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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow

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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.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will conduct research related to drug discovery for small molecule anti-obesity drugs. Work includes testing novel small molecule drugs in mice to determine half-life in circulation, tissue distribution, maximal tolerated dose, and oral bioavailability. Lead molecules that are suitable for further development will be tested for efficacy in mouse models of obesity and/or related metabolic disorders. Knowledge and experience on mitochondrial energetics and mouse models of obesity is required. This position is also expected to provide lab management support and assist in the supervision of honours and postgraduate research students as required.

About the role

  • $96K - $103K plus 9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 12 months
  • Full time (35 hours)

The role of Postdoctoral Research Associate reports to Associate Professor Kyle Hoehn, and has no direct reports, however they will assist in supervising and mentoring technicians and/or students. 

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Test novel small molecule drugs in mice to determine half-life in circulation, tissue distribution, maximal tolerated dose, and oral bioavailability.
  • Perform liver biopsy surgery.
  • Test drugs for efficacy in mouse models of fatty liver disease.
  • Analyse small molecules, lipids, and metabolites by mass spectrometry.
  • Determine the effects of drugs on cell metabolism, mitochondrial function, and toxicity.
  • Maintain an animal colony and prepare custom diets.
  • Maintain cell cultures using standard aseptic techniques.
  • Animal handling and treatment (e.g. injection and oral gavage).
  • Humanely collect blood and tissue from mice.
  • Maintain an accurate and well-kept laboratory notebook.
  • Present data at weekly group meetings.
  • Prepare research reports and submit manuscripts to journals for publication.
  • Attend and present research at conferences, meetings and/or training workshops.
  • Work collaboratively with group members and external collaborators.
  • Assist in supervising and mentoring students and junior staff, as and when required.
  • Assist in maintaining computing and other resources in the lab.
  • Take an active role in the effective operation of the research group.
  • Other relevant duties as required by the supervisor.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • 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 discipline related to pharmacology, physiology, or metabolism.
  • Demonstrated experience in mouse models of fatty liver disease
  • Demonstrated experience in small molecule mass spectrometry
  • Demonstrated experience handling animals and processing animal tissues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment, as well as with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of written research reports and manuscripts.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to assist in the mentoring and supervision of research students.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete projects.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills with the capacity to deliver high quality outcomes to deadlines.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • 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.

Kyle Hoehn

Applications close: October 15th , 2020

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