Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Chemistry

Joondalup, Perth, Australia
$95,979 - $113,978
30 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
22 Jan 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


ALEVB $95,979 - $113,978


A unique opportunity has opened up at the School of Science, Edith Cowan University, for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher in the field of mass-spectrometry based analytical chemistry to help drive forward the new Centre for Integrative Metabolomics & Computational Biology research facility.

The Role

We are seeking to employ a research fellow with a PhD in Mass-Spectrometry based Metabolomics, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related discipline, with an exceptional track record in metabolomics research and demonstrable expertise in Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS). The primary role of successful applicant will lead the use and development of the centre’s Thermo Q Exactive Orbitrap GC-MS as a tool for metabolomics analysis. The successful applicant will also work as a primary member of a dynamic team of metabolomics researchers utilizing a diverse suite of Thermo mass spectrometry equipment. There will be significant opportunity, and expectation, for the successful applicant to develop their own research program, lead research projects, and grant applications. Applicants with a particular interest in Clinical, Ecological or Marine Metabolomics, in addition to method development are particularly encouraged to apply.


The Centre for Integrative Metabolomics & Computational Biology (CIMCB) is a multi-million dollar facility founded on a unique and innovative collaboration between Edith Cowan University and the multinational biotechnology company Thermo Fischer Scientific.  For more information regarding CIMCB please visit our website

CIMCB is based at the ECU Joondalup Campus, 30 minutes from the state capital Perth, on the west coast Australia. WA has one of the most beautiful coastlines the world, with over 19 beaches in Perth alone, and over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year (the sunniest city in Australia).  Perth's combination of big-city attractions with relaxed and informal surroundings offers an excellent balanced work/life environment.

Qualifications and Experience

The applicant should embody and demonstrate personal attributes that are congruent with the University’s values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry and Personal Excellence, in addition to the following:


  • PhD in Metabolomics, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related discipline.
  • Evidence of experience (>3 years) in Mass Spectrometry based Metabolomics.
  • Strong practical expertise in chromatographic methods (both gas and liquid).
  • Experience in working with complex small molecule samples and multi-batch analytical experiments.
  • Proactive design/implementation of new analytical methods.
  • Experience in metabolomics techniques for Study Design, Quality Control, and Reporting Standards.
  • Experience in Metabolite deconvolution software.
  • Experience in Mass Spectral Databases & HMDB etc.
  • An exceptional publications track record.
  • Self-motivated and confident, willing to take the initiative.
  • Exceptional communication skills, and display strong leadership.
  • Promote and publish in this area of research.
  • Engage in the supervision/training of research students and project team members.


  • Experience in managing large biological/clinical studies.
  • Evidence of experience (>3 years) in Gas Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry.
  • Significant research publications in Applied Metabolomics.
  • Experience in metabolomics data analysis and statistics.

Benefits & Remuneration

This full-time, fixed term position attracts remuneration of ALEVB AU$95,979 - AU$113,978 (dependant on experience) plus 17% University superannuation contribution.

ECU supports a work/life balance for staff.  Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.
For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our Future Staff website.


Interested applicants are encouraged to email Professor David Broadhurst ( at for further information.

How to Apply:

Please upload your CV along with a statement addressing the selection criteria.

Closing Date:

Applications close on 22nd January 2017 at 9:30pm WST

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