Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University Of Queensland
School of Chemical Engineering
Full-Time, Fixed-Term position for 3 years
Academic Level A
Closing date on 14 August 2022 at 11:00pm AEST (R-14320)
About The Opportunity
This is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to focus their efforts on developing their expertise and emerging research profile in their discipline. At this level it is expected that the incumbent will contribute to service and engagement roles and activities.
The UQ Advanced Cell Therapy Manufacturing Initiative in the School of Chemical Engineering is focused on understanding the role that glycosaminoglycans, particularly heparansulphate (HS), play in controlling human stem cell fate decisions. The incumbent will use their cell and molecular biology expertise to perform focused studies that evaluate novel HS variants as media additives for cell therapy manufacturing. The candidate is also expected to conduct and direct research into mechanism of action studies linking HS with stem cell fate decisions, particular human mesenchymal stromal cells and hematopoietic stem cells.
Key responsibilities include:
Conduct in vitro-based human stem cell studies to identify lead heparansulphate candidates for cell therapy manufacturing.
Apply cell and molecular biology techniques to establish the mechanism of action linking HS with cell fate decisions.
Develop a leadership role in independent and/or team research programs and achieve recognition and impact in the research area.
Write progress reports and publish scholarly papers in academic peer- reviewed journals.
Participate in applications for competitive research funding.
Work with colleagues and postgraduates in the development of interdisciplinary joint research projects.
Supervision and Researcher Development
Assist in teaching undergraduate courses in relevant fields
Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).
As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.
Work to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.
Citizenship and Service
Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.
Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.
Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.
Show leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit
Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.
Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.
Any other duties as reasonably directed by your supervisor.
This role is subject to The University's Code of Conduct.
Completion or near completion of a PhD in cell and molecular biology or related fields with demonstrated research experience and productivity consistent with this experience.
Significant experience with human pluripotent stem cells, hematopoietic stem cells, or mesenchymal stromal cell culture, cryopreservation, and differentiation protocols are essential
Knowledge and experience in stem cell growth, aging and senescence studies are desirable.
Demonstrated expertise in the areas of:
RNAseq, microarray analysis, RT-PCR, ELISA, gel electrophoresis, immunoblotting and immunoprecipitation
FACS and cellular immunofluorescence
Experience in CRISPR-Cas9 or other genome-editing tools and targeted reduction of gene expression techniques is desirable.
Evidence of a contribution to research, including support for grant applications.
Well-developed laboratory, communication, interpersonal and consultative skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues from a multidisciplinary background.
Demonstrated teaching skills at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels.
An ability to develop relationships and to represent and promote academic discipline at a university and broader community level, including industry, government and professional bodies.
Commitment to upholding the University's values, and with the outstanding personal qualities of openness, respectfulness and integrity.
What We Can Offer
This is a full-time, fixed-term position for 3 years at an Academic Level A.
The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $72,144.35 to $96,530.67 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $84,408.89 to $112,940.88 per annum.
For further information about UQ's benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.
The following flexible employment options may be available for this role: Some working from home and variable start or finish times.
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Want to Apply?
All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section
Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box during the application form.
About The Selection Process
To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline or will not be accepted.
Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against Hepatitis B immunization due to working on human cells.
Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment .
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