Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Genetics

University of Tasmania


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Job no: 494497

Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Academic - Research Focus

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Molecular Genetics

  • Full time, fixed term (2.5 year) position – commencing May/June 2020
  • Based in Hobart, Australia
  • Design and conduct high quality research of national and increasingly of international standing

The College of Health and Medicine brings together five key entities: the School of Health Sciences, the Tasmanian School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. The structure provides the optimal model to boost health and medical research performance and transform health outcomes for the Tasmanian community and more broadly.

The Opportunity

You will contribute to an Australian Research Council-funded project aimed at understanding the molecular basis of insect odorant receptor function, in the laboratory of Professor Coral Warr. In the Warr laboratory we use the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster to study various aspects of how cells respond to environmental signals.  We are based in the world class research facilities of the University’s Medical Sciences Precinct, shared by researchers from the Tasmanian School of Medicine, the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, and the Wicking Dementia Research Centre. The co-location of such a large number of world-class cell biology and neuroscience research groups creates a vibrant intellectual environment for this research project.

The beautiful city of Hobart offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a strong arts culture. The state of Tasmania is known for its pleasant, temperate climate, internationally-significant and picturesque wilderness, and heritage sites. Hobart offers the perfect city/wilderness lifestyle.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Make an effective and sustained contribution to the University in achieving its strategic objectives and fulfilling its operational responsibilities.
  • Design and conduct high quality research of national and increasingly of international standing, and work with laboratory head to help secure external competitive and other funding and publish research findings.
  • Contribute to the training of undergraduate and postgraduate research students.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links inside the University and locally and nationally with the discipline, relevant interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and/or wider community


Your Application

To be successful in the role, your application will need to demonstrate;

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • An excellent record of, and continuing commitment to, research that has achieved national recognition and made worthwhile contributions to the fields of molecular genetics and cell biology, demonstrated by a record of quality publications and presentations at conferences.
  • Expertise in cell and molecular biology. Applicants with expertise in cell culture and calcium imaging, and/or expertise in working with Drosophila melanogaster or other insects, are particularly suited to this role.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with other staff and students.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level A and will have a total remuneration package of up to $108,076 comprising base salary within the range of $71,443 to $92,373 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply

  • To apply online, please provide your resume, cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role, and your responses to the position/selection criteria
  • For further information about this position, please contact Professor Coral Warr, Professor in Biomedical Sciences, or 03 6226 7779.
  • Please visit for our guide to applying and details on the recruitment process.

Applications close Thursday, 13 February 2020, 11.55pm

Download File PD - Postdoctoral Research Fellow.pdf

Advertised: 16 Jan 2020 Tasmania Daylight Time

Applications close: 13 Feb 2020 Tasmania Daylight Time

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