First listed on: 23 November 2018

Team Leader in Cellular Pharmacology 

  • Great opportunity in Cellular Pharmacology to oversee studies of cannabinoid action on molecular drug targets in mammalian cells and cellular disease models
  • Located at Camperdown Campus
  • 3-year Full-Time Fixed Term position, with the possibility of further extensions up to 3 years and base salary $104 - $147k p.a (depending on appointment at Level B or C) plus superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Team Leader in Cellular Pharmacology will oversee studies of cannabinoid action on molecular drug targets in mammalian cells and cellular disease models. The successful candidate will work alongside the Lambert Initiative leadership team and Academic Director to achieve the strategic aims of the Lambert Initiative, which is to develop safe and effective cannabinoid-based medicines. They would be encouraged to build their own team and provide academic leadership and supervision in the portfolio of research undertaken by the cellular pharmacology laboratory.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Investigating the cellular pharmacology of cannabinoids, and related molecules, on specific target receptors, ion channels and enzymes implicated in epilepsy and other diseases.
  • Culture, transfect and test cell lines expressing recombinant human and rodent drug targets including receptors, ion channels and enzymes.
  • Management of the cell culture laboratory which contains Flexstation, BSCII and incubators.
  • Oversee the expansion of the current cell culture facility and the introduction of new cellular techniques and platforms which may include “disease in a dish” models.
  • Routine liaison with various other groups within the Lambert Initiative such as the in silico, medicinal chemistry and in vivo pharmacology teams.
  • Writing of and contributing to research proposals, protocols and scientific papers
  • Ordering of laboratory supplies and oversee the maintenance and servicing of key laboratory equipment and infrastructure.
  • Participate in research meetings.
  • Monitoring laboratory compliance with WH&S (particularly biochemical safety) and the handling of drugs, chemicals and GMOs.
  • Contribute to supervision of Honours and PhD students
  • Presentations on behalf of the Lambert Initiative at local, national and international events.

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 Team Leader in Cellular Pharmacology who has:

  • A BSc (Honours) or equivalent and PhD in Pharmacology or closely-related discipline
  • Extensive experience in conducting cellular pharmacology research, with a strong publication track record in this area
  • Proficiency in biochemistry and molecular biology techniques
  • Experience in the management of a laboratory and in the development of new techniques
  • Ability to show leadership skills and good teamwork in a complex multidisciplinary setting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Experience with research student supervision or co-supervision

About us

The Discipline of Pharmacology of the University of Sydney is the largest of its kind in Australia, with an extensive range of research programs and well equipped undergraduate teaching facilities. There is a strong and growing research environment in the Discipline of Pharmacology covering a range of research areas including neuropharmacology, pharmacogenetics, pharmacoinformatics and medicinal chemistry, as well as molecular, respiratory, cancer and clinical pharmacology.

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 Australia's 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.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 2278/1118F to apply.

Closing date: Monday 7 January 2019 at 11.30pm

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.


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