mRNA Design Engineer - Computational Biology (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Posted on June 20,

Classification: Academic Level A
Salary package: $80,914 - $101,560 per annum pro rata plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Part Time, Continuing (contingent funded), funded for 12 months

  • Make an impact in health and medicine
  • A newly established position in a supportive and collaborative Centre
  • Excellent remuneration and benefits packages including 17% superannuation contributions and generous leave entitlements

Position overview
You will become a leading part of world-class industry-supported RNA research and development with immediate translational outcomes. You will be able to leverage the international standing of The Australian National University and connect with innovative RNA companies as part of the position. You will be mostly working on computational and bioinformatic R&D within RNA, transcriptomic, proteomic and genetic software and data. Talented, energetic and motivated scientists are sought to fulfill the position, capable of taking on highly dynamic research. The position may be extended, and commitment increased, depending on the success of its initial projects.

ANU has built an exceptional international reputation for its research and education within health and well-being in Australia, the developing world, and globally. This is achieved through basic biological and medical discovery research, applied research in clinical and health service settings, research-led teaching in biomedical sciences, and the translation of research findings into industry, practice, and policy. The ANU College of Health and Medicine comprises the School of Medicine and Psychology, the John Curtin School of Medical Research, and the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. These schools work together to deliver world-class research and education across the spectrum of biomedicine and health-related fields, working in partnership with the health sector at local, national, and international levels.

The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR) is a leading centre of biomedical research in Australia with research programs addressing fundamental problems of significance to human disease. Within this environment, The Shine-Dalgarno Centre for RNA Innovation (SDCRI) aspires to drive impactful discoveries and innovations in RNA science to harness the next generation of RNA-based therapeutics and diagnostics, train and foster the future RNA research workforce, and mobilise this workforce and RNA discoveries to areas of strategic health and economic importance to the region and nation.

The mRNA Design Engineer – computational biology (Postdoctoral Fellow) is expected to undertake work within the Shine-Dalgarno Centre for RNA Innovation in an industry collaboration towards the design of next-generation mRNA therapeutics with improved properties.

For further information about his position please contact Dr Nikolay Shirokikh at the Shine-Dalgarno Centre for RNA Innovation, at the John Curtin School of Medical ResearchEmail Nikolay Shirokikh: [email protected]

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant via: [email protected]  

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Application information
In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process.  An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.