Research Fellow in Nanoneedle Biosensors

Clayton/Parkville, Australia
13 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty / Portfolio: Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences / Drug Delivery Disposition and Dynamics

Location: Clayton / Parkville

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 2 Year fixed-term position

Remuneration:$84,338 $90,532 pa Level A PhD (plus 9.5% employer superannuation)

  • Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), Monash-CSIRO joint funded initiative
  • Cutting edge area of cell-materials interaction research
  • Exciting opportunity with world class facilities and researchers

Everyone needs a platform to launch a satisfying career. At Monash, we give you the space and support to take your career in all kinds of exciting new directions. You’ll have access to quality research, infrastructure and learning facilities, opportunities to collaborate internationally, as well as the grants you’ll need to publish your work. We’re a university full of energetic and enthusiastic minds, driven to challenge what’s expected, expand what we know, and learn from other inspiring, empowering thinkers.

The Opportunity

This represents an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic research group at MIPS working on a Monash-CSIRO-joint funded project within the Probing Biosystems Future Science Platform. The successful applicant would be an important member of a multidisciplinary research team in a cutting edge area of cell-materials interaction research.

The successful candidate will perform original research and apply experimental techniques to perform a range of tasks. This project aims to develop an immunosensors device based on a porous silicon (pSi) nanoneedles for the detection of tumour recurrence. pSi nanoneedles display great potential as a facile, high-throughput, minimally invasive strategy for transdermal investigation due to their low-cost, versatility and ease of use. The system will be used as painless interface between the patient and a sensing device that enables the minimally invasive harvesting of interstitial fluids through the skin and the subsequent detection of cancer biomarkers by means of electrochemical sensing. Once developed, this nanoneedle platform could be readily integrated in conventional skin patch systems and in commercial wearable devices.

The candidate’s attributes:

  • Doctoral qualification in biomedical engineering, bionanotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated competence and experience in nanomaterial fabrication and characterisation;
  • Demonstrated competence and experience in characterising and understanding the bio-nano interface;
  • Demonstrated competence and experience in in vivo experimentation in mice;
  • Additional knowledge in skin science and medical device development is a plus;
  • Evidence of an emerging track record of publications and presentations;
  • The ability to work under pressure and to prioritise tasks to meet deadlines;
  • High levels of initiative and flexibility;
  • Well-developed interpersonal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a team;
  • Ability to work efficiently, meet project timelines, and excellent organisational skills;
  • Ability to create and foster links with relevant industry, business and academic partners.

The position will be assigned in Drug Delivery Disposition and Dynamics, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences (Parkville), primarily based at a Clayton location.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".


Professor Nicolas Voelcker, Director of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, Drug Delivery Disposition and Dynamics, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Parkville, email:

Position Description

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Closing Date

Tuesday 13 March 2018, 11:55pm AEDT

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