University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

Research Associate in Photobiology

University of Technology Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Research Associate in Photobiology

Climate Change Cluster (C3)/Faculty of Science

  • Exciting opportunity for an early career researcher to build your career by working on ground-breaking projects in Photobiology.
  • Work in a dynamic inclusive environment with access to state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Scope to be mentored by world class researchers.


At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose – we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are now among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines. UTS Equal Futures celebrates and supports women in academia through every stage of their career.


About the role

At the Climate Change Cluster (C3), our vision is to deliver transformational research that addresses global issues of major environmental, social and economic importance such as nutrition, food and energy security, sustainability, ecological resilience and health.


Reporting into Professor Peter Ralph, you will provide expertise in the photosynthetic assessment of plants (micro/macro algae) and characterizing the bio-optical/bio-physical properties for a range of existing and future research projects, ranging from microbial genomics and transcriptomics, to microalgal diversity, phylogenetics and evolution, plant and biotic and abiotic stress responses in corals.

You will also contribute to the development and research performance of C3 by providing input and guidance on the bio-optics, photobiology and phenotypic screening of algae, as well as using skills in interfacing electronic/optical instruments, to ensure the satisfactory progress of the research projects in C3.


About the Institute

Since its inception in 2008, the Climate Change Cluster, (C3) at the University of Technology Sydney has been delivering on its strategic plan to build momentum, increase impact and be recognised internationally for its research excellence.


We have an inclusive culture that embraces differences and values people. We are collegial, supportive and respectful while nurturing optimum research performance and career development in an intellectually stimulating environment.


We want be globally renowned for transforming society through scientific discovery, by delivering meaningful innovations to Australia’s bioeconomy.


The institute has quadrupled in size since 2008 and has expanded its research capability from ecology to include additional expertise in plant physiology, microbiology, cellular biology, microfluidics, biochemistry, molecular biology (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics), physics (bio-optics), , ecological modelling, chemistry, bio-informatics and remote sensing.

 

About you:

To be successful in securing this role you will have:

  • A PhD in bio-optics or photobiology of plants.
  • Extensive expertise in the characterizing of the bio-optical properties of micro and macroalgae and aquatic plants with a detailed knowledge of light harvesting and photoprotective processes, and molecular biology, processes relating to photosynthesis.    
  • Knowledge of current debates and issues in the field of photobiology in the context of optimising photosynthesis, wavelength dependent photosynthesis.
  • Knowledge of algal phenomics or algal phenotypic screening.
  • Demonstrated experience working with spectroscopy, fluorescence imaging and fluorometry (PAM, fRRF).
  • Demonstrated experience working with algal phenomics.
  • Demonstrated experience in publication of research findings in international journals
  • Demonstrated ability to work flexibly and independently under broad direction within a multidisciplinary team environment.


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 term basis for two 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. 

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at recruitment@uts.edu.au 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: Wednesday 12th June 2019 at 11.59pm (AEST)

 

At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose – we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity through our Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy, Social Impact Framework and UTS Access and Inclusion Plan.

 

Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are now among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines.

 

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


Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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