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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Work type: Full Time
Vacancy type: Internal Vacancy, External Vacancy
Categories: Academic - Research Only / Fellowship

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About the Role 

The Department of Molecular Sciences (MolSci) is currently seeking a full-time, suitably qualified, Postdoctoral Research Fellow with molecular microbiology experience to contribute to our research project on the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii, reporting to Distinguished Professor Ian Paulsen.

About the Project

The hospital intensive care unit should be a place of healing and care for the most vulnerable.  Nonetheless, several microbial pathogens continue to plague this environment, causing serious infections in the immunocompromised patients that pose ever more challenging problems for clinicians. Acinetobacter baumannii is recognized globally as a challenging, hospital-acquired pathogen and has recently emerged as one of the most problematic organisms worldwide due to its highly drug resistant nature. This project aims to define the key mechanisms of drug resistance and virulence operating in clinical A. baumannii isolates using a combination of genomics, transcriptomics and saturation transposon mutagenesis. This project is funded by three different NHMRC grants aimed at understanding the opportunistic pathogen A. baumannii. More specifically, the three NHMRC project grant aims are:

  • To identify and investigate small RNAs involved in gene regulation and virulence; to define the role of select sRNAs in A. baumannii pathogenesis.
  • To investigate the regulatory circuits controlling expression of multidrug efflux pumps in A. baumannii and identify novel drug efflux pumps.
  • Genomic and transcriptomic analyses to investigate differences in virulence that exist between community- and hospital-acquired strains.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, applicants must address the selection criteria below, and attach your CV (including a list of two referees), a statement of research interests and achievements.


  • PhD in molecular biology, microbiology or a related discipline
  • Excellent knowledge of microbiology and/or molecular biology techniques
  • Experience in genomics, transcriptomic and/or bioinformatics
  • A strong research track record evidenced by first-authored publications in high quality conference and journal publications
  • A track record working both as an independent researcher and in a team-based environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, with an ability to relate to and engage with other staff and students.


  • Minimum one year of previous postdoctoral experience.
  • Previous work with A. baumannii, RNA seq
  • Experience writing grant proposals
  • Experience supervising graduate students

Salary Package: From $101,877 - $120,537 p.a. (Level B) plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term (2 years)

Specific Role Enquiries: Distinguished Professor Ian Paulsen on ext. 8152 or email on

Applications Close: Sunday, 2 September 2018 at 11:55pm AEST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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