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EMBL Postdoctoral Researcher in Immunology

FTC - Full-time Contract
SAHMRI North Terrace

Applications close Monday 28, January 2019

Full-time, 2 Year Contract

At the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), we are committed to achieving innovative, ground-breaking health and medical research that fundamentally improves the quality of life for all people.

An exciting opportunity now exists for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Immunology in the Lynn EMBL Australia Group in Adelaide, Australia. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Immunology (or in a related discipline with demonstrated experience in immunology research) and a clear track record in the field as evidenced by publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Experience in at least several of the following areas: mouse immunology, microbiology/microbiome research, flow cytometry and cell sorting, vaccine biology, clinical studies involving infant blood samples and/or genome-wide analyses (e.g. next generation sequencing) is essential. Prior postdoctoral experience would also be an asset, but exceptional recent PhD graduates will also be considered. The ability to work as part of a team and to manage multiple different projects simultaneously is essential.  

An initial 2-year full-time contract is available, potentially renewable subject to performance and availability of funding.

SAHMRI: is a $250 million state-of-the-art medical research facility with excellent core facilities and services, including a high-performance computing cluster. SAHMRI is located in the new $3 billion biomedical precinct in the Adelaide central business district, close to all the amenities of the city. Adelaide boasts a Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches and is within an hour’s drive of world-class wine regions including the Barossa Valley.

The Lynn EMBL Australia Group: The successful candidate will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that is equally divided between computational systems biology and experimental immunology. The group is currently funded by EMBL Australia Group Leader funding, The NHMRC, Cancer Australia, as well as several smaller grants and consists of five senior postdoctoral researchers, two research officers as well as PhD and honours students, who employ in vitro and in vivo experimental and clinical models coupled with systems biology approaches to investigate the interplay between the microbiome, vaccines/immunotherapies and the immune system. On the bioinformatics side, the group leads the development of a wide range of bioinformatics applications including, an internationally recognised systems biology platform. David has also led the computational biology aspects of €12 million European Commission funded cancer systems biology project, which is currently being finalised for publication.

About the Role

  • Work as part of a collaborative team to investigate the links between the microbiome and the immune system in early-life and other contexts.
  • Process human and animal blood and tissue samples for molecular and omics work.
  • Develop in vitro and in vivo models to study host/microbe interactions.
  • Develop techniques and protocols for detailed mechanistic studies to understand how the microbiota regulates the immune system.
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures for the lab.
  • Maintain cell culture facilities to a high standard.
  • Write high quality publications relating to the project and submit to international journals.
  • Play lead a role in interacting and collaborating with our collaborators.
  • Apply for and secure competitive funding to support their research program (including the development of independent research ideas).
  • Assist in the smooth running of the projects (e.g. help to prepare project reports; help supervise PhD/honours students; train others in new techniques, attend and contribute to lab meetings).

About You

  • Excellent track record in adaptive or innate immunology.
  • Strong publication record in high-impact international journals in relevant areas.
  • Significant experience working with mouse models (e.g. blood collection, tissue harvesting, therapy administration, general husbandry). Experience with germ-free mice would be an asset.
  • Experience in a range of techniques including DNA and RNA work; ELISA; RNAi; RT-PCR; cloning; transfection; microbiology; etc.
  • Significant experience in flow cytometry and cell sorting.
  • Cell culture experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of confidentiality and privacy laws and guidelines relevant to health and medical research. 

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values and our institute is dedicated to grow a culture that pursues, enables and demands research excellence. We are proud of the work we do and work hard as a team to make a positive difference to the community.  Our values of Excellence, innovation, courage, integrity and teamwork are what help us achieve our goals. If these are also your values and goals, apply today.

For a copy of the position description and information relating to living in Adelaide, please click here.

For more information, please contact David Lynn, EMBL Group Australia Leader at

Applications close: 5pm, Monday 28 January 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply

SAHMRI is a member of the Athena SWAN Science in Australia Gender Equity program

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