Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stem Cell Biology

Sydney, Australia
29 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
05 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

ARC Training Centre for Musculoskeletal Biomedical Technologies
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in research excellence
  • Full-time fixed term for five years. Remuneration package: $106,834 p.a. which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation.

About the opportunity

A postdoctoral position is available in the area of bone tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and in particular in stem cell function regulation. The position is full-time fixed term for five years, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. There is also the possibility of further offers of employment subject to performance, need and funding. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to investigate stem/stromal cell function and microenvironmental regulation by understanding the vital roles of tissue microenvironments (e.g. soluble factors, physical substrates) in controlling stem cell fate for bone regeneration, aiming for the exploration of optimal biomaterials and pharmaceutical molecules for bone tissue repair and regeneration.  

Primary responsibilities will include the investigations of the signalling pathways involved in the interactions between cell/cell, cell/extracellular matrix, cell/soluble factors by various means of cell and  molecular biology skills. You will also be responsible for training PhD and Honours students on cell culturing and molecular biology skills.

This position reports to Hala Zreiqat, Professor Biomedical Engineering. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will collaborate with other researchers and liaise with research, administrative and academic staff of the University.  

Applications should include a research and teaching plan (not to exceed five pages), a detailed resume including a publications list, and the names and addresses of two references.  Applicants must provide half a page to one page proposal for a project that you would like to work on.

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 seeking candidates with:

  • PhD in tissue engineering/stem cell biology or related discipline is required.
  • Prior research experience in studying the signalling pathways involved in the interactions between cell/cell, cell/extracellular matrix, cell/soluble factors by various means of cell and molecular biology skills, particularly in understanding and exploring the differentiation and trophic fuction of stem cells for bone tissue regeneration.
  • Demonstrated success in the publication of high-impact work in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple projects and in corresponding with scientific collaborators.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team environment, as well as independently with minimal supervision in the completion of work tasks with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Maintaining research confidentiality and conform to all requirements for the protection of intellectual property.
  • Ensuring staff and students work and study in an inclusive environment free from all forms of discrimination and harassment.
  • Knowledge of workplace health and safety principles which will enable the appointee to implement these principles at an appropriate level

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led the research and teaching 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 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 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.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria and include your Scopus ID.

Closing date: 11.30pm 05 November 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.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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