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Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Molecular and Synthetic Biology

Location: Neilan Laboratory of Microbial and Molecular Diversity School of Environmental and Life Sciences University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia

Available for immediate start
Closing date: 01 November 2018

Academic Level: A
Contract type: Full time. Fixed term, 1 year with opportunity for extension

About the role: An exciting opportunity to develop and undertake cutting edge research and provide research support within the Neilan Laboratory of Microbial and Molecular Diversity. Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to lead the heterologous expression of enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of cyanobacterial toxins and other bioactive molecules.

Under the direction of Prof. Neilan, the successful applicant will independently carry out research activities and work collaboratively with members of the research group, supervise research students, prepare manuscripts and assist with other forms of scientific writing.
Applicants must have experience in molecular biology and possess a doctoral degree (or shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant scientific discipline. A strong publication record, relative to opportunity is desired. Additionally, the applicant must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to priorities tasks to meet deadlines.

Competency in the following techniques is desired:
- Genome mining
- Large insert clone library construction/fosmid cloning
- Cloning and expression of genes /gene clusters in heterologous hosts
- Enzyme purification and biochemical analyses
- Extraction, purification and structural characterisation of natural products
- Analytical chemistry

About the institute: The University of Newcastle (UON) stands as a global leader, distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence, and to creating a better future for its regions through a focus on innovation and impact. Located on the east coast of Australia (1.5 hours north of Sydney), Newcastle is situated in the heart of the Hunter Region and is bordered by a stunning coastline with beautiful beaches.

How to apply: Applications should be emailed to the laboratory manager:

Format: Please send a single document, including a cover letter outlining your motivations, a
response to the selection criteria and your CV. 


Do you know a high achieving, enthusiastic student looking for a PhD in grape and/or wine research?


Generous postgraduate research opportunities are currently available to join the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production.


These projects offer a unique opportunity to work on industry-linked projects with leading grape and wine researchers and wine industry partners. All projects include an industry placement component.


The positions will be based at either the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine at The University of Adelaide (UA - Waite campus) or The National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU - Wagga Wagga, NSW).


Available projects span the grape and wine production chain


  • Inter-vine signalling via plant volatiles (UA)
  • Genetic basis of salt exclusion in grapevine (UA)
  • Rapid assessment of grapes prior to harvest to quantify fungal off-flavours and product composition (CSU)
  • Alternatives to sulfur dioxide for controlling Brettanomyces spoilage in wine (UA)
  • The impact of light on oxidative and reductive aging of wine (CSU)
  • Defining and exploiting the indigenous microflora of grapes (UA)
  • Efficient red winemaking by monitoring extraction and evolution of colour and polyphenols (UA)
  • Efficient red winemaking by monitoring extraction and evolution of colour and polyphenols (UA – Masters position)
  • Membrane filtration technologies for efficient wine processing and recovery of valuable extracts (UA)


Information on available projects can be found on the join us page of the ARC TC-IWP website along with eligibility, stipend and application information.  We encourage anyone interested in specific project(s) to get in touch with the listed project supervisor to express your interest and discuss the project in more detail before applying.


Applications are open to suitably qualified Australian domestic and international students.  Successful applicants will receive an indicative stipend of $32,302 per annum as set by the ARC for three years (PhD) or two years (MPhil) as well as generous project operating funds.



Applications will remain open until all projects are filled



The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (IC170100008) with additional support from Wine Australia and industry partners


Additional contacts:


Training Centre Manager Dr Joanna Sundstrom

Training Centre Director Professor Vladimir Jiranek