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Research Associate – Liver Microbiome and Nutrition

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Work type: Fixed term / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

The St George and Sutherland Clinical School was established in 1969 and is situated on the grounds of St George and Sutherland Hospitals, Sydney. The School has a long record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and clinical training as well as in biomedical and clinical trials research, with particular strengths in intensive care, thrombosis and haemostasis, surgical oncology and immunology/inflammation fields.

The recently established Microbiome Research Centre (MRC) is located at St George Hospital. The MRC has five research themes including liver disease and liver cancer.

About the role:

  • 1 year Fixed-term, Full-time (35 hr/week) role
  • $76, 570 – $102, 092 (+ 9.5% Superannuation & Leave loading)
  • Based at St George Hospital, Sydney

The Research Associate will work with a team of clinician scientists and basic scientists working at the forefront of research into the role of the microbiome in health and liver disease. Specifically, this position will engage in human and animal research aimed at investigating the diet intervention influence in the microbiome, as well as the role of microbiome modulation in the immune and inflammatory responses in liver disease. The team also investigates the role of the gut microbiota in obesity, metabolic syndrome and chronic liver diseases including non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer.

Please review the position description for more details on the role requirements. Download File Research Associate Level A STGCL

Skills and Experience:

  • A PhD qualification in medical science / nutrition with research experience in obesity, liver disease and microbiome and relevant science degree that provides eligibility for full membership of the Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Excellent track record of research in a related discipline, which has resulted in peer-reviewed publications
  • Highly developed data analysis skills and experience in use of several statistical packages including skills necessary for bio-informatics analysis of sequence and gene expression data
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualise novel research questions in areas relevant to microbiome and liver disease design and conduct complex studies/experiments independently and to develop these into research outputs
  • Evidence of an increasing trajectory of research excellence and productivity
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with proven ability to build successful working relationships with a variety of people, both internal and external, with ability to present results and manuscripts at conferences
  • Proven clinical leadership skills and an ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary framework
  • Proven ability to collaborate on dietary studies using rodent models and analysis of samples of faeces or gut contents
  • Clinical experience with diet intervention, proven clinical assessment skills, including full body composition, anthropometric measurements and food consumption and diet records
  • Demonstrated experience in molecular biology, nucleic acid extraction, PCR amplification and sequencing techniques
  • Demonstrated experience in flow cytometry, cell sorting and cell culture
  • Demonstrated organisational skills with the ability to design and conduct complex studies/experiments independently as well as in a multi-disciplinary team environment

Please address the selection criteria from the position description in your application. You will need to have full working rights for this position.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Contact: A/Professor Amany Zekry


Applications close: 11pm, 24th November 2019

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