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FSP Research Scientist - Synthetic Biology - Experimental molecular microbiology

  • An outstanding opportunity to work in Future Science
  • Undertake innovative research in experimental molecular microbiology
  • Join CSIRO's innovative teams in the Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform

The Position
Synthetic biology will provide solutions to many of the challenges we face at the beginning of the 21st century. To have maximal impact, synthetic biology requires a suite of organismal platforms to guide the design and construction of novel biologically-based systems. The symbiotic system represented by lichens could address two major challenges: 1) the need for useful compounds for applications and innovations in pharmaceutical, cosmetic and chemical industries, and 2) environmental degradation. Lichens and synthetic lichens could simultaneously address these problems because they produce a unique array of secondary metabolites and they are self-sufficient in extreme environments, where they do, or could, protect or rehabilitate soils. The main obstacle to exploiting the lichen symbiosis for synthetic biology lies in our general inability to resynthesise lichens in the laboratory. Little is known about the processes by which a lichen forms and, therefore, about how to manipulate or mimic lichen development. The overall objective of this project is to build a platform for reliable resynthesis of a lichen symbiosis by focusing on two aims: 1) creating novel devices to manipulate interactions among symbionts and lichen-colonising microbes, and 2) using ‘omic approaches to characterise key features of lichen development. This role will focus on both aims and will work in conjunction with experts on lichen biology, ‘omics, device design and fabrication, and network modelling to achieve them.

Specifically you will:

  • Under the direction of senior research scientists, carry out innovative, impactful research of strategic importance to CSIRO that will, where possible, lead to novel and important scientific outcomes.
  • Engage with external collaborators from Harvard University and the Australian nanotechnology community to develop expertise in the design and fabrication of micro- and mesoscale devices.
  • Design micro- and mesoscale devices based on new innovations and use these devices for growth and manipulation of lichen symbionts (fungi, algae and bacteria) in various experiments.
  • Document cellular changes using various microscopy techniques and collect liquid and/or cellular samples from the devices for collection of genomic, proteomic, transcriptomic, lipidomic and metabolomic data.
  • Perform quality control and assembly of high throughput sequencing data, as well as the annotation of reference genomes for the fungal and algal study species.

Location: Canberra, ACT
Salary: $92K - $100K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term until June 2020
Reference: 37504

To be successful you will need:

  • A doctorate or equivalent qualification and research experience, in plant or fungal molecular biology, microbiology, or a relevant discipline.
  • A record of scientific innovation and creativity plus the ability & willingness to incorporate novel ideas and approaches into scientific investigations, including these from other disciplines.
  • Significant experience with using micro-organisms (preferably fungi or microalgae) in research experiments, including working in sterile conditions, isolating/manipulating single cells, and co-culturing micro-organisms.
  • Demonstrated technical capability in plant and/or fungal molecular biology, including DNA or RNA extractions, high throughput sequencing, and genome assembly.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.

Future Science Platforms: Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are critical to turn Australia’s future challenges into opportunities to invent a better future for us all. FSPs are an investment in science that underpins innovation and that has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. FSPs will see CSIRO grow the capability of new generation of researchers and allow Australia to attract the best students and experts to work with us on future science. They are strategic investments aimed at developing capacity in areas of identified future importance for Australia. FSPs are both impact and science focused, developing innovative scientific solutions with industry, government and university partners. They support world class, coherent and creative research teams which integrate science and delivery over the long term.

Synthetic Biology FSP: Synthetic Biology (SynBio) is the design and construction of biological parts, devices, and organisms, usually based on DNA-encoded componentry; and their application for useful purposes. It is becoming widely recognised that SynBio is the next transformative technology. SynBio is an emerging interdisciplinary field representing the convergence of diverse domains, such as biotechnology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, systems biology, physics, chemistry, computer engineering and informatics, electrical engineering, and genetic engineering, among others. SynBio involves modeling, writing, and printing DNA code for the design and fabrication of new biological parts, devices, systems, and machines, as well as the re-design of existing, natural biological systems. SynBio has potential applications in areas as diverse as manufacturing, human health, agriculture and protecting ecosystems.

