ARC Research Associate

Adelaide, Australia
26 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Prestigious international university
  • Wide range of employee benefits
  • Exciting opportunity for an organic chemist or chemical biologist

The University of Adelaide is one of Australia's leading Group of Eight, research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia's third oldest university with a strong reputation for preparing educated leaders and delivering research outcomes that contribute to local, national and global wellbeing.

University of Adelaide employees enjoy a range of benefits and favourable work conditions that include opportunities for career development and advancement. 

The Faculty of Sciences is one of five faculties at the University of Adelaide. As the first university in Australia to grant degrees in science (1882), science has long been at the cornerstone of the institution and this continues today. As a research and education leader in fields such as agriculture, food & wine, animal & veterinary sciences, biological sciences, and physical sciences, the Faculty offers an exciting and innovative work environment.

The successful applicant will be part of a dynamic team of chemists working under the supervision of Professor Andrew Abell as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP, see in conjunction with the Discipline of Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. The Discipline of Chemistry is part of the School of Physical Sciences within the Faculty of Sciences and brings together internationally recognised contemporary research across a range of areas including chemical biology and materials science.

The CNBP pursues fundamental science at the interface of chemistry, biology and photonics to probe complex and dynamic nano-environments within living organisms. We use light to interrogate nanoscale domains to provide unprecedentedly localized measurements and sensing. One can then begin to understand how single cells react to and communicate with, their surroundings. This science underpins a new generation of devices capable of probing the response of cells within individuals to environmental conditions or treatment, creating innovative and powerful new sensing platforms.

The CNBP is headquartered at the University of Adelaide with nodes at Macquarie University and RMIT University. Australian partners include CSIRO, SAHMRI, Bioplatforms Australia and Olympus Australia. International partners include: University of Southampton, City University London, IPHT Jena, Peking University, Huazhong University, University of Toronto and Heraeus.

Salary: Level A, Step 6 ($83,307 - $89,425 per annum)

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 17% may apply

Term of position: This three year fixed term position is available from January 2018

Position requirements

To be successful you should have:

  1. PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in organic chemistry and/or chemical biology
  2. An ability to synthesise complex biological molecules and collaboratively study their properties in biological systems
  3. An ability to work across disciplines in a multidisciplinary setting
  4. A commitment to research excellence and proven record of publications in top ranked journals
  5. Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  7. Excellent organisational and time management skills

Please address and upload your responses to the selection criteria within the online application along with the names and contact details of three referees. If you have any queries with regards to the application process for this position please contact Michelle Carter, HR Officer, email: If you have any queries regarding this position, please contact Mel Trebilcock, Partnerships, Business Development & Events Manager, email:

To obtain a copy of the Position Description/Selection Criteria, please visit the University of Adelaide Job opportunities page via this link:

Closing date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.