Postdoctoral Research Associate
Location: Neilan Laboratory of Microbial and Molecular Diversity
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia
Available for immediate start
Academic Level: A
Contract type: Full time. Fixed term, 1 year with opportunity for extension
About the role: An exciting opportunity to develop and undertake cutting edge research and
provide research support within the Neilan Laboratory of Microbial and Molecular Diversity.
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to lead the heterologous
expression of enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of cyanobacterial toxins and other
Under the direction of Prof. Neilan, the successful applicant will independently carry out
research activities and work collaboratively with members of the research group, supervise
research students, prepare manuscripts and assist with other forms of scientific writing.
Applicants must have experience in molecular biology and possess a doctoral degree (or
shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant scientific discipline. A strong
publication record, relative to opportunity is desired. Additionally, the applicant must possess
excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to priorities tasks to meet
Competency in the following techniques is desired:
– Genome mining
– Large insert clone library construction/fosmid cloning
– Cloning and expression of genes /gene clusters in heterologous hosts
– Enzyme purification and biochemical analyses
– Extraction, purification and structural characterisation of natural products
– Analytical chemistry
About the institute: The University of Newcastle (UON) stands as a global leader,
distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, and to creating a better future for its
regions through a focus on innovation and impact. Located on the east coast of Australia (1.5
hours north of Sydney), Newcastle is situated in the heart of the Hunter Region and is
bordered by a stunning coastline with beautiful beaches.
How to apply: Applications should be emailed to the laboratory manager:
Format: Please send a single document, including a cover letter outlining your motivations, a
response to the selection criteria and your CV.