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Postdoctoral Research Scientist


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The Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) is one of the largest medical research institutes in Australia. Our Institute conducts multi-disciplinary research spanning from infection and immunity; cancer; liver and metabolic; neuroscience and vision and cardio-respiratory research. Combining these research themes, our vision is to tackle the most important health issues by progressing our scientific discoveries into cures and preventions that improve global health. WIMR is proudly affiliated with The University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital.

Job Description

The Djordjevic lab studies key infection mechanisms of the model human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans, with a major focus on the role of inositol polyphosphate metabolites in stress and nutrient signalling responses. A highly motivated Post-Doctoral Research Scientist is required with strong skills in genetics, molecular and cellular biology, cell signalling, metabolism and protein chemistry. Experience working with yeast/fungi, mammalian cell culture, animal models of microbial disease and immunology is also desired. The project will run in parallel with a related drug discovery project.

This is a full time position based on a 12 month fixed term contract.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Investigate, develop and apply research techniques, including generating and recording research data and results.
  • Contribute to grant applications as an investigator and other proposals designed to attract external funding. 
  • Contribute to the strategic goals of the research centre and broader research culture within the organisation. 
  • Publish the results of the research as a lead or co-author in collaboration with other team members and external collaborators. 
  • Undertake administration in relation to own role and supports more senior colleagues within the research group. 
  • Co-supervise/Supervise summer, honours, masters, MD and PhD students and research assistants.

Desired Skills and Experience

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • Must have completed a PhD. Postdoctoral experience is highly advantageous but not essential
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to contribute to both individual and team goals
  • High level computing skills and experience using business-related and scientific software programs. 
  • Demonstrated ability to organise and prioritise own workload, sometimes under pressure and with competing priorities. 
  • High understanding of relevant aspects of the work health and safety policy and relevant legislation 
  • Demonstrated experience in experimental protocols, research designs, and the publication of scholarly papers.
  • Have a strong desire to develop a career in molecular fungal pathogenesis

Project specific

  • Manipulating eukaryote genomes (essential)
  • Microbial culture (fungal/bacterial), cell counting using a haemocytometer, quantitative culture 
  • Mammalian cell culture and isolation of immune cell subsets from blood
  • Flow Cytometry and fluorescence cell imaging e.g. DeltaVision, Confocal, Electron Microscopy.
  • Working with animal infection models 
  • Good understanding of immunology 
  • Protein work: subcellular fractionation, SDS PAGE/Western blot, protein expression and purification
  • Antimicrobial susceptibility testing 
  • Lipid profiling using thin layer chromatography.

Benefits of working for The Westmead Institute for Medical Research

  • Competitive salary + salary packaging benefits for a NFP
  • Convenient location close to Westmead Station
  • Supportive culture
  • Excellent facilities in the Westmead Medical Precinct

Closing Date: 16 April 2021

Applications should include a ResumeCovering Letter and Statement addressing the selection criteria.

All applications will be reviewed but only applications that meet the selection criteria will be considered for short-listing.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact Associate Professor Julie Djordjevic julianne.djordjevic@sydney.edu.au

We celebrate and embrace diversity and we welcome applications from diverse backgrounds and cultures.