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Research Associate / Research Fellow in Modelling of Plant Metabolism

Job no: 499624
Work type: full-time
Location: Crawley
Categories: Science

  • An exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral level researcher to join ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor Ian Small in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.
  • 2 years full-time appointment (with the possibility of extension)
  • Salary range: Level A $68,452 - $92,497 p.a. or Level B $97,310 - $115,350 p.a. depending on skills and experience

Faculty of Science

School of Molecular Sciences

ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities.  With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About the team

This position based within the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, located in the Bayliss Building at UWA, is a cutting edge research centre focused on better understanding the way in which plants interconvert forms of chemical energy in response to environmental change. The Centre is comprised of a mix of molecular and computational biologists, forming a multi-disciplinary team environment undertaking a diverse range of genomics research projects. As a nationally funded research centre, it is operating across four universities Australia-wide (UWA, Australian National University, University of Adelaide, La Trobe University), and headquarters based here at UWA.

About the opportunity

An exceptional opportunity has arisen for a dedicated postdoctoral level researcher to join ARC Laureate Fellow, Professor Ian Small in the Modelling of Plant Energy Metabolism. The research will build on previous efforts within the group to develop a genome-scale model of Arabidopsis metabolism with a particular focus on energy metabolism within plastids, mitochondria and peroxisomes.

You will use computational approaches to further refine and develop this model, with the aim of applying it to multiscale, multicellular models of plant metabolism and physiology. A particular target will be the incorporation of transport fluxes of key ions and metabolites between cells, and between cell compartments. The long-term aim is an accurate accounting of energy-using processes within the plant at the cellular scale.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD in Bioinformatics or related discipline
  • Experience in computational modelling including extensive experience with Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) and flux balance analysis (FBA).
  • Familiar with handling large datasets and able to write complex programs in Python, Java, C++ or other standard programming languages.
  • Experience with SQL databases and biostatistics as applied to genomics analyses would be advantageous.
  • Basic knowledge of plant metabolism and cell compartmentation would be helpful.

About you

You will possess a strong record of publications and be committed to high quality research and research output. As an excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills, you will work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team and independently. This position will require a willingness to travel and to work flexible hours. 

Closing date: Thursday, 1 March 2018.

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button. Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria. 

Please see the position description prior to applying: Download File 313745.pdf

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.

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