First listed on: 02 July 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bacterial Molecular Genetics

Faculty of Science/The ithree institute

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The Faculty of Science aims to ensure equitable representation in all occupational categories and in all levels of its workforce. In an effort to eliminate employment barriers we especially encourage applications from suitably qualified individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, from individuals with primary carer responsibilities, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates and from female candidates.

About the role

This is a fantastic opportunity for an early career researcher specialising in microbiology to join an energetic research Group under the supervision of Chris Rodrigues.

The Rodrigues Lab focuses on how bacteria develop into spores. Bacterial spores are one of the hardiest cell types on Earth and allow bacteria to persist in the environment when nutritional conditions are no longer favourable for growth. Spores are resistant to common sterilisation methods that kill most bacteria and are inert to antibiotics.

The project will examine new molecular aspects of spore development. It will focus on genes of yet defined function that participate in a large protein complex that resembles a specialised secretion system and connects the two cells involved in spore formation. The selected candidate will have an opportunity to develop expertise in bacterial molecular genetics and cell biology approaches and potentially be engaged in other projects involving structural biology and biochemical methods.

As a postdoctoral member of the Rodrigues Lab, you will:

  • Conduct, design and troubleshoot experiments in bacterial molecular genetics, cell biology and biochemistry
  • Contribute to the management of the laboratory
  • Contribute to the mentoring of students
  • Participate in and present at journal club, lab meetings, research seminars and conferences
  • Produce high quality research publications

About you

To secure this role you will have:

  • Previous experience in research
  • Track record of high-quality peer reviewed publications
  • A passion for research and scientific endeavour
  • PhD in molecular biology / biochemistry / genetics
  • Experience in molecular biology (cloning, mutagenesis)
  • Experience in biochemistry (western blotting, immunoprecipitation, protein purification)
  • Experience in transposon-sequencing / Tradis
  • Experience with wide-field fluorescence microscopy

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: $78,170 to $95,206 pa (Level A)

This role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to the base salary.

UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This position is full-time and appointment will be made on a fixed termbasis for 2.5 years. 

Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia’s top young university, and located centrally in one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

How To Apply

For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities please click the apply button and download the Position Statement from the UTS website.

UTS is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workforce and we encourage applicants where relevant to include a relative to opportunity or career disruption/break statement within their CV.

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. 

Only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  

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Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Please be advised that as part of the selection process that you may be requested to deliver a presentation, the audience for which may include individuals not on the Selection Panel.

Closing Date:  30th July, 2019 at 11.59pm(AEST)

Please note: If you have a disability that requires adjustment to the recruitment process or an alternative application pathway please contact for assistance.

We welcome applications from women, Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


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