Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Research Officer in Galleria Research Facility


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. Exciting to work with leading academics . 6 months, fixed term, part-time, 3 days per week opportunity . Close to public transport


An exciting role has become available in the School of Natural Science at Macquarie University (Sydney). We are currently seeking a Part Time Research Officer to join our dynamic and dedicated team at the Galleria Research Facility at Macquarie University.

About the Galleria Research Facility- Macquarie University

Macquarie is a young and dynamic university, focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry, and society, encouraging all to traverse the boundaries of their own perspective and effect change. At Macquarie University you'll join passionate researchers and educators blazing new trails in the spirit of discovery and exploration. Wallumattagal Campus is located on a beautiful, serene and green location in northern Sydney.

The Galleria Research Facility is the Australia's first fully functional, high-throughput facility for Galleria mellonella as a versatile in vivo invertebrate animal model. The facility was established in 2020 across school of Applied Biosciences and school of Natural Sciences, Macquarie University and is dedicated to delivering high quality research that increase the research options for in vivo testing by providing an efficient, ethical, and affordable animal model for numerous applications including:

  • Infection and pathogenicity

  • Pharmacological and chemical toxicity

  • Microbe-microbe or microbe-host interactions

  • Bioremediation

  • The role

    We are seeking a suitably qualified Research Officer to work within School of Natural Sciences research team to support the Galleria Research Facility at Macquarie University. You will be expected to:

  • Manage health and wellbeing of Galleria mellonella (great wax moth) colony

  • Prepare drug/ chemical stocks

  • Culture and prepare bacteria/ fungi

  • Inject bacteria/ drug into Galleria larvae

  • Perform experiments independently and in collaboration with other team members

  • Be part of an innovative project to perform a range of laboratory tests and technical tasks by applying established methods and procedures as directed;

  • Undertake the data management and collection tasks of Galleria experimental data

  • Prepare, submit and follow up the biosafety applications and amendments

  • Develop and maintain the project documents and equipment in line with established laboratory process, procedures and protocols

  • Inventory management and ordering as required

  • To Apply

    To be considered for this position, applications must provide an CV and respond to the selection criteria below in a separate document or in your covering letter as part of the application process.

    Essential criteria:

  • Relevant degree and/or experience

  • Meticulous and excellent in record of experimental data.

  • Previous experience working in PC2 lab.

  • Experience working both as an independent researcher and in a team-based environment.

  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to engage with wide range of stakeholders, staff and students.

  • Have insect or animal handling and injecting skill is preferrable.

  • Previous experience working with bacterial/ fungal pathogen is a plus.

  • Salary Package: Level 5 from $80,753 - $91,815 per annum, plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. Pro-rata rates apply for part-time appointment.

    Appointment Type: 3 days a week (0.6 FTE), fixed-term up 31st Dec 2024, with the potential for extension.

    Enquiries: Dr Amy K. Cain on (02) 9850 6277 or email on [email protected]

    If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

    Applications Close:

    30/05/2024 11:59 PM

    Diversity and Inclusion

    Innovation and ingenuity thrive at Macquarie University when diversity, equity and inclusion take centre stage. At the University, we embrace a culture where diversity of background, experience and perspective are fundamental to our success.

    We do not discriminate on gender identity, age, culture, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, family and caring responsibilities or religion. See our journey towards leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.

    Flexible Work

    At Macquarie, we believe by providing flexibility in when, where and how work is done, we can support our staff to manage their personal commitments, while optimising their work performance and contributions to the University. See how we lead in flexible work to enable an outcome focused and inclusive workplace. To learn more about our culture and hiring process, explore our Candidate Resource Hub.

    Job details


    Research Officer in Galleria Research Facility


    Macquarie University




    May 14, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 30, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Biology,Chemistry,Medicine,Physics

    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.

    Ranked among the safest cities in the world, Sydney is an ideal study destination for students from all across the world. The university takes the safety of its students very seriously and has security personnel posted within the campus walls.

    Some of the notable alumni of Macquarie University are Chris Lilley - Australian comedian, Rob Oakeshott - Member of the Australian House of Representatives, Tania Mihailuk - Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Adam Hills - Australian comedian, Murray Cook - Australian musician, Greg Page - Australian singer, Lauren Jackson - Australian basketball player and Anthony Field - Australian musician among many others.

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