Research Associate in Marine Microbiology

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Bedford Park, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime

Position Details 

  • Fixed-Term for 5 years | Full-Time

  • Academic Level A | $ 90,275 - $96,742 p.a. 

  • Location: Bedford Park 

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About the College of Science and Engineering 

At the College of Science and Engineering, we strive to advance fundamental science, to create new technologies, and to work across discipline boundaries. Our interests scale from the sub-atomic through to entire oceans and beyond. We seek to understand the past, but also to create the world of the future. Our College is an exciting place to research, study, and work, supported by best practice teaching methods, practical work-related learning, and advanced facilities. We believe in the power of science and engineering to solve real world problems.

About the Role 

Working with the Chief Investigator and research team, you will undertake research in Marine Microbiology. As a Postdoctoral Research Associate, you will lead the design and execution of research to assess the antifouling performance of key platform materials. This will involve monitoring the impact of water quality parameters and environmental conditions on the antifouling performance.

The project will gauge the performance of materials in the context of the Australian environment and will focus on the key port environments of Port River, Osborne (South Australia) and HMAS Stirling, Cockburn Sound (Western Australia). The methodologies and protocols developed may be rolled out to future sites of interest as and when required.

About You 

You will be a high-level communicator with well-developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to collaborate and engage with diverse stakeholders and industry partners. You will demonstrate experience in environmental microbiology, including DNA extraction, PCR, next generation sequencing, and in the analysis of 16S rRNA gene amplicon data using programming and biostatistical skills.

To be successful in this role you will also demonstrate a PhD in Marine Microbiology or Marine Biology or significant progress towards completion of a PhD in these areas.

Life at Flinders 

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world. 

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders?  

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options 

  • Flexible working arrangements 

  • Wide range of professional development activities and services 

  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff 

  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care services , gym  and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia). 

Prescribed Conditions for Employment 

  • The incumbent will be required to attain, and maintain, an Australian Security clearance level NV1 as determined under the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF).

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position. 

  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy   

How to Apply and Information 

  • You are required to submit Suitability Statement of no more than 3 pages, addressing the Key Position Capabilities of the position description .

  • For more information regarding this position, please contact Sophie Leterme

Applications to be submitted before 11:59 pm Wednesday 18 January 2023.

Late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted. 

Applications to be submitted before 11.59pm:

18 Jan 2023

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Flinders. Fearless.

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