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Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Protein & Peptide Science)

Edith Cowan University - Joondalup, WA

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$90,957 – $97,389 (ALEVA Step 6 - 8)

2 Year Fixed-Term Appointment, Full-Time, Joondalup Campus or QLD Based (St Lucia - Brisbane)

Open to applicants with the relevant working rights

$90,957 – $97,389 (ALEVA Step 6 - 8)

Organisational Environment
The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science (CIPPS) is a nationally funded research centre headquartered at The University of Queensland (UQ). The Centre is a consortium of six Australian universities, led by UQ, with nodes at The University of Sydney, The Australian National University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, and Edith Cowan University, and includes several leading domestic and international partner institutions.

Funded through a seven-year $35M grant and an additional $54M in cash and in-kind contributions from the Centre’s national and international partners, the Centre aims to unleash the potential of peptides and proteins for human benefit. Peptides and proteins are the working molecules of life and understanding their structures and functions will allow Centre researchers and their partners to apply them in applications in fundamental science, agriculture, medicine and biotechnology. Our capacity-building programs are training a new generation of scientists in cutting-edge fundamental research, innovation, and entrepreneurialism.

The three key research themes of the Centre are to:

  • Discover novel peptides and proteins from Australian flora and fauna;
  • Decode the functions of these peptides and proteins;
  • Develop translated outcomes based on the knowledge generated from the Discover and Decode themes.
The Centre has 14 Chief Investigators, 8 international Partner Investigators, and 51 international and domestic Associate Investigators spanning fifteen (15) Australian universities and research institutes and twenty-nine (29) national and international research partners. Further information about the Centre can be found at http://www.cipps.org.au/

About This Opportunity
As a post-doctoral fellow with Edith Cowan University, and working closely with CSIRO Agriculture and Food, you will be supported by a diverse team of peptide and protein scientists from six Australian universities as a member of CIPPS. This Postdoctoral Research Fellowship will be located within the lab of Professor Michelle Colgrave and contribute to relevant ARC CIPPS research programs. The major focus of your project will be to apply peptide and protein chemistry, transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics to discover novel bioactive peptides and understand the role these have in biological systems.

All Postdoctoral Research Fellows will have access to the ARC Centre of Excellence’s research training and professional development opportunities, international visiting fellowships and exchanges (travel arrangements permitting), and the Centre’s network of industry partners.

The Person
Applicants should possess a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. Chemistry or Biological Chemistry) and demonstrated skills and experience in peptide and protein chemistry, transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. You should also have a strong desire to develop a successful and highly productive research career in peptide and protein science, and possess evidence of a contribution to collaborative research, including the ability to work collaboratively with remote colleagues.

Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Conducting high-quality research relevant to specific Centre research themes, both independently and as part of project teams;
  • Identify and characterise peptides and proteins from Nature by performing comprehensive integrated ‘omic’ analyses;
  • Explore the biological activity of newly discovered peptides and proteins;
  • Use bioinformatics to define protein or peptide components that deliver targeted scientific, agricultural, biotechnology, animal health and pharmaceutical applications;
  • Preparing and publishing research outcomes in relevant high-quality refereed journals, reports and/or books;
  • Delivering high quality research presentations at seminars, conferences and industry meetings, and engage with external stakeholders;
  • Providing mentorship and guidance to more junior research trainees;
  • Contributing actively to the ARC CIPPS’s research culture, including participation in Centre-wide initiatives as well as outreach and engagement activities;
  • Contributing to safe laboratory working environment and comply with health and safety policies, procedures, hazard reporting and safe work practices; and
  • Complying with University and ARC Centre requirements with respect to research ethics and integrity and data management.
Project-Specific :Essential:
  • Evidence of 5-10 refereed publications and/or non-traditional research outputs in the last 5 years;
  • Experience in liquid chromatography (HPLC) and mass spectrometry (MS), preferably LC-MS/MS based proteomics and related software;
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, problem-solving skills and experience in peptide/protein chemistry and proteomics;
  • Experience in bioinformatics, statistics and/or data science relevant to protein or peptide analysis.
  • Experience in operating HPLC and mass spectrometry equipment (preferably SCIEX), with a track record of equipment maintenance;
  • Experience in statistics;
  • Knowledge in Python/R and ability to write and develop scripts.
This position can be based either at ECU’s Joondalup Campus in Western Australia or at the CSIRO facility in St Lucia Brisbane. Regardless of base, there will be an expectation of travel between the two locations

You will also demonstrate personal attributes that are congruent with the University’s values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry and Personal Excellence.

Benefits & Remuneration
This fixed term position attracts remuneration of $90,957 – $97,389 (ALEVA Step 6 - 8) plus 17% University superannuation contribution.

ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.

ECU has an Award-winning Health and Wellness Program and an extensive range of staff benefits across entertainment, financial, health, travel and consumer goods and services.

For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our website Employment Opportunities .

Interested applicants are welcome to contact Professor Michelle Colgrave on m.colgrave@ecu.edu.au for more information.

How to Apply
Please upload your resume along with a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role, with a particular focus on the requirements in the ad above. Please also indicate two or more referees and contact details.

Closing Date
Applications close on Monday 15 February 2021 at 11:30pm AWST.


ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.


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