Research Associate in Medical Science

Kensington, New South Wales, Australia
$70,000-$93,000 plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
11 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
07 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of the Asia-Pacific’s leading research intensive Universities
  • Strong regional and global engagement
  • Cutting edge facilities and equipment

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

About the role

  • $70K to $$93K  plus (9.5% superannuation and leave loading)
  • 12 months fixed term from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017 with possibiility of renewal
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The successful candidate will build and maintain a structured illumination microscopy (SIM) with total internal reflectance fluorescence (TIRF) illumination using the design published by Dong Li, Eric Betzig, and co-authors (Li D, et al. Science, 2015.). The candidate additionally will maintain and enhance the capabilities of a prototype lattice light-sheet microscope implemented by 3i (Chen, et al, Science, 2014) currently installed in the lab. He/she will closely collaborate with cell biologists and as such will have an active role in data acquisition using both instruments, working for example on projects that examine T cell activation and endocytosis. The researcher will also make major contributions to data analysis, especially in SIM reconstruction and 3D rendering. Further, the successful postdoctoral candidate will be asked to conceive and implement experimental approaches, training and supervision of research staff and students and to present results in the form of publications, international conference presentations and potentially grant applications.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in biology, chemistry, (bio)physics, optical, electrical, or bioengineering, or related science
  • Demonstrated experience in advanced fluorescence microscopy and analysis, preferable in structured illumination microscopy (SIM)
  • Demonstrated experience in design and building of advanced fluorescence microscopes
  • Demonstrated experience in cellular and live-cell imaging, preferably imaging of mammalian cells

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

You may be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment to this role.


Scientia Professor Katharina Gaus MPhil PhD (Cantab)


T: (61 2) 9385 1377

Applications close: 7 November 2016