University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Postdoctoral Fellow / Senior Research Associate – Cellular Agriculture


Sydney, Australia

The Opportunity
The Postdoctoral Fellow/Senior Research Associate will drive and contribute to research aimed at the improvement of applied tissue culture in the School of Chemical Engineering. The role will support Professor Johannes le Coutre’s team, meet project milestones and will build productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders. It is planned to develop leading and visible recognition in the emerging field of cellular agriculture.

The role will report to Professor Johannes le Coutre and has no direct reports. Professor le Coutre joined UNSW in 2019. This role is an opportunity to join a new and exciting team.

• Salary, $95,449 – $126,386 + superannuation
• Full time
• Fixed-term contract – 3 years
• Location: Kensington – Sydney, Australia
• Up to 2 positions

About UNSW
UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. This position is within the School of Chemical Engineering

Selection Criteria

Level A:
• PhD in Developmental Biology or related area.
• Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision.
• Demonstrated track record of publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity.
• 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.
• Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Level B:
In addition to the above, essential criteria for Level B include:
• PhD in Developmental Biology or related area.
• Experience with the ongoing discussion in the food/nutrition and agricultural domains about the significance of alternative proteins.
• At least two years of experience in a postdoctoral position conducting research in the field of tissue culture, serum replacement and upscaling of growth yields.
• Proven research and publication track record, particularly in high quality peer-reviewed journals.
• Demonstrated ability to supervisor honours and postgraduate research students.

Additional details about the specific responsibilities for these positions can be found in the position description via the advert on

Within your application you should address the selection criteria which are listed within the position description.
Please apply online at Applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed below.

Penny Spencer
T: +61 2 9385 0708
Applications close: 11:50pm, Sunday 1st March 2020

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.
UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

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