First listed on: 20 April 2018

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Marine Phytoplankton
Climate Change Cluster, Faculty of Science
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.
The Marine Microbial Initiative (MMI) project entitled ~Defining the evolvable phenotype landscape for marine phytoplankton ~ is focused on understanding  the rules governing allowable phenotypes for marine phytoplankton and  the environmental selection pressures that drive phytoplankton to a new phenotype. The project comprises of a team of researchers based at the University of Technology Sydney (Australia), the University of Southern California (USA) and the University of Edinburgh (UK).
We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate to provide specialised skills to drive and support the research associated with this recently funded project.  You will utilise your expertise in microbial trait quantification and evolution to support laboratory based research and contribute to the goals of the project.
You will be a pivotal member of the research team tasked with delivering this leading-edge research.
To succeed you will bring to this role:
  • A PhD in microbial or phytoplankton ecology, molecular biology, microbial oceanography or equivalent
  • Extensive conceptual and hands-on knowledge of culturing microbes and molecular biology techniques, with particular experience in quantitative trait approaches and substantial experience in conducting experiments with phytoplankton and other microbes
  • Ability to use and interpret sophisticated quantitative and statistical approaches for analysing and interpreting data
  • Knowledge of PC2 laboratory regulations and requirements
  • Experience and success in conducting experimental research and publishing research as a first-author.
You will also have high level interpersonal skills and an ability to interact with all levels within the university and research sector.
Base Salary Range: $86,086 to $92, 406p.a. (academic Level A)
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.
This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a fixed term basis for 2 years.
How To Apply
Prior to commencing your application for IRC108857 please review the Position Description and the relevant selection criteria - click on the apply link to be taken to the relevant page. 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.  Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function.
As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.
Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC108857.
Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.
Please be advised that as part of the selection process that you may be requested to deliver a presentation, the audience for which may include individuals not on the Selection Panel.
Closing Date:  Tuesday 15th May 2018 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.
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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