Research Fellow in Platelet Activation and Binding

Melbourne, Australia
28 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
02 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Melbourne School of Engineering

Salary: $69,148 - $93,830 p.a. plus 9.5% superannuation

The project involves a collaboration between CSL Limited, The University of Melbourne and RMIT University. Funding is through the ARC Linkage Grants scheme (ARC LP160100786).

The aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive experimental program to directly measure platelet interaction and binding over a range of activation levels. The project will develop a key experimental understanding of how the state of platelet activation and their ability to bind are determined by local agonist concentrations, the shear environment, mechanical stresses and platelet history. Preliminary experiments to directly measure platelet interactions using an optical trap in a microfluidic cell have been undertaken. The experimental setup allows the individual platelets to be trapped in physiological solutions while varying critical activation parameters and monitoring the platelet interactions over a range of flow rates. Further to these experiments, rheological characterisation of the platelet suspensions will be undertaken using rheo-fluorescence microscopy.

You will conduct independent research, leading to the preparation and publication of research outcomes in conferences and journals. You will be located in the Department of Chemical Engineering in the Melbourne School of Engineering, and will join the Academic staff at the University of Melbourne. You will be expected to be an active member of the School, collaborating with other researchers. You may undertake small amounts of teaching and research supervision directly related to your area of research, as required.

The Melbourne School of Engineering is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.

The University plan seeks to increase the diversity of the workforce and the representation of women in areas they have been traditionally under-represented. Consistent with this, the School is seeking to increase the representation of women in the academic workforce across engineering disciplines. Under a Special Measure, under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) the School is seeking to lift the representation of women from 20% in 2014 to at least 25% over the next 5 years, and strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female candidates.

Close date: 2 Jan 2018

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