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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bacterial Genomics: Australia

An exciting role has become available in the Department of Molecular Sciences (MolSci) at Macquarie University, Sydney, under the supervision of Dr Amy Cain.

We are currently seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bacterial Genomics to develop and contribute to multiple bacterial genomics projects across the laboratory.

Macquarie is a young and dynamic university, focused on fostering collaboration between students, academics, industry and society, encouraging all to traverse the boundaries of their own perspective and effect change. In Macquarie’s Faculty of Science and Engineering you’ll join passionate researchers and educators blazing new trails in the spirit of discovery and exploration. MolSci is located on a beautiful, serene and green campus in northern Sydney.

About the Project

You will be embedded within a small, enthusiastic and focused research team and expected to run your own projects as well as contribute to the ongoing lab work within the team in order to answer large and important biological questions focussing on antibiotic stress.

This will be a largely bioinformatics-based position but will likely include laboratory components depending on the research interests and capabilities of the successful candidate. Projects span areas of research using functional genomics to study antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic mode of action, evolutionary biology, pathogen/host infection, antibiotic development, hospital outbreaks and more. Within this team, you will run your own research and work in a team across multiple projects (depending on interests and background) within the core theme of understanding how antibiotics act on various hospital ESKAPE pathogens. You will distil biological insights from various datasets of functional genomics sequencing data from cutting-edge sequencing technologies, such as transposon-insertion sequencing, RNAseq, phenotypic arrays, microfluidics, metabolomics and FACS using network analysis, correlation analysis, and/or machine learning techniques will be confirmed and placed back into biological significance in the laboratory. You will have the opportunity to publish new methodologies in Github and work on our servers.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your cv and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria.


  • PhD in molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics or a related discipline
  • Previous work with bacterial genomics, sequencing data or antibiotic resistance
  • A strong research track record evidenced by first-authored publications in high quality conference and journal publications
  • Experience 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.


  • A background in microbiology and molecular biology laboratory techniques
  • Experience using command line analysis, network analysis and/or programming language proficiency
  • Experience supervising graduate students
  • Experience handling various types of bacterial ‘omics data and some laboratory experience to perform any data generation and confirmation/follow-up experiments will be an advantage.

Specific Role Enquiries: Dr Amy Cain on (02) 9850 6277 or email on

General Enquiries:  Anne Kumanan, HR Officer at

Applications Close: Sunday 15th September 2019 at 11:55pm

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