Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences University of New South Wales, School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences Australia

Postdoctoral Fellow


Job no: 495850

Work type: Fixed term / Full time

Location: Sydney, NSW

Categories: Tutor / Associate Lecturer, Scholarship, Lecturer

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  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best


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The School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) has an international reputation in biotechnology, evolutionary and molecular biology, and microbiology. BABS teaches approximately 2,000 full-time equivalent students, and has 34 academics, 28 postdoctoral research associates or fellows. This role will also work closely with the adjacent EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science which houses a ~100 m2 custom-built microscopy laboratory with instruments such a lattice light-sheet microscope, single-objective light-sheet microscopes and dedicated single molecule microscopes.



About the role

  • $75K - $100K plus 9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading less
  • Fixed Term – 12 months. Renewable after 12 months.
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work in the area of microbiology and biophysics as a contract researcher to examine the experimental evolution of the evolution of the bacterial flagellar motor (BFM). A remarkable product of evolution, the BFM rotates at up to 100,000 rpm to drive swimming and navigate bacteria towards food. The Fellow will engineer ancient genes into present day bacterial genomes to ‘re-run’ evolution to make a microbial ‘Jurassic Park’. We combine biotechnology and synthetic biology to direct motor evolution and then apply novel engineered motors to control fluid flows in microreactors.


Our supervisory team has teaching and research experience in biophysics, microbiology, synthetic biology and evolutionary biology and will provide a tailored training environment for the candidate to learn complementary skills in biophysics and microbiology.


The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will report to Dr Matthew Baker and has no direct reports


About the successful applicant


To be successful in this role you will:

  • PhD in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience with bacterial culturing and cloning in E. coli.
  • Demonstrated experience in synthetic biology.
  • Demonstrated experience in microscopy.
  • Excellent organisational, written, and verbal communication skills as demonstrated by publication and conference presentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment and at times with minimal supervision.


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 to the contact listed.



Dr. Matthew Baker


Applications close: January 13th, 2019



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Position Description

Advertised: 14 Dec 2018 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 13 Jan 2019 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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