6 Postdoctoral Research Positions at the University of Technology, Australia


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Senior Research Fellow – Physiotherapy

This is an outstanding opportunity for someone with an excellent track record in health research, strong skills in collaboration, and high level conceptual and analytical skills. You will have stand out abilities in qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis and are adept at grant writing and project management. More important though will be your enthusiasm and dedication to developing and leading innovative research in physiotherapy and your contribution to our enthusiastic team.

With our primary location situated close to Sydney’s CBD next to Central Station, Physiotherapy also has a home within Sydney’s elite sporting precinct at Moore Park in the Rugby Australia Building. These facilities include high-tech research labs, state-of-the-art classrooms and study spaces, a multi-purpose sports hall, a resistance training facility and specialist post-grad learning spaces. 

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.

Senior Research Fellow in Spinal Neuromodulation

As our Senior Research Fellow you will be focused primarily on Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and movement disorder research, specifically on research in recovery from paralysis following SCI and research in other aspects of movement disorders using neuromodulation, exercise rehabilitation and other approaches.

The University of Technology has invested into state of the art facilities in the studies of neuromodulation and this role will play a large part in the establishment of our new facility.

The role will further be involved in the conception, design and performance of novel projects and experiments, in collaboration with the Centre Director and Professor of Spinal Cord Injury Research.

You will work to boost the profile of the Centre through publications, invited talks, international and domestic collaborations and utilise a cross-disciplinary approach to achieve research goals, leading and eventually growing a research group in this endeavour.

You have substantial knowledge and experience with neuromodulation studies in the recovery of motor and other physiological functions following Spinal Cord Injury and related neurological conditions in humans.

To be successful in securing the role, you will also have:

  • Strong commitment to excellence in quality and standard of research, leadership and management responsibilities
  • You are a solid communicator with excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Experience as successful named investigator in research proposal submissions to external funding bodies; first author publications; and supervisory experience consistent with these requirements
  • Capacity to drive translation of research from pre-clinical to clinical applications in SCI
  • Significant technical knowledge and experience in the human studies of neurostimulation/neuromodulation essential
  • Strong knowledge of data analysis and statistics

Experience in supervision and mentoring of research students and junior research staff is highly desirable.

Experience in animal studies of Spinal Cord Injury or related conditions would be valuable but not essential for this primarily human-focused role.

Postdoctoral Associate / Postdoctoral Fellow – Epigenetics

We are looking for a motivated and productive post-doctoral researcher(s) to investigate the development and progression of chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD, asthma, lung cancer and infections using epigenomics studies of mouse and human tissues. The role will have a major emphasis on investigating novel therapeutic and preventative treatments for chronic lung disease. You will undertake specific as well as epigenome-scale analysis.

You will have the opportunity to further develop your personal scholarly standing through contribution to publications, presentations, and through collaborative research activity both internally and externally.

About you

Essential to success in this role are your skills and experience in immunological, cellular and molecular techniques (preference is in the field of respiratory disease).

You will also have:

  • A Doctoral Degree in respiratory, molecular, immunology, microbiology or cellular research, or bioinformatics analysis of specific factors and preferably epigenome-scale data, such as CHIP-Seq and related chromatin analysis methods, large scale determination of methylation status or other genome-scale epigenetic tools
    (or near submission at Associate Level)
  • Demonstrated skills in data visualization, computer programming and scripting, ideally in R or Python
  • Experience with high-performance computing environments, including academic and/or commercial cloud computing platforms is desirable
  • Experience in standard laboratory techniques including ELISA, PCR, immunoblot, flow cytometry, cell culture, aseptic technique, and extraction of genetic material
  • Proven knowledge of research methodology, policy and requirements of health-related research

For appointment at the higher level, you will have a research track record including leading and contributing to papers and grants, with emerging evidence of national recognition in your field of expertise.

Postdoctoral Associate / Postdoctoral Fellow – Bioinformatics

We are looking for motivated and productive post-doctoral researcher(s) to investigate the development and progression of chronic respiratory diseases such as COPD, asthma, lung cancer and infections using bioinformatic analyses of genome-scale datasets derived from mouse and human tissues.  The role will have a major emphasis on investigating novel therapeutic and preventative treatments for chronic lung disease.

You will have the opportunity to further develop your personal scholarly standing through contribution to publications, presentations, and through collaborative research activity both internally and externally.

Essential to success in this role are your skills and experience in immunological, cellular and molecular techniques (preference is in the field of respiratory disease).

You will also have:

  • A Doctoral Degree in respiratory, molecular, immunology, microbiology or cellular research (or near submission at Associate Level), or bioinformatics analysis of genome-scale data in the previous areas.
  • Experience in integrative approaches to genome-scale datasets is desirable.
  • Demonstrated skills in data visualization, computer programming and scripting, ideally in R or Python
  • Experience with high-performance computing environments, including academic and/or commercial cloud computing platforms is desirable
  • Experience in standard laboratory techniques including ELISA, PCR, immunoblot, flow cytometry, cell culture, aseptic technique, and extraction of genetic material
  • Proven knowledge of research methodology, policy and requirements of health-related research

For appointment at the higher level, you will have a research track record including leading and contributing to papers and grants, with emerging evidence of national recognition in your field of expertise.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Agriculture Technology

Working collaboratively with our industry partner you will work with data sets ranging from multiyear climate data, observation data collected by on-farm sensors, grower inputs, and agricultural models. You will work within a multi-disciplinary team to create previously unknown insights, model and codify inherent knowledge, and provide local on farm predictions using cutting edge methods and techniques.

This is an opportunity for a researcher with an academic background to gain industry experience by being embedded within UTS’s Environmental Science discipline and The Yield’s data science and engineering teams.

You have a sound understanding of machine learning and AI and coding prowess in a range of languages.  A strong communicator and problem solver, you have empathy for end-users and a creative ability to apply data and data relationships across multiple sources and domains to help solve real problems for growers and food producers.

To be successful in securing the role, you will also have:

  • A PhD with a strong quantitative focus
  • A track record of developing models using machine learning or AI to achieve outcomes in areas such as environmental, climatic, geospatial, marine or agriculture modelling
  • Solid working knowledge of querying and manipulating datasets with exposure to at least one industrial strength database
  • Experience in manipulating, handling and extracting data from large structured and unstructured data sets including one or more of the following: time series data, predictive atmospheric models, weather or climate data, satellite imagery, and geospatial data
  • Capacity to identify new opportunities and build collaborative relationships within UTS and The Yield as well as externally.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Biotechnology

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic researcher with experience in biomedical diagnostics, including development of biomedical diagnostic devices, to undertake high quality science research and provide solutions to real world problems and specific industry needs in the broad topic of biomedical diagnostics and tethered membrane biosensors.

You will have the opportunity to present at research seminars and conferences and to contribute to high quality publications (subject to industry partner approval).

This position will work closely with our industry partners and our partner university – University of South Australia.

You have solid communication and interpersonal skills and are adept at working collaboratively. You have comprehensive knowledge of and demonstrated expertise in one or several of these areas: biotechnology, molecular biology, protein chemistry and cell culture, or biophysics.

You will also have:

  • Expert knowledge in protein chemistry, recombinant protein handling, immunoassays, enzymatic assays, lipid membrane biophysics and artificial lipid membranes
  • Previous experience in research in an area of relevance to immune diagnostics, recombinant protein purification, ELISA assays, Western Blotting, antibody fragmentation
  • A track record of peer reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to the development and research performance of a research group by providing guidance on experimental design and data processing
  • Doctoral qualifications in Biology or Medical Science or Biotechnology with relevant Postdoctoral research experience.

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