Research Officer / Senior Research Officer in Immunology/Biochemistry/Cell Biology

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 19 Jan 2023

Location: Parkville
Role type: Fixed term for 1 year with the possibility of extension up to 5 years
Faculty: The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: The Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology
Salary: $77,171 - $104,717 p.a. (Level A) or $110,236 - $130,900 p.a. (Level B) p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology

The Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology has critical mass, interdisciplinary teaching and a remarkable breadth and depth in research expertise that underpin our key themes of molecular understanding of biology and disease, translational research, drug discovery and development.

About the Role

You will join the laboratory of Prof Jose Villadangos in the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the Bio21 Institute and develop, under the strategic supervision and mentorship of Prof Villadangos, a well-funded and supported, semi-independent research program on “A Novel Regulatory Link between Metabolism and Immunity: O-GlcNAc Glycosylation”. Outstanding candidates specialised in other research areas of interest in the Villadangos Laboratory will be considered too. While the research in the Villadangos laboratory is centred on basic mechanisms of immunity using mouse models, researchers with an interest in human immunology and clinical translation are encouraged to apply. This is an excellent opportunity for ambitious researchers who aspire to become independent laboratory heads and require funding, infrastructure, personnel and mentorship from a senior investigator for up to 5 years to develop their full potential.

Responsibilities include:

  • Independently plan and carry out experiments focused on completion of research projects and publication of the results in high-impact journals
  • Prepare and submit competitive grant applications relating to the research program
  • Contribute to teaching, training, scientific mentoring and supervision of PhD students

About You

You will be a driven and experienced cellular immunologist and/or biochemist/cell biologist with a background in Antigen Presenting Cells, Mechanisms of Antigen Processing and Presentation, T-Cell Biology and/or related areas. You will have strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project milestones. 

You will also have:

  • A PhD in Immunology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology or related disciplines
  • Experience with mouse models of immunity
  • Experience with cell biology and/or protein chemistry (Interactions, Mass Spectrometry, Post-Translational Modifications, Intracellular Trafficking, etc)
  • A verifiable track record of scientific achievements (publications) that makes you a competitive applicant for fellowships, grants and other funding schemes of the Australian Research Council, the National Health and Medical Research Council and other Australian and International funding bodies.

Please note: to ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, a successful candidate would be required to pass a Working with Children Check in Australia.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at .

Applications close: 19th JANUARY 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0057759_Research Officer_Senior Research Officer_Lv A B_PD.pdf

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