First listed on: 24 April 2018

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Marine Microbial Ecology
Climate Change Cluster, Faculty of Science

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

This position will be funded by an Australian Research Council Grant entitled “Pelagic Symbioses: teasing apart phytoplankton-bacteria relationships“, which comprises a team of researchers based at UTS, New York University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. This project aims to decode the intricate relationships between populations of phytoplankton and marine bacteria and interpret their influence on ocean productivity and chemical cycling. This project is anticipated to provide transformative perspectives on the basal controls of ocean function, aiding management of Australia’s valuable marine estate.

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to provide specialised skills in molecular microbial ecology to drive and support the research associated with this recently funded project. You will utilise your expertise in microbial ecology and molecular biology to support shipboard and laboratory based experiments to contribute to the goals of the project, while functioning as a pivotal research member of the Ocean Microbiology Group

To succeed you will bring to this role:

  • A PhD in molecular microbial ecology, microbial oceanography or equivalent
  • Extensive conceptual and hands-on knowledge of molecular microbiological techniques and bioinformatics, with particular experience in metatranscriptomics and amplicon sequencing approaches 
  • Substantial experience in basic microbiological approaches, including isolation and culture of phytoplankton and bacteria
  • Quantitative skills and excellent capacity for analysing, interpreting and integrating complex data-sets
  • Knowledge of PC2 laboratory regulations and requirements
  • Experience and success in conducting experimental research and publishing research as a first-author.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: $86,086 to $92, 406p.a. (academic Level A)
This role attracts 17% superannuation in addition to the base salary.

Our commitment to work/life support includes benefits such as flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and support to carers.

This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for 2.5 years.

How To Apply

Prior to commencing your application for IRC105707 please review the Position Description and the relevant selection criteria - click on the apply link to be taken to the relevant page. You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document .

Please note that only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted. Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC105707.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Please be advised that as part of the selection process that you may be requested to deliver a presentation, the audience for which may include individuals not on the Selection Panel.

Closing Date: May 22nd 2018 at 11.59pm (AEST)

Please note: We are only accepting on-line applications for this post, however, if you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to provide us with information in this way, please contact the Recruitment Team for assistance.

UTS is widely acknowledged as a leader in promoting gender equity and social justice. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, UTS is a current participant in the SAGE pilot program, the Australian trial of the Athena Swan gender equity accreditation program. We welcome applications from women, particularly for senior and non-traditional roles.


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