First listed on: 10 December 2018

Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Marine Microbial Ecology
Climate Change Cluster (C3)/Faculty of Science

  • Opportunity for a passionate early career microbial ecologist, with expertise in ecogenomic approaches, to contribute to a wide range of research projects within the Ocean Microbiology Group at UTS and deepen their expertise in marine microbiology
  • Be at the forefront of cutting edge research that solves real world problems
  • Work in an inclusive environment with world class researchers and access to state-of-the-art facilities
 About the role

This role presents an excellent opportunity to utilise your skills in molecular microbiology, ecogenomics and bioinformatics to drive and support research within the Ocean Microbiology Group (OMG), led by Professor Justin Seymour, at UTS. The goal of the OMG is to decipher the ecological interactions taking place among populations of marine microorganisms within environments spanning coastal habitats to the open ocean. The successful candidate will generate, analyse and interpret metagenomic data-sets collected from a variety of marine habitats, providing expertise in molecular microbial ecology and bioinformatics.

About the Institute

In the Ocean Microbes Group, situated with the Climate Change Cluster (C3) at the University of Technology Sydney, we seek to understand how the diversity and function of marine microbes are influenced by, and influence, oceanographic processes and the over-all status of marine ecosystems. We employ a diverse suite of cutting edge technologies including ecogenomics, microfluidics and single-cell imaging to examine the ecological interactions of marine microbes from scales spanning individual cells to ocean-basins. The outcomes of our research are directed towards developing a more complete understanding of marine ecosystem health and function along with a better perception of the impacts of aquatic microbes on human industries and health. Since its inception in 2008, the Climate Change Cluster (C3), at the University of Technology Sydney, has been delivering on its strategic plan to build momentum, increase impact and be recognised internationally for its research excellence.

About you

To be successful in gaining this role you will have:

  • A PhD in molecular microbial ecology, microbial genomics, microbial oceanography or equivalent
  • Demonstrated expertise in the application of molecular microbiological approaches (e.g. metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, amplicon sequencing) and associated bioinformatic analysis
  • Extensive conceptual and hands-on knowledge of molecular microbiological techniques and bioinformatics, with particular experience in amplicon sequencing, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and quantitative PCR
  • High-levels of expertise in bioinformatics and quantitative skills, with excellent capacity for analysing, interpreting and integrating complex data-sets
  • Experience in basic microbiological approaches, including isolation and culture of phytoplankton and bacteria

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: Level A, $77,396 to $94,263

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.

Sydney is Australia’s largest city and is consistently ranked in the top 10 cities worldwide for quality-of-living.

This position is a full-time and appointment will be made on a fixed-term basis for 18 months.

How To Apply

Prior to commencing your application for IRC120949, please review the Position Statement and the relevant selection criteria - click on the apply button to be taken to the relevant page where this can be downloaded. 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. 

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC120949.

Specific enquiries on the role may be directed to Professor Justin Seymour via email at up until Friday 21st December.

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

Closing Date:  Monday 21st January, 2019 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.

Please note that between 25th December 2017 and 1st January 2018 our offices will be closed. For any technical queries during this period please email quoting IRC120949 and our team will attend to these from 4th January 2018

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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