Postdoc Vacancy @ Mater Research – Microbiology/Immunology Candidates Apply

Postdoc Vacancy @ Mater Research – Microbiology/Immunology

Joining a 10,000+ strong workforce, you will have the opportunity to work for an Australian leader in the field of Health, Education, Research and Foundation, and work with a team who make a real difference to the lives of our patients, consumers, and community. You will be a part of a workplace that offers compassionate care in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy.

Job Title: Research Officer – Infection, Immunity & Metabolism Group

Job no: 497401

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Mater – TRI

Categories: Research

About the role

Mater Research (MR) has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Research / Senior Research Officer to join our leading Infection, Immunity & Metabolism Group. This is a full-time position being offered as a 12-month fixed-term contract with opportunity for extension for up to four years. This position is based the Translational Research Institute campus in Woolloongabba.

The project is focused on exploring innate immune responses to bacteria and viruses incl. SARS-CoV-2 in the lung.

The position is suited for a PhD research scientist highly skilled in immunology, microbiology, or virology with strong background in macrophage biology.

Salary range: $85,181.96 – $103,471.08 (Research Academic Level 1 – 2) plus superannuation plus generous salary packaging up to $15,900

What you’ll be doing

As a Research Officer / Senior Research Officer, some of your key duties will include (but not limited to):

  • Perform independent experiments in both a PC2 and a PC3 laboratory environment including laboratory animal work and work with human specimens
  • Participate in the execution and control of research studies
  • Apply for independent funding for fellowships and research grants
  • Statistical data analysis and compiling graphs for publications
  • Assist in writing manuscripts
  • Assisting the PI with animal and human research ethics applications, export/import permits, shipping of specimens
  • Assisting the PI with financial record keeping
  • Ordering consumables and keeping inventories
  • Other administrative tasks as required

About you

To be considered for this position, you will possess the following:


  • PhD in Immunology, microbiology, virology, or related field
  • Knowledge in immunology, macrophage biology, infectious diseases, host-pathogen interactions, microbiology, virology, or related discipline
  • Documented experience in immunological techniques (PBMC isolations, ELISA, Flow Cytometry, Western Blot, fluorescent microscopy)
  • Documented experience in molecular biological techniques (RNA extractions, qRT-PCR)
    High level organisational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to train students in laboratory techniques
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal skills necessary for negotiating and liaising effectively with a diverse range of staff and other stakeholder
  • Knowledge of data analysis and management systems
  • Demonstrate high level written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Advanced computer skills


  • Laboratory animal handling skills
  • Knowledge of working with infectious Mycobacterium tuberculosis and SARS-CoV-2
  • Previous experience working in a PC3 (BSL3) laboratory
  • Proficiency in laboratory animal handling (dissections, iv/ip injections, oral gavage)

Applications close Monday 16 January 2023. Applicants to this role should provide a covering letter, resume and response to the selection criteria outlining relative key skills and experience to assist us with our assessment.

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