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Our Department

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology undertakes both fundamental and applied research of international standard across many areas of microbiology, immunology and virology. We are also renown for the quality of our teaching to Science and Health Science students, and for our strong postgraduate programme.


The Role

Applications are invited from outstanding PhD-qualified candidates for this confirmation path (tenure-track) position within a department that is committed to excellence in research and teaching.

Applications are invited from individuals who:

  • Will establish a research programme in Microbiology that brings a new area of research to the department and/or complements existing research strengths in the department.
  • Have demonstrated excellence in research, as indicated by publication in reputable peer-reviewed journals.
  • Have the ability to attract grant funding.
  • Are able to contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across a broad range of Microbiology topics.


Further Details

The University is strongly committed to diversity in staffing and we encourage applications from women and other under-represented groups who are suitably qualified. Applications are especially welcomed from those early in their academic career with expertise in any field of microbiology.

This is a permanent (confirmation path), full time position.

Specific enquiries may be directed to the Head of Department, Professor Clive Ronson, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, via the contact details below.


To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 1801450 will close on Monday, 1 October 2018.


Tel +64 3 479 7701, Email

Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular and Synthetic Biology

Location: Neilan Laboratory of Microbial and Molecular Diversity School of Environmental and Life Sciences University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia

Available for immediate start
Closing date: 01 November 2018

Academic Level: A
Contract type: Full time. Fixed term, 1 year with opportunity for extension

About the role: An exciting opportunity to develop and undertake cutting edge research and provide research support within the Neilan Laboratory of Microbial and Molecular Diversity. Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to lead the heterologous expression of enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of cyanobacterial toxins and other bioactive molecules.

Under the direction of Prof. Neilan, the successful applicant will independently carry out research activities and work collaboratively with members of the research group, supervise research students, prepare manuscripts and assist with other forms of scientific writing.
Applicants must have experience in molecular biology and possess a doctoral degree (or shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant scientific discipline. A strong publication record, relative to opportunity is desired. Additionally, the applicant must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to priorities tasks to meet deadlines.

Competency in the following techniques is desired:
- Genome mining
- Large insert clone library construction/fosmid cloning
- Cloning and expression of genes /gene clusters in heterologous hosts
- Enzyme purification and biochemical analyses
- Extraction, purification and structural characterisation of natural products
- Analytical chemistry

About the institute: The University of Newcastle (UON) stands as a global leader, distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, and to creating a better future for its regions through a focus on innovation and impact. Located on the east coast of Australia (1.5 hours north of Sydney), Newcastle is situated in the heart of the Hunter Region and is bordered by a stunning coastline with beautiful beaches.

How to apply: Applications should be emailed to the laboratory manager:

Format: Please send a single document, including a cover letter outlining your motivations, a
response to the selection criteria and your CV.