Research Associate in Biology

Randwick, Australia
28 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

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

The School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) at UNSW Sydney is located at the Kensington campus. We have an international reputation in biotechnology, molecular and cellular biology, and microbiology. Particular areas of research strength within these fields include proteomics and genomics, gene regulation, metabolism, environmental microbiology and infectious diseases. BABS hosts the Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, which has world class facilities for sequencing and is arguably Australia’s premier facility for research genomics. BABS is also home to the Systems Biology Initiative, which is supported by high-performance computing facilities, including national supercomputers.

Our researchers also have access to outstanding proteomics and metabolomics facilities at the UNSW Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry Facility and the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre which provide state-of-the-art facilities and services. BABS has collaborative links with the Garvan Institute, the Lowy Cancer Research Centre and other biomedical research organisations within and outside Sydney. For more information about the School, please visit:

About the role

  • A$90K-A$96K plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading 
  • Fixed Term for 12 months
  • Full-time

We seek an enthusiastic Research Associate to join a synthetic biology research group and develop protein-based biomaterials with novel chemical, electronic and structural properties. 

You will use your experience in protein engineering, expression and purification to assemble protein components, such as bioactive filaments, into functional nanoscale devices. Applications for these devices include bioelectronics, biosensors, enzymatic fuel cells, and biomedical scaffolds. The position may also provide opportunities to work directly with international collaborators.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will possess:

  • PhD or equivalent relevant qualification in biochemistry, bioengineering, chemistry or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in protein engineering, recombinant protein expression in a microbial system, and protein purification using various chromatography techniques.
  • Proven ability in one or more of the following techniques: protein modelling and structure prediction, electron microscopy (TEM, SEM or cryo-EM), atomic force microscopy, Biacore SPR, circular dichroism, mammalian cell culture, or electrochemistry.
  • Demonstrated interest or background in synthetic biology or biological engineering.

Please refer to the full selection criteria listed in the position description. 
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.


Dr Dominic Glover


T: (61 2) 9385 3382

Applications close:  23 August 2017