Post-Doctoral Research Fellows in Physics and Astronomy

Sydney, Australia
$88,420 - $94,760 per annum
20 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Jun 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

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About the Department

The Department of Physics and Astronomy's ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) explores new methods of probing nanoscale phenomena in living systems. This Centre has three nodes: the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia; Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW; and RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria. We currently number over 200 researchers including 10 Chief Investigators, over 10 international Partner Investigators, Associate Investigators, research staff and postgraduate students. The Centre pursues both fundamental and applied research projects. Its investigators have a strong track record of publications in the top journals and through generation of licensed patents.  The details of CNBP and the exciting progress of our research are updated weekly at

The Roles

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP) Macquarie Node is seeking TWO Post-Doctoral Research Fellows to develop and apply new tools for the quantitative optical analysis of molecular processes in living cells. These positions are focussed on the core mission of CNBP of sensing in living biological systems and they will involve a broad range of multidisciplinary collaborations

The successful applicants will be led by our CNBP Chief Investigator and Centre Deputy Director, Professor Ewa Goldys. They will join a large, and growing, group of world-class researchers working in this rapidly developing area. Researchers will work with the large team of researchers in Sydney where the CNBP is based, and will collaborate closely with other leading national and international academic and industrial partners.  The candidate is expected to be highly motivated by problem-solving research (applied sciences) leading to the solutions to the key problems in the field.

Position 1 – Research Fellow in Non-invasive Molecular Sensing Technologies/ Quantitative High Content Imaging

The successful appointee will apply non-invasive, molecularly sensitive hyperspectral imaging to identify signatures of cellular senescence at a single cell level, and to unravel links between NAD+, metabolic regulation and longevity in adult stem cells. Working in partnership with a leading Australian stem cell expert, Professor Stan Gronthos from the University of Adelaide, the candidate will conduct biological and advanced imaging experiments, cell cultures and flow cytometry/ laser scanning microscopy studies and cell-surface labelling.

This position requires advanced training in bioengineering, biology or biotechnology (if carried out in a technology-rich environment), or advanced microscopies (FLIM, SHG, superresolution) and similar. This role will require understanding of fluorescence including in biological settings, and the ability to carry out biological imaging and biological characterisation experiments under supervision as well as interpreting the results. Demonstrated quantitative skills are essential, especially for candidates with biology training. Computer programming skills (in Matlab or Java) will be an advantage. Statistics skills will also be required.

Position 2 – Research Fellow in Nanoscale Analysis

The successful appointee will lead the program to develop novel assays and assay platforms for key analytes of significance for CNBP. Working with other CNBP investigators and external industry partners, the successful candidate will develop new assays combined with new devices for reading out the assay signals, develop and adapt assay chemistry and apply the novel assays to key problems of significance within CNBP. Work will have a strong component of analytical chemistry and nanobiotechnology but also some elements of instrumentation development. A holistic approach to chemical analysis through a tight connection to real biological problems and access to clinical samples within CNBP will offer this appointee a competitive advantage.

This role will require advanced training in Chemistry and the ability or willingness to engage in highly interdisciplinary research outside of chemistry.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for these positions, applicants must respond to the selection criteria below and upload as a separate document in the application process.  Please specify which position you are applying for when you address the selection criteria.


  • PhD in a relevant discipline (Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or similar)
  • Undergraduate and/or Master/Diploma degree training in one of the disciplines relevant to Centre activities
  • Exposure to other disciplines or willingness to cross discipline boundaries
  • Publication record in leading research journals commensurate with experience
  • Demonstrated ability to use applied sciences to solve problems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as a member of a broader team, including with PhD students


  • Role specific skills for each of the advertised roles (e.g. statistical skills and programming skills)

Appointment Information

Position 1 (Research Fellow in invasive Molecular Sensing Technologies/ Quantitative High Content Imaging)

  • Salary Package: from $88,420 - $94,760 per annum (Level A), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Appointment type: full-time, fixed term (1 year) with possibility of an extension. The appointment is expected to commence first half of 2017.
  • Role specific enquires: Professor Ewa Goldys on

Position 2 (Research Fellow in Nanoscale Analysis)

  • Salary Package: from $88,420 - $94,760 per annum (Level A), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Appointment type: full-time, fixed term (3 years) with possibility of an extension. The appointment is expected to commence first half of 2017.
  • Role specific enquires: Professor Ewa Goldys on

Applications Close: Thursday, 1 June 2017 at 11:55pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.