How to Apply: Please upload one document only that contains a cover letter addressing the selection criteria outlined in the Position Details Document, together with your Resume/CV.

Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here: Position Details Document

Applications Close: 11:59pm AEST, 28 May 2017

To apply online visit:

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases

Sydney Medical School – Westmead and the Marie Bashir Institute 

Reference no. 460/0317

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and expertise in infectious diseases
  • Full-time or part-time (0.8FTE), fixed term for three years

About the opportunity 

The Sydney Medical School is part of the University's Faculties of Health, the largest and most comprehensive grouping of health and medical education and research in the Asia Pacific region. The Westmead Clinical School offers comprehensive teaching, training and research opportunities through its staff and affiliates, its colocation with three major medical research institutes, the Children’s Hospital, Westmead and its hosting flagship University-wide multi-disciplinary research initiatives.

The Marie Bashir Institute (MBI) for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity is a multidisciplinary, multi-faculty Institute with members located on the University of Sydney’s Westmead, Camperdown and affiliated health campuses and the Camden Veterinary campus. Its goal is to reduce the impact of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases on human and animal health, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer to a research and teaching role in infectious diseases and medical microbiology. You will have the opportunity to develop independent researchin infectious diseases, pathogenomics or translational microbiology research in an area of importance to emerging infectious diseases or mycology.

You will teachmedical students in the MD program in problem or team-based learning and clinical tutorials. You will also contribute to our masters programs and seminars relevant to the MBI; and mentor, train and supervise postgraduate students.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. We see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a dedicated academic who has:

  • a strong track record in research relevant to emerging infectious diseases (clinical infectious diseases, pathogen genomics, epidemiological, microbiological or translational research) with a PhD in relevant area
  • experience in teaching of undergraduates or graduate students in infectious diseases or medical sciences
  • a high level of leadership, communication, interpersonal and organisational skills with evidence of and ability to work productively both independently and co-operatively with colleagues of similar and different professional backgrounds
  • a record of peer-reviewed publications of high quality.


  • experience teaching medical (clinical) students
  • practice of clinical infectious diseases and microbiology
  • a medical degree registerable in NSW
  • a record of success in collaborative research.

For appointment at the Senior Lecturer level you will be expected to demonstrate a higher degree of academic leadership and collaboration in research and teaching within your area of expertise.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11pm 10 April 2017

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


The Tasmanian Health Service is seeking interest from suitably qualified applicants for a Quality Manager – Pathology vacancy.


$99,861 to $106,369 pro-rata per annum


Allied Health Professional Level 4


Allied Health Professional (Tasmanian State Service) Agreement 2016

Period of Employment

Permanent part-time day work, working 57 hours per fortnight.


Pathology Services


Working in the role of Quality Manager – Pathology you will:

  • Lead and improve the Quality Management System in Pathology through the provision of expert advice to management and staff.
  • Manage laboratory accreditation, certification, patient safety initiatives and any regulatory and legislative requirements relating to the quality system.

Essential Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of an *appropriate course of study from a recognised tertiary institution.

*the “appropriate course of study” is: science degree or an alternative approved qualification.

The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre‑employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer.  The following checks are to be conducted:

1.  Conviction checks in the following areas:

a)  Crimes of Violence

b)  Sex Related Offences

c)  Serious Drug Offences

d)  Crimes involving dishonesty

2.  Identification check

3.  Disciplinary action in previous employment check

Desirable Requirements

  • Experience in management of quality systems in medical laboratories.

Applicants should note that, for a period of six months from the date of publication, this selection process may be used to fill subsequent or similar full time and part time vacancies.

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You are asked to address the selection criteria within the Statement of Duties.  Please click the blue Apply Now button to submit your application.

