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Research Associate - Microbiologist

Curtin University
Western Australia (AU)
$77,828 - $105,008 (ALA) per annum, plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
Jan 5, 2024

School of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Consolidating engineering, economics, and science capabilities to form School of Earth and Planetary Sciences: The School provides world-class training for geoscientific and geospatial careers through our industry-recognised teaching programs, and undertakes fundamental and applied research into the past, present and future of our planet and solar system.

The Western Australian Organic & Isotope Geochemistry Centre is a highly interdisciplinary program (spanning Chemistry, Organic Geochemistry, Biology, Geology, Agriculture, Environment, Medicine, Paleontology, Palynology, Microbiology disciplines). WA-OIGC is part of The Institute for Geoscience Research – an internationally recognised Centre contributing to world-class research. 
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About the role

This dynamic role contributes primarily to research-based activities as part of an ARC Laureate project of Prof. Kliti Grice, making independent and original contributions to Microbiology research across multiple versatile projects. The assigned projects will include conducting experiments relating to microbial modern fossilisation through use of microbes.

  • Undertake national and international competitive research.
  • Develop high quality research program aligned to the University research strategy.
  • Play a significant role in research projects, including leadership of research teams and/or projects.
  • Be lead chief investigator in applications for nationally competitive research grants and/or fellowships.
  • Disseminate research findings through seminars, workshops, and conferences.
  • Produce quality research outputs with publication in high quality journals, or outputs in other creative outlets consistent with an international reputation in the discipline.
  • Undertake principal supervision of honours, research masters, and research doctoral students.
  • Provide leadership and foster and promote relationships with professional bodies, industry and affiliated associations, government departments, and the wider community.
  • Have developed an independent research program.
  • Participate in the delivery of research led educational programs as required by the Head of School.

If you have any queries in relation to the requirements of the role, please contact Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow Kliti Grice at
Join us

Your application should include a cover letter, your CV and separate document addressing the selection criteria (noted below) to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.
Essential Criteria:

  • A doctoral qualification in Microbiology.
  • A minimum of 1-3 years of demonstrated Anaerobic laboratory experience.
  • Strong experience working in interdisciplinary teams, with demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to commit to the development of a collegial and supportive working environment.
  • An established record of research outputs/creative works in high quality refereed journals/outlets consistent with the discipline.
  • Evidence of an established national reputation and growing international profile by, for example, journal standing, citation indices, independent critical acclaim or equivalent esteem measures, prizes and awards, or invitations to present at prestigious institutions, events, or major conferences.
  • Demonstrated experience or capacity to provide research leadership.
  • A history of successful competitive grant applications and record of obtaining research income.
  • Demonstrated experience and record of providing supervision to HDR students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to applying relevant and applicable policies, procedures, and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of this position.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of working collaboratively with industry and community engagement.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Applicants are not required to address each element of the selection criteria but should provide sufficient information in the application to enable the selection panel to make an informed assessment of their suitability for the role.

Applications close: 3:15PM Australian Western Standard Time, Thursday 18 January 2024
Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, and undergo character, integrity, and reference checks.
We encourage non-Australian citizens/residents to apply however you will require work rights in Australia that match the tenure of this role, and you must be willing to relocate to Perth, Western Australia for the duration of the position.
If you have any queries in relation to the application process, please contact our careers team at
Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.
Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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