Postdoctoral Research Officer in Parasitology

Adelaide, Australia
08 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
08 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Prestigious international university
  • Wide range of employee benefits
  • NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Officer (A)

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 particularly strong reputation for scientific research. 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 biomedical sciences, agriculture, environmental and earth sciences, the Faculty of Sciences offers an exciting and innovative work environment.

The School of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Sciences brings together the disciplines of cellular and molecular biology, ecology and environmental sciences, and genetics, genomics & evolutionary biology. The School is dedicated to delivering undergraduate and postgraduate education, training and research, which provides both national relevance and global outreach to networks in the public and private sectors.

We invite independently-motivated researchers to apply for a post-doctoral position to investigate the activity and targets of drugs against diverse species of malaria parasites, contributing to the development and application of next-generation antimalarials. The project is housed in the Malaria Biology laboratory, within the Research Centre for Infectious Diseases (RCID). The aim of the project is to define the stage of activity of a panel of currently used and in-development drugs against malaria parasites, define their potency against malaria field isolates, assist in identification of the mechanism of action of a novel class of drugs under development and development of next-generation analogues. The successful applicant will contribute their skills and expertise to this project, which involves close collaborations with the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute and the Menzies School of Health Research.

Position requirements

 To be successful you should have:

  • A PhD in parasitology, mammalian cell drug development or related appropriate discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in parasite or mammalian cell culture techniques
  • Demonstrated experience in flow-cytometry and/or fluorescence microscopy assays and assay development
  • Experience in molecular biology and/or proteomics techniques an advantage
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to liaise, collaborate and interact with a wide range of national and international scientific researchers
  • Ability to work independently as well as effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team and to meet deadlines and complete manuscripts in a timely manner
  • Experience in supervision of students in a laboratory setting.

Salary: (Level A) $82,246 - $89,425 per annum.

This fixed term contract is available immediately, for a period of 12 months with a possibility of renewal depending on funding and progress.

Superannuation: An employer contribution of 9.5% applies. 

Please address and upload your CV, responses addressing the selection criteria and include the contact details of 3 referees within the online application. 

Enquiries about the job specifications should be directed to Dr Danny Wilson (

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Closing date: 16 March 2018

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