and other materials for units and courses, including online resources
  • Experience with, or willingness to, gain competency in learning management software and electronic learning environments

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: PD - Lecturer 517104.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Tuesday, 7 May 2024

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Paul Low at

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.

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