Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Nanotechnology for Immunology

Position summary

Located in the Department of Chemical Engineering, this position offers aspiring researchers the opportunity to join the dynamic Caruso Nanoengineering Group of the Department of Chemical Engineering under the direction of Professor Frank Caruso, within our highly-ranked Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. The appointee will report directly to Professor Caruso and will be responsible for research at the interface of science, engineering and medicine.

The role will focus on fundamental and application-based nanomaterials research in HIV cure and prevention. The appointee is expected to work in close collaboration with HIV researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute (Melbourne) and the Kirby Institute (Sydney), as well as within the group, which constitutes a multidisciplinary team of engineers, chemists, and life scientists.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to initiate and lead independent research to successful outcomes, which will involve leading the preparation and publication of research outcomes in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and presenting outcomes to a wide audience in relevant national and international conferences. The fellow is also expected to report on the outcomes of his/her work in a timely fashion through both oral presentations and written reports and will be expected to keep abreast of the latest developments in the fields of materials science, biomaterials, nanotechnology for immunology and HIV.

In this position, the fellow may be asked to co-supervise research students and research assistants and play an active role in instrument training, implementing safe and ethical laboratory and research practices, and maintaining neat laboratory and office spaces.

Selection criteria

1.1 Essential

1.1.1 A PhD in engineering, science or a cognate discipline;

1.1.2 A record of high-quality research as evidenced by publications in leading journals commensurate with opportunity

1.1.3 Demonstrated potential to achieve the highest levels of scholarship in scientific research;

1.1.4 Ability to perform independent research with a commitment to interdisciplinary research

1.1.5 Demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to various audiences (e.g., technical, non-technical, medical, materials)

1.1.6 Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentations of research results at conferences, internal forums and manuscript submissions.

1.1.7 Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team

1.2 Desirable

1.2.1 A research or academic background in immunology, virology, molecular biology or a similar biomedical discipline.

1.2.2 Demonstrated capacity to build collaboration with a range of researchers from other disciplines.

Key responsibilities

  • The conduct of research either as a member of a team or independently, and the production of reports, conference and seminar papers and publications from that research.
  • Meet objective targets in a timely manner.
  • Supervision of research support staff involved in the staff member’s research.
  • Supervision, or where appropriate, supervision of major postgraduate research projects within the field of the staff member’s area of research.
  • Involvement in professional activities including, subject to availability of funds, attendance at conferences and seminars in the field of expertise.
  • Administrative functions primarily connected with the area of research.
  • Attendance at meetings associated with research or the work of the organisational unit to which the research is connected and/or at Departmental and/or Faculty meetings and/or membership of a limited number of committees.
  • Contribution to the preparation, or where appropriate, individual preparation of research proposal submissions to external funding bodies.
  • Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) responsibilities

Please contact Prof Frank Caruso:
Telephone: 8344 3461