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Postdoctoral Fellow - Cell Biology/Bioengineer

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

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The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with a highly interdisciplinary team of scientists, spanning molecular biology, bioengineering, chemistry, and materials science and engineering. Lab members have interests in using materials chemistry to emulate aspects of the cell and tissue microenvironment, towards model systems of development and disease, and new approaches for regenerative medicine. The team has strong connection to various medical research groups at UNSW and outside UNSW.

About the role

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

The Postdoctoral Fellow will establish new classes of heterotypic tumour models using various microengineering and 3D bioprinting techniques. This will involve the development of novel hydrogel biomaterials, spatial organisation of tumour cells, stroma, vasculature and immune components, with scope for translation to high-throughput formats and high-content imaging.

The Postdoctoral Fellow reports to Associate Professor Kris Kilian and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Perform daily cell and tissue culture in a BSL2 laboratory.
  • Develop tuneable 3D hydrogel biomaterials and encapsulate cells, spheroids and organoids.
  • Perform immunofluorescence staining and imaging, flow cytometry, qRT-PCR, western analysis, etc.
  • Design and develop high-throughput/high-content assays for combinatorial drug studies.
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific papers and reports for international journals and progress reporting to other researchers and industry partners.
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Contribute to the preparation of research proposal submissions to funding bodies and actively seek collaboration with industry partners as appropriate.
  • Participate in and/or present at conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required.
  • Assist with the supervision of research students in the research area where required.
  • Coordinate activities in the field and provide monthly reports on progress.
  • Assist with management of research laboratory.
  • 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:

  • A PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge in cell and molecular biology.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in hydrogel biomaterials and multicellular structures (spheroids, organoids).
  • Demonstrated track record of publications in high-impact journals in biomedical engineering and cell biology.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders and students.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising and training research students.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.


  • Demonstrated experience working with animals and patient derived xenograft models.
  • Demonstrated experience with high-throughput cell assays.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

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

Kris Kilian

Applications close: October 14th, 2020

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