First listed on: 24 April 2024

Research Fellow in Structural Biology

Job no: 0060744 
Location: Parkville 
Role type: Full-time; Fixed term for 12 months 
Faculty: Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences 
Department/School: Biomedical Sciences 
Salary: Level A– $80,258 – $108,906 p.a. plus 17% super 

  • Launch your career in Research at Australia's Leading University!  
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families! 

About the Role 
As the Research Fellow, you will investigate the structure and function of bacterial and viral molecular machines that are important for pathogenesis using integrative approaches including cryo-EM, cryo-ET, CLEM and various biochemical and biophysical methods.  

Candidates with a strong background in structural biology (cryo-EM and/or X-ray crystallography)/computational biology/virology are encouraged to apply. 

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Undertake original research in structural biology using cryo-EM, cryo-ET, CLEM and various biochemical and biophysical methods 
  • Contribute to, and drive when appropriate, data collection and analysis, using specialised programs, such as IMOD, Relion, EMAN2 etc 
  • Supervise or co-supervise of major honours or postgraduate research projects within research area 

Who We Are Looking For 
We are seeking a successful postdoctoral Research Fellow who has advanced verbal and written communication skills that support effective research collaboration and engagement. You will pay high attention to detail and can appropriately operate sensitive and precise scientific equipment.  

You will also have: 

  • PhD or substantial progress towards PhD in Structural Biology (cryo-EM and/or X-ray crystallography)/Computational Biology/virology 
  • Strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic career trajectory  
  • Advanced hands-on research experience in Structural Biology and related techniques 

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD. 

Your New Team – Biomedical Sciences 

As part of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences since 2015, the School comprises three Departments, Departments of Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, and Microbiology and Immunology. It has 85 research groups across the three Departments, awarding-winning teachers and more than 2500 equivalent fulltime student enrolments each year.  

What We Offer You! 
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page! 

About the University of Melbourne 
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Be Yourself 
The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page. 

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants 
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Join Us! 
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:  

  • Resume 
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience 
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description) 

For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to 

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Katie Robertson via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address. 

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description

Applications close: 22 May 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


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