Associate Professor/Senior Research Fellow in Algal Bioproducts

Sydney, Australia
14 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
13 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Climate Change Cluster (C3), Faculty of Science      

Job Summary          

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. 

The Climate Change Cluster (C3)  is currently in a phase of significant growth in response to changes in the Australian and international research environments. As such, we are currently looking to appoint an Associate Professor/ Senior Research Fellow in Algal Bioproducts (Level C/D).

Detailed Description          

About the role

This newly created position will see you taking a lead role in the growing the algal bioproducts team. You will be tasked with engaging new industry partnerships and collaborations that will lead to further publications, research funding and commercial opportunities, at the same time maintaining existing industry relationships.

The team has emerged from recent research into the potential industrial uses for algae, such as animal feeds, nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals, and has now reached the stage where it needs independent leadership to enable it to meet its research potential. At the Associate Professor level the position will take strategic responsibility for the direction of the team within the C3 strategic plan as well as undertake the day to day management of projects and staff. An appointment at the Senior Research Fellow level will take day to day responsibility for the team and work with the Executive Director of C3 for the strategic direction of the team. In particular you will have ultimate responsibility for the growth of the algal bioproducts research program and will work closely with industry partners to identify and deliver outcomes. 

About the Institute

Since its inception in 2008, the Climate Change Cluster (C3) at the University of Technology Sydney has been delivering on its strategic plan to build momentum, increase impact and be recognised internationally for its research excellence.

The institute has quadrupled in size since 2008 and has expanded its research capability from ecology to include additional expertise in plant physiology, microbiology, cellular biology, microfluidics, biochemistry, molecular biology (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics), physics (bio-optics), ecological modelling, chemistry, bio-informatics and remote sensing.

About you

To be successful in securing the role you will have a:

  • PhD in a relevant field such as  biotechnology, phycology, marine biology
  • Demonstrated track record of scientific publications and successful research funding of research with impact relevant to an appointment at this level
  • Demonstrated experience  of successfully managing a team of high performing researchers
  • Strong and broad understanding of the key principles and questions within the field of algal biotechnology and an insight into the potential directions of the bioeconomy,
  • Detailed knowledge of algal physiology, molecular biology, synthetic biology, biochemistry and metabolic engineering of algae
  • Strong working knowledge of the production of raw materials, including scaling up  production of biofuels, nutraceuticals and/or pharmaceuticals


Salary Range: $121,469 to $155,915 pa (Level C/D)

This role attracts 17% superannuation in addition to the base salary. Employee benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for 4 years.

How to Apply          

Prior to commencing your application for IRC95431, please review the Position Statement and the relevant selection criteria, which you are required to address in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Answering Selection Criteria

Please note that only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC95431.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team on or +61 (02) 9514 1080.

Specific enquiries on the role can be directed to Professor Peter Ralph at

Closing Date:  Thursday 24th August 2017 at 11.59pm (AEST)

Please note: We are only accepting on-line applications for this post, however, if you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to provide us with information in this way, please contact the Recruitment Team for assistance.

UTS is widely acknowledged as a leader in promoting gender equity and social justice. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, UTS is a current participant in the SAGE pilot program, Australia’s trial of the Athena Swan gender equity accreditation program. We welcome applications from women, particularly for senior and non-traditional roles.

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