Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Synthetic Biology

The University of Western Australia
Perth (Region), Western Australia (AU)
Salary range: Level C $117,857 - $135,900 p.a. or Level D $141,910 - $156,343 p.a.
February 23 2018
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
  • Tenurable appointment
  • Salary range: Level C $117,857 - $135,900 p.a. or Level D $141,910 - $156,343 p.a.

Faculty of Science

School of Molecular Sciences

Be Inspired Research Theme: Designing our future

The University of Western Australia is one of the world’s most prestigious research universities, located in a beautiful and diverse biological and geographical region. With an incredibly rich local heritage, the University taps into global networks of knowledge, education and research.

Our research focus extends far beyond the geographical boundaries of the University campus. From gravitational waves to the human microbiome, our research encompasses everything from improving human health and wellbeing to explaining the mysteries of the universe.

Home of Nobel Laureates, Oscar winners, Gates Foundation recipients and winners of national teaching awards, we welcome inspiring individuals to help take research from the lab, to the classroom and the world.

About the team

The Faculty of Science has a global perspective focused on the challenges facing humanity over the next 50 years. Irrespective of the metrics used, our research is highly regarded nationally and internationally and we have world-leading expertise across a diversity of disciplines embracing the agricultural, chemical, earth, environmental, physical, human and health sciences.  Our research excellence is built around the core, disciplinary strengths of our schools that serve to integrate and connect our teaching with our research.  The University of Western Australia is rated at above, or well-above, world standard in 38 fields of research, and 79% of these are in a science field. Our research and teaching is interdisciplinary and aligned to 6 strategic themes (global challenges) where our expertise is ideally placed to have a transformative impact:  Preventing, Diagnosing and Treating Disease; Energy and Mineral Resources for a Sustainable Future; Furthering Human Knowledge and Serving Humanity; Managing and Restoring the Natural Environment; Feeding the World; and Enhancing Physical Mental and Social Wellbeing and Performance. 

The School of Molecular Sciences provides an excellent environment for generating translatable, practical solutions to key global problems in agriculture, environmental science, biology, medicine and health, and engineering. Spanning the fields of chemistry, chemical biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular genetics, nanotechnology and systems biology, our internationally-recognised experts publish in the best journals, hold patents, spin out companies and collaborate with industry, hospitals and community stakeholders.

The School, based in UWA’s iconic Bayliss Building, supports a vibrant environment for multi-disciplinary research, high quality PhD training and industry engagement. Our research-informed hands-on practical teaching programmes prepare our undergraduate, honours and masters students to make an impact in the chemical and biomolecular sciences.

About the opportunity

This foundation appointment in Synthetic Biology will allow you to build an internationally recognised program of independent research while engaging in collaborative research projects across the School, Faculty and University, providing expertise to academic staff and research students in all areas of Synthetic Biology, taking part in high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, and providing direction in translation of fundamental biomolecular science. 

To be considered for this position, you must hold a PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics or an allied science, an established track record of research output and capabilities in Synthetic Biology. You will possess the ability to work both independently and co-operatively with collaborators and as part of a team.

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria. You are encouraged to supply a curriculum vitae or academic portfolio in support of your application.

Closing date: Wednesday, 2 May 2018.

This position is open to international applicants.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.