Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pathology
University of Sydney
Sydney, Australia
9d ago

Reference no. 857 / 0518F

  • Opportunity to contribute to research exploring links between nutrition, gut microbiome and immune function
  • Located at the renowned multidisciplinary research hub, The Charles Perkins Centre
  • Full-time, 2 year fixed-term opportunity, remuneration package of $106K, which includes leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation
  • About the opportunity

    This position is an excellent opportunity to join a vibrant team within the multidisciplinary Charles Perkins Centre.

    Our team is specialised in immunometabolism working at the intersection between nutrition, immunology and microbiology. We are looking for a passionate and highly motivated person to understand the mechanisms behind changes in macronutrient in food and disease development.

    We are looking for a candidate with strong animal work experience who can run non-communicable disease models such as asthma, food allergy, psoriasis or arthritis.

    The candidate must have a PhD in immunology with deep knowledge in basic immunology method such as flow cytometry. Knowledge in gut microbiota analysis (QIIME) would be a plus as well as in mass spectrometry.

    The candidate will be in charge of characterising the impact of defined diets on mouse on immune function with a particular focus on the gut.

    Disease models will be used to validate the impacts of such diets on disease prevention / aggravation. The next step will be collaboration with clinicians for translational impact of our findings.

    This is an exciting opportunity to bring knowledge on how to improve health through simple changes in lifestyle for a real impact on our community.

    About you

    The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity.

    As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has :

  • PhD in biomedical research with extensive experience in immunology. Flow cytometry is a necessary expertise, particularly gut immunity
  • extensive experience with animal work particularly disease models such as arthritis, food allergy and / or infectious models
  • experience in basic cell biology and molecular biology (western blot, PCR, immunohistochemistry is necessary with mass spectrometry being highly valued
  • experience in gut microbiota analysis (16S rRNA analysis) which is desirable but not mandatory.
  • About us

    While this position is research only, the Discipline of Pathology delivers teaching to medical and dental, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medical Science students and supervision of Honours and postgraduate studies.

  • This could offer the opportunity for the candidate to be involved in teaching if desired. Our academics carry out basic and clinical research and the role involves active participation in collaborative projects with both internal and external colleagues;
  • contributing to experiment design and implementation; data collection and analysis; and contributing to research outputs including publications and presentations.

    Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better.

    These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.

    We’re Australias first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-

    academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

    We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

    The University of Sydney encourages part-time and flexible working arrangements, which will be considered for this role.

    Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Dr Laurence Macia on +61 2 8627 6525 or laurence.macia sydney.edu.au

    For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Linden Joseph on +61 2 8627 1208 or

    Please refer to the candidate information pack for further details.

    Please note : visa sponsorship is not available for this position

  • The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
  • equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

    The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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