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Research Fellow, Protein Turnover


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  • Enhance your research career and join a team of passionate and collaborative scientists led by Laureate Fellow Professor Harvey Millar in the School of Molecular Sciences and ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology
  • Make an impact by contributing to discoveries in plant proteomics by research and development of novel approaches to understanding protein turnover and the function of proteins in plant biology.
  • Full time, fixed term 3 year appointment commencing from 1 June 2021
  • Salary range: Level B, $102,983 - $121,864 p.a. plus superannuation
School of Molecular Sciences

ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to 'innovate and inspire' there is no better time to join Western Australia's top University.

About the team

The Millar Laboratory in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology in the School of Molecular Biology is researching protein dynamics in plant systems to make discoveries about translational and post-translational regulation that underpin protein abundance, protein function and protein degradation and how they relate to the energetic cost of protein dynamics in cellular function and the use of cell resources.

The laboratory operates in a broader context of molecular life sciences of plants at The University of Western Australia and collaborates with international researchers in aligned areas and industry with interests in protein production and abundance in model plants and crops. The laboratory has expertise and equipment to fuel cutting-edge research in proteomics and genomics.

About the opportunity

Under broad directions, you will undertake research and development of innovative approaches to discover new characteristics that influence the rate of protein synthesis in vivo, to discover new protein characteristics that affect the pathway and rate of protein degradation in vivo, and to discover new connections between protein age and enzyme function. You will be supervised by Professor Harvey Millar, collaborate closely with the other staff and students of his laboratory, build relationships and collaborations with research groups in Australia and Overseas and play key roles in biological discovery, technology development and student supervision at UWA.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:
  • PhD in protein chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology, or related discipline
  • Experience in development and execution of quantitative proteomics, protein dynamics, protein turnover and/or enzyme function experiments
  • Experience in plant biology and undertaking plant experiments
  • Experience in project management
  • Strong computing and data management skills
  • Evidence of a strong track record in high quality scientific publication and experience in preparing manuscripts for publication
  • Evidence of successful supervision of post graduate students
About you

To succeed in this position, you will possess relevant experience in the field of protein turnover and/or enzyme function with the ability to work independently with broad directions and strong project management skills. You will also have prior experience in undertaking successful supervision of post graduate students with a strong track record in high quality scientific publication, relative to opportunity.

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria

Closing date: Thursday, 6 May 2021

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.
  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.

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