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Molecular And Cellular Biologist/biochemist

La Trobe University - Australia,

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Molecular and Cellular Biologist/Biochemist

Job No.:561029

Work type:Fixed Term

  • Full time
  • Role based at the AgriBio Biulding
  • Level B
  • 3 year fixed term appointment
About the role

A Research Fellow is required to conduct research in cereals in the critical area of dietary fibre. A lack of sufficient soluble fibre - water-soluble cell wall polysaccharides of which (1,3;1,4)-β-glucans (mixed-linkage glucans, MLG) are the major component in cereals - in our diets is a major contributor to a number of diet-related, non-communicable diseases. The research project is focused on revealing new knowledge about the molecular mechanism(s) of synthesis and regulation of MLG by the cellulose synthase-like F (CSLF) gene family. The major aims of the project are to define the region(s) within CSLF6, the major MLG synthase, that controls the specificity of the β-glucosidic linkage and to investigate its modes of regulation.

The successful applicant will have established a track record of high-quality publications in the fields of plant molecular biology/biochemistry and a demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively in a team environment. The appointee will be involved in supervision of students/technical staff and is expected to take responsibility for and show leadership in their work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver project milestones. They will develop and/or optimise techniques and implement state-of-the-art approaches for the molecular, cellular and biochemical analysis of plant tissues and the genes and proteins that are the target of the study. They will comply with all regulations governing research related to the plants utilised for experimental purposes.

Skills & Experience

To be successful in this role you will required to work independently, efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision. You must have experience in the majority of the following areas; modern molecular cloning techniques, preparation of plant tissue for imaging (e.g. light, confocal and electron microscopy), and protein biochemistry (e.g. enzyme assays and product analysis; protein purification expression and characterisation). You must also fulfill all OHS and access requirements in AgriBio. Knowledge of grass biology is desirable.

We are seeking someone who can start as soon as possible.

How to Apply

Closing date: 11pm Wednesday 5th May 2021

Position Enquiries: A/Prof. Monika Doblin, +61 3 9032 7422, M.Doblin@latrobe.edu.au

Position Description below:

Only candidates with full working rights in Australia may apply for this position.

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:
  • Cover letter;
  • An up to date resume; and
  • A separate document addressing each essential and desirable bullet point in the Key Selection Criteria which is located in the position description.
  • The names of at least 2 referees
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La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We encourage people with a disability, lived experience of disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this position

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005. If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

For further enquiries on how to apply for this role, please contact Recruitment Partner Justin Bolton on +61 (03) 9479 1073

To apply and to view position description please visit and search for job number 561029 under current vacancies.


Closing Date:05/5/2021

La Trobe University