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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Natural Sciences

North Ryde, Australia
$102,501 (Step 6) to $109,852 (Step 8) p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation
Closing date
7 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity for a researcher exists in the School of Natural Sciences at Macquarie University. We are seeking a qualified Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a team with an international reputation for producing high quality research outcomes in biomedical synthetic biology. We are seeking a passionate and highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to join our synthetic biology project developing new biological drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease.

The successful candidate will work on engineering new biologics in yeast and plants to develop novel therapeutic approaches for Alzheimer's disease that will be assessed in pre-clinical culture human neurons and genetic mouse models. The successful candidate will have a proactive role and freedom to shape the project's overall direction. This position is funded by an Ideas Grant from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Reporting to Dr Briardo Llorente, you will:

  • Contribute to the research and development of novel therapeutic approaches for Alzheimer's disease
  • Conduct experimental work, data analysis and interpretation of results;
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders (e.g., collaborators);
  • Mentor masters and/or PhD students;
  • Communicate research findings in scientific journals and at conferences

About You

You will have completed a PhD in synthetic biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, biology, or a closely related discipline. You will enjoy bringing impactful research outcomes and working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team. Your collaborative approach to working with others will ensure you perform effectively within a multi-disciplinary environment. If you are an excellent communicator with a proactive nature and are flexible and resilient in your approach, then this is a role you will thrive in and a team you will enjoy working with.

About Us

Our state-of-the-art laboratory at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology is co-located with the Australian Genome Foundry at Macquarie University in North Ryde, Sydney, Australia, and is equipped with cutting-edge robotic platforms and highly qualified staff. Macquarie University also has a modern and highly sophisticated plant growth facility with controlled environments, including a PC2 glasshouse certified for work with genetically modified plants.

You will join a large group with a vibrant intellectual environment and researchers from around the world aiming to push the boundaries of synthetic biology. Our team is a collegial and diverse community that is inclusive and supportive. You will have ample opportunity to collaborate with world-class researchers. This project is part of an ongoing collaboration with Professor Lars Ittner, Director of the Dementia Research Centre at Macquarie University, to translate research into novel therapies for Alzheimer's disease.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is a young and dynamic faculty driven by the spirit of discovery. Here we nurture the next generation of science and technology innovators. From a handful of students on the University's first day, the Faculty now serves over 8,000 students across all our courses.

The School of Natural Sciences at Macquarie University was established on 1 January 2022 through the amalgamation of the Departments of Biological Sciences, Molecular Sciences, and Earth and Environmental Sciences. The School is the largest in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and is a vibrant community of educators, researchers and students working across a wide range of biological, biomolecular, biomedical, chemical, environmental and geoscience disciplines.

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 59 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we've grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, applicants must address the selection criteria below, and attach your CV, a statement of research interests and achievements.


  • PhD in synthetic biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, biology or a related field.
  • Experience in plant synthetic biology, genetic engineering, molecular biology, and biochemistry.
  • Ability to lead research and work collaboratively as part of a research group and with collaborators.
  • Ability to foster a nurturing environment for research students including the provision of research student supervision.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability for analytical thinking and independent problem solving.


  • Relevant plant synthetic biology publications.

We welcome and encourage applications from under-represented groups. We value a diverse research environment. If you are interested in the role but you are not sure you have all the necessary skills, please apply and let us decide.

Salary package: Level A, from $102,501 (Step 6) to $109,852 (Step 8) p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term for 2 years

Enquiries: Briardo Llorente at

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