Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level A) or Research Fellow (Level B) in NeuroProteomics


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• Salary Package: From $102,501 - $109,852 (Level A) or from $115,787 - $136,995 (Level B) p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading • Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term position for 2 years (with the possibility of extension). • Macquarie University (North Ryde) location (Motor Neuron Disease Research Centre)


We are seeking a motivated and experienced Postdoctoral Research Fellow with a background in cell biology and protein chemistry technologies (such as western blots, immunoprecipitations, immunofluorescence microscopy and proteomics) and/or molecular neurosciences. As the successful incumbent, you will support our research group which is focussed on determining molecular mechanisms of disease pathways in neurodegenerative diseases including motor neuron disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and dementias.

Reporting to the Group Leader Neuroproteomics, and working closely with the Motor Neuron Disease Research Team you will contribute and assist in research work relating to identifying new mechanisms of disease and development for new therapies for MND/dementia.

This position offers excellent research and networking opportunities within a highly experienced and supportive research group. This includes contributions to research projects funded by FightMND and NHMRC, and also an opportunity to contribute to research that is being commercialised through a university spin- out company.

About You

You will be a Phd qualified, highly motivated individual with a research background in cell biology and protein chemistry, and experience in molecular neuroscience. You will possess experience in molecular neuroscience and a genuine interest in neurodegenerative diseases including motor neuron disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). You will be a strong communicator, enjoy working both independently and as part of a team and will be an active participant in group analysis work and hold oversight of laboratory activities. You will possess excellent attention to detail that translates to high levels of accuracy and data quality when completing tasks. You will also have knowledge of and be competent in the MS Office Suite, data management and statistical analysis packages.

About Us

The Motor Neuron Disease Research Centre (>70 staff working on MND) is well integrated into the Faculty of Medicine, Health & Human Sciences and the Macquarie Medical School, has established state-of-the-art research facilities and offers outstanding development options including an active Early Career Researcher support network (‘EnCouRage').

The Faculty of Medicine, Health & Human Sciences has active research programs in biomedical, translational and health services domains, with current areas of strength including neurosciences (especially motor neuron disease, neurological rehabilitation, and the clinical neuroscience of pain), cancer medicine, and vascular science, amongst others. The Faculty hosts the Australian Institute of Health Innovation, an internationally acclaimed powerhouse researching health systems, e-health, and patient safety. In learning and teaching, the Faculty offers a unique suite of capability-based medical educational programs aimed a post-graduation subspecialty medical education and training, and a unique three-year extended masters-level, professional-entry Doctor of Physiotherapy degree.

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To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV (including 2-3 referees) and a cover letter outlining the level you are applying for and a response to the following selection criteria

Essential selection criteria :

  • A PhD in molecular biology, cell biology, protein chemistry, molecular neuroscience or related disciplines, and experience conducting research.

  • Demonstrated record in contributing to research projects including planning and conducting experiments, analysis of data, and problem- solving.

  • Demonstrated experience in cell biology techniques including cell culture maintenance, DNA cloning, PCR, gel electrophoresis, transfections and transductions, sequencing and bioinformatic analysis, western blotting, immunofluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry and/or immunoprecipitations.

  • Recognised contributions to the preparation and analysis of research data, drafting reports and manuscripts for presentation and publication and deliver presentations at conferences and meetings, relative to experience.

  • Ability to work effectively within a team (including Faculty Administrators, Faculty Laboratory operations team, Staff and students).

  • Desirable selection criteria:

  • Strong background in cell biology, protein chemistry, and/or molecular neuroscience, with demonstrated understanding of molecular cloning

  • Experience with proteomics, mass spectrometry and bioinformatics analysis

  • Experience with in-vivo experimental models

  • Additional criteria for Research Fellow (Level B) applicants:

  • Demonstrated experience managing larger research projects and staff including the ability to prioritise different work demands.

  • Ability to read broadly across the scientific literature, and identify key knowledge which can be modified, adapted and implemented into research projects.

  • Ability to critically analyse data, problem-solve and design robust experimental plans that confidently address project goals.

  • Demonstrated experience in supervising and mentoring junior staff and students.

  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.

  • Desirable Criteria (Level B)

  • Demonstrated success in obtaining external funding
  • Specific Role Enquiries: A/Prof. Albert Lee, Group Leader Neuroproteomics via [email protected]

    General Enquiries : Katherine Rodionoff, HR Consultant via [email protected]

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    Applications Close:

    09/06/2024 11:59 PM

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    Job details


    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level A) or Research Fellow (Level B) in NeuroProteomics


    Macquarie University




    May 10, 2024

    Application deadline

    June 09, 2024

    Job type




    About the employer

    Established in 1964, Macquarie University is a public university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia. The establishment of the university marked a bold step towards transforming the otherwise traditional education system that was prevalent in Australia. The institution offers several facilities and services to students and is ranked among the leading universities globally.
    The university has a total student enrolment of 40,209 students of which 27,795 students belong to full-time programs and 12,414 belong to part-time programs. The university saw a total of 8,641 international admissions and 31,568 domestic student enrollments for the last academic year (2019-20).

    A vibrant hub for students, researchers, and teachers, all work towards pursuing a common goal of a brighter future. Macquarie University has been ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2020. Considered one of the top universities in Australia, the university has been on the ninth position for Australia for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020), producing graduates that are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

    Spanning across 126 acres of land, the university provides an extensive range of courses for students to choose from. The Faculty of Business, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Science, The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Information Technologies, The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, The Faculty of Media, Communications and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science and The Faculty of Security, Intelligence and Criminology offer various courses and research degrees for both undergraduate as well as graduate studies.

    The university has several accommodation options for its students to choose from. Students can select their hall of residence according to their preferences and would not face any inconvenience during their stay in the city. Amenities at Macquarie University campus include a Bookshop, Counselling Services, Cafes, Medical Clinic, Pharmacy, and a Private Hospital along with other facilities. The university is situated at a prime location and has the availability of most resources, students would require around its premises.

    The University also offers excellent sports facilities to students which are considered to be one of the greatest in the country. The Sports and Aquatic Centre located at the university has swimming pools, health clubs, basketball and squash courts, and even a martial arts area for students to indulge in.

    To promote global higher education, Macquarie University awards scholarships to the tune of $6 million. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, diversity, leadership capabilities, financial hardship, and/or key achievements such as sports and voluntary experience. The university has one of the most substantial scholarship programs in Australia, providing several opportunities each year to international students to undertake studies at the university.

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