Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biosciences

University of New South Wales


Senior Lecturer - Molecular Biosciences

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Job no: 498415

Work type: Fixed term / Full time

Location: Sydney, NSW

Categories: Senior Lecturer

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences (BABS) has an international reputation in biotechnology, molecular and cellular biology, and microbiology, including proteomics and genomics, gene regulation, metabolism, environmental microbiology and infectious diseases. BABS teaches approximately 2,000 full-time equivalent students. In 2019, the School employs 34 academics, 28 postdoctoral research associates or fellows, approximately 20 other research staff, 12 technical officers, and 4 administrative staff and supervises 152 higher degree research students. The School’s yearly operational budget is approximately $11M, with available research funds of approximately $9 million annually.

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)‐Australia Node in Single Molecule Science (SMS) was established at UNSW in 2015. The aim of SMS is to obtain future research leaders to develop novel conceptual and experimental approaches for challenging problems in biology and medicine. As it is now possible to map interactions of individual molecules in time and space within the cellular and tissue architecture and thus link molecule processes to functional outcomes, the Unit’s goal is to turn this vision into reality.

The Senior Lecturer will be an expert and work in one or more of the areas of genomics, biotechnology, bioinformatics, microbiology or single molecule science within both the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences and the Single Molecule Science Unit.

About the role

  • $130K - $149K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 5 years Convertible Tenure Track (CTT)
  • Full time (35 hours)

The Senior Lecturer will report to the Head, School of BABS Professor Marcel Dinger with a dotted line to the UNSW EMBL Australia Node Head, Professor Katharina Gaus. The role has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Lead an original research program in molecular biosciences
  • Actively perform and, where appropriate, lead research projects in the areas that align with the research strengths of BABS and SMS with a view to publish work in influential and high-impact scholarly journals.
  • Secure competitive external research funding.
  • Provide leadership in local research networks/alliances to consolidate and strengthen UNSW’s ties to the Australian biomolecular sciences and biotechnology community.
  • Supervise postdoctoral researchers, and research students, including undergraduate, honours and PhD research projects as required.
  • Effectively teach at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, including the preparation and delivery of lectures, seminars, and tutorials, development of course material, marking and assessment, and consultation with students.
  • Develop new course material and flexible approaches to teaching and learning
  • Perform other duties, including high level administrative tasks as assigned by the Head of School
  • Participate in the department seminars and colloquia.
  • Disseminate research results from work undertaken while at UNSW through refereed publications, conference presentations and invited lectures.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD in a relevant field.
  • High impact publication record at an internationally recognised level with focus on one or more areas of genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology, single molecule science and molecular and cellular biology.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the capacity to work collaboratively and foster harmonious workplace relations.
  • Demonstrated capability to establish an independent research group, and potential for leadership within the molecular biosciences community.
  • A record of or demonstrated potential to attract external research funding.
  • Demonstrated experience to establish research collaborations at the national and international level.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising research students.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate level and willingness to teach a wide range of undergraduate subjects.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Marcel Dinger

Applications close: January 24th, 2020

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Position Description

Advertised: 26 Nov 2019 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 24 Jan 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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