Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology

Randwick, Australia
08 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

At the Single Molecule Science node we seek researchers to develop and drive novel conceptual and experimental approaches for challenging problems in cell biology. The successful applicant will play a central role in conducting a research project in the Poole group investigating the function of mechanically-gated ion channels in at the interface between cells and their substrates. The applicant will also experimentally support students and other researchers in the group and help define and drive new research directions aligned with the overall goals of the group. We seek an independent-minded postdoctoral researcher, committed to excellent research, with good team building and interpersonal skills, who will help us turn the group’s visions into reality.

About the role

  • $73,597 - $98,127 plus (9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading)
  • FixedTerm 12 months with possibility of renewal
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

We currently have an exciting position for an electrophysiologist to join our team as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist. In this role, you will be responsible for driving a research project in the Poole Group. The group conducts research on the composition and function of force-sensing ion channel complexes, including those containing the PIEZO proteins. Our research seeks to define the role and regulation of such channels in various mechanosensitive cells, including chondrocytes and cancerous cells.

About the successful applicant

Applicants with a research background in electrophysiology and a proven track-record of research excellence are strongly encouraged

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in biology or biophysics
  • Demonstrated proficiency in patch-clamp electrophysiology (acquisition and analysis)
  • Proven capacity for working collaboratively within a team
  • Strong track record in communicating research outcomes (i.e. via publications and conferences)
  • Demonstrated ability to write scientific manuscripts

Experience in any of the following would be advantageous:

  • Microscopy imaging and analysis (emphasis on live-cell imaging)
  • Demonstrated experience in the study of mechanically-gated ion channels
  • Biological modelling and simulations
  • Cell culture

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Dr. Kate Poole, EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science


T: (61 2) 9385 1764

Applications close: 14 March 2018