Postdoctoral Research Associate in Photosynthesis

Sydney, Australia
21 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science

  • Join an organisation that encourage progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in Photosynthesis Research
  • Full-time, 3 year fixed term contract, remuneration package: $106K –$114K.a. (which includes salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuation)

About the opportunity 

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis (ARC CoETP) - University of Sydney Node (the Node) at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Sydney is seeking to appoint one Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of Plant Molecular Biology in relation to light-harvesting complexes and chlorophyll biochemistry. The position is full-time fixed term for three years, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees at the University of Sydney.

ARC CoETP seeks to develop and harness advances in photosynthesis research for photosynthetic improvement ( and the Node focuses on improving light energy efficiency. The successful appointee will establish the research programs that complement and extend the research activities funded in the Node. A key feature of research within the Centre is the ability to conduct research across a range of scales from pigment molecules to its biosynthetic pathways, from the genes encoding the enzymes involving in the chlorophyll biosynthesis to manipulating the pigment compositions in whole plants and crops.

The Primary responsibilities of this position will include continuing the laboratory research program investigating light-harvesting complexes, identification of candidate genes encoding the enzymes involved in the modification of chlorophylls, and the technologies for transforming/changing pigments and their associated proteins in order to improve light-harvesting efficiency.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • A doctoral degree in Plant biochemistry/Plant Molecular Biology or in a relevant field;
  • Prior research experience in the use of research methodologies related to molecular mechanisms of light-harvesting complexes and chlorophyll;
  • Demonstrated success in the publication of high-impact work in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals;
  • Skills in molecular spectral analysis, HPLC/FPLC, and genetic modification technologies in bacteria and plants.
  • Ability to work in a complex and challenging environment both autonomously and as a part of a team. 

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11:30 pm 17 September 2017 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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