First listed on: 05 June 2019

Postdoctoral Associate / Postdoctoral Fellow- Microbiome

Centre for Inflammation, Faculty of Science

At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose – we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are now among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines. UTS Equal Futures celebrates and supports women in academia through every stage of their career.

The Faculty of Science aims to ensure equitable representation in all occupational categories and in all levels of its workforce. In an effort to eliminate employment barriers we especially encourage applications from suitably qualified individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, from individuals with primary carer responsibilities, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates and from female candidates.

The Centre for Inflammation led by Professor Phil Hansbro aims to be recognised as a world-leading research centre in chronic respiratory diseases, and to be recognised by Australian industry and government agencies as a leading source of knowledge and expertise in this space. The Centre carries out fundamental research investigating the mechanisms of disease induction and progression as well as development of new and novel therapies and preventatives, and translational human/clinical studies.

About the role

We are looking for motivated and productive post-doctoral researcher(s) to investigate how the microbiome may protect or promote the development and progression of chronic respiratory disease such as COPD. The role will have a major emphasis on investigating novel therapeutic and preventative treatments for chronic lung disease.

You will have the opportunity to further develop your personal scholarly standing through contribution to publications, presentations, and through collaborative research activity both internally and externally.

About you

Essential to success in this role are your skills and experience in immunological, cellular and molecular techniques (preference is in the field of respiratory disease).

You will also have:

  • A PhD degree in microbiology/bacteriology, as it pertains to the pathogenesis of respiratory disease (or near submission at Associate Level) with proven skills in scientific writing
  • Experience in functional genomics
  • Experience in culturing of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, and an understanding of culturing conditions for different bacteria
  • Experience in standard laboratory techniques including ELISA, PCR, immunoblot, flow cytometry, cell culture, aseptic technique, and extraction of genetic material
  • Proven knowledge of research methodology, policy and requirements of health-related research.

For appointment at the higher level, you will have a number of years postdoctoral experience and with a research track record including leading and contributing to papers and grants, with emerging evidence of national recognition in your field of expertise.

For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities pleaseclick the apply button to download the Position Statement from the UTS website.

Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia’s top young university, and located centrally in one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range:

Postdoctoral Associate   $78,170 - $95,206 pa (Level A)

Postdoctoral Fellow        $103,981 to $123,067 pa (Level B)

The successful applicant may be appointed at level A or B dependent on their level of expertise and experience as outlined in the essential criteria on the Position Statement.

This role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary.

UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This position is full time and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for 2 years.

How to Apply

UTS is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workforce and we encourage applicants where relevant to include a relative to opportunity or career disruption/break statement within their CV.

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission, in a separate document.

Only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted. 

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Closing Date:  3rd July 2019 11:59pm (AEST)

At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose – we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity through our Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy, Social Impact Framework and UTS Access and Inclusion Plan.

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