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Bioengineers, Synthetic Biologists and Computational Biologists to establish and drive new research initiatives 

Outstanding opportunities are available for future researcher leaders to establish their independent research group in a dynamic, interdisciplinary and highly collaborative environment in the EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science at UNSW Sydney, Australia.

Our research teams aim to solve fundamental problems in biology and medicine by developing novel approaches in ‘bottom up’ single molecule biophysics/structural biology combined with ‘top down’ cell biology/physiology.

We are looking for creative and innovative researchers in the following areas:

Bioengineers – including engineers and scientists who develop engineering solutions to address biological questions, for example via organs- or tissues-on-chips, microfluidics, bioprinting, automation of cell biology and clinical testing

Synthetic Biologists – including biologists and chemists who aim to build new biological systems, synthetic cell therapies or biologics by developing and applying gene-editing or ‘codon recoding’ strategies, genetic code expansion or protein engineering and other approaches

Computational biologists, bioinformaticians and theoreticians  – including thinkers who creatively integrate theory and experiments, exploit diverse and large data sets, or use AI, machine learning and data visualisation to create a new perspective of biology


EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science at UNSW

Australia is the first Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). Single Molecule Science (SMS) was established as an EMBL Australia Node in 2015, and is a part of the EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network.

Our over-arching goals are developing novel conceptual and experimental approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms of cells and biomedical systems, as well as develop new tools and biological systems to solve challenging problems. 

We have unique microscopy capabilities in super-resolution and single molecule imaging (including lattice light-sheet microscopy) developed by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging and supported by the Biomedical Imaging Facility. Group Leaders also have access to UNSW facilities in electron microscopy, nanofabrication, high performance computing, drug development, genomics, proteomics and (transgenic) animal models. For more details visit the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre.

Group Leader Positions

Successful candidates will develop and lead new research capabilities that are complimentary to, and can benefit from the existing scientific strengths and technologies at SMS. Learn more about our research programs here.

EMBL Australia Group Leader positions include funding for a research team and a generous annual research allowance. During the course of their tenure, applicants will be encouraged to apply for fellowships and grants to expand their research program.

The appointment will be for a period of five years, with the possibility of extension for an additional four years.

EMBL Australia researchers benefit from close interactions with other EMBL Australia groups working on disease models, regenerative medicine, single molecule science, structural biology, and high resolution imaging, using a broad range of model organisms.

EMBL Australia researchers also gain access to the complementary facilities and expertise at EMBL in Europe and a growing network of groups at other national participating institutions in a dynamic, collaborative, internationally focused network. More about EMBL Australia here.

Some shortlisted candidates may be better suited as Scientia Research Fellows, and they will be advised accordingly after deliberation by the interview panel.

UNSW Scientia Research Fellowships are an alternative avenue for funding. These Fellowships are for four years, with the possibility of extending for a further four years, and will provide a pathway to continuing academic appointment at UNSW

Recipients of UNSW Scientia Research Fellowships also hold Group Leader positions in SMS with start-up budgets and research allowance negotiated on a case-by-case basis. Scientia Fellows also receive a separate development and collaboration support package of $20,000 – $40,000 per annum and access to a unique range of development opportunities across research, teaching and learning and leadership and engagement relevant to career stage. All Group Leaders, including UNSW Scientia Fellows, are expected to secure external grants (from e.g. ARC, NHMRC) to support their research programs.

More about the Scientia Fellowship Program here.


More details

For general enquires, please contact:

For further information, please contact the EMBL Australia Node Head at UNSW, Scientia Professor Katharina Gaus


Please email (in English) a cover letter plus your CV, contact details of 3 referees with a summary of current and future research interests (Maximum 4 pages) to

Shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for a week-long interview held in Sydney, Australia, which includes a tour of our facilities, seminars, and panel and individual interviews.

Interviews will be scheduled for the period between 21 May – 1 June 2018.

Successful applicants are expected to take up their positions in early 2019, or otherwise negotiated.

Applications close on Friday, 5 April 2018

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