For further information contact

Karen Dun
Medical Scientist in Charge - Cytogenetics
Phone:  (03) 6166 8933

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Closes 16th April



PhD position to study the microbiology and greenhouse gas dynamics of inland wetlands

Background:  Wetlands are among earth’s most efficient ecosystems for carbon sequestration, but can also emit potent greenhouse gases depending on how they are managed. The overall objective of this industry-based research project is to devise ways to maximise carbon sequestration by inland wetlands and minimise release of greenhouse gases.  Specifically, this project will: 1) trial new techniques for monitoring wetland carbon sequestration based on protocols recently proposed by the Blue Carbon Lab; and 2) quantify and constrain seasonal and diel rates of methane and carbon dioxide emissions from inland wetlands while simultaneously identifying key microbial communities and genes involved in wetland carbon metabolism. This project will represent a major advance in our understanding of carbon fluxes from Australian floodplain freshwater wetlands. The project will enhance our capacity for accurate national carbon budgets and greenhouse gas accounting and build upon Australia’s fundamental knowledge base and international research profile regarding wetland carbon sequestration dynamics.

Project partners: Deakin University and Murray Local Land Services

Value: AUD$26,681 per annum plus project costs. Other benefits see:

Research environment:Deakin ranks in the top 3% of universities globally and is Australia’s eighth largest university. Deakin’s Blue Carbon Lab (BCL, is emerging as a leading group in global efforts to establish science that underpins practical efforts to offset carbon emissions with blue carbon ecosystems, which includes wetlands. BCL’s members include specialists in ecology, spatial analysis, microbiology, soil science, chemistry, and modelling. The project will provide an opportunity for a PhD student to receive valuable research training from leading scientists within Deakin, its collaborators (e.g. Southern Cross University), and resource managers at Murray Local Land Services.

Supervisory team: The supervisory team consists of Dr Peter Macreadie (Deakin University, Head of Blue Carbon Lab) as the Principal Supervisor, Dr Paul Carnell (Deakin University, Postdoctoral Fellow) as Associate Supervisor, and Dr Trish Bowen as Industry Supervisor.

Closing date:
The position will remain open until filled. A first assessment of applications will be contacted in April 2017.

Citizenship: This position is open to domestic and international applicants.

Selection criteria:

1.      A first class Honours or Masters degree with experience in environmental microbiology.

2.      A proven track record of academic excellence. Applicants with first-authored publications in quality journals will score highly.

3.      Experience in collecting field data and capacity to undertake independent fieldwork.

4.      Capacity to implement research in collaboration with a range of stakeholders (government agencies, private landholders, conservation groups etc.).

5.      Strong English written communication skills including the capacity to write research results into scientific papers.

Special requirements: Manual drivers licence

To apply: Email the following information to

1.      A letter (2 pages max)

a.      Addressing each of the selection criteria

b.      A summary of your research experience

c.       Your reasons for wanting to do a PhD

d.      Information on how your skills will be relevant to the project

2.      A copy of your academic transcript

3.      An example of your written work as lead author (e.g. paper, manuscript, thesis)


The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a member of the prestigious Group-of-Eight leading Australian research-intensive universities. With a reputation for international excellence and ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world, UWA's continued success is on target for its longer term goal of reaching the world top 50 by 2050.


The University invites applications for a Professor of Microbiology to work within the School of Biomedical Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. The School works with Western Australia's largest pathology service provider, PathWest.

The Professor of Microbiology will provide academic leadership in the field of clinical or biomedical microbiology and be a leader in the broadest sense with:

  • an established reputation in their discipline and an outstanding track record of research, teaching and academic
    leadership in the field of microbiology;
  • a track record of attracting research grants;
  • a sustained and significant record of building research teams;
  • a demonstrated ability to contribute to a collegiate environment within the School.

The appointee will be engaged in a world-class program of research, excellent teaching to a broad range of students and lead engagement with the academic, professional, scientific and medical communities.

The Professor of Microbiology will also play an active leadership role in contributing to the strategic direction of the School and the University as a whole. 


For further information applicants are encouraged to direct enquiries to Professor Cathy Cole, Head of School, Biomedical Sciences, email; or Professor Wendy Erber, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, email

Close: Friday 12th May 2017