Research Officer - Tenders Global

Research Officer

Macquarie University


• Work with leading academics
• Full-time, fixed term of 2 years
• Collaborative and supportive working environment


An exciting opportunity exists for a Research Officer to join a dynamic Applied BioSciences research team pioneering insect synthetic biology. Black soldier flies (Hermetia illucens, BSF) are increasingly used to manage organic waste on large scales. Dr Maciej Maselko’s research group is developing BSF into a synthetic biology platform capable of improved waste management and biomanufacturing a wide variety of industrial products.

The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary team of synthetic biologists, entomologists, and biochemists to engineer and evaluate the performance of transgenic BSF. 

About You

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about insect synthetic biology and developing the next generation of sustainable biomanufacturing. You will be expected to assist in a variety of molecular biology and entomology tasks ranging from molecular cloning to insect husbandry and microinjection.

About Us

Applied BioSciences at Macquarie University is a vibrant and collegial community of researchers and students working across a wide range of biological disciplines. We are a leading research department, conducting research at all levels of biological organisation as well as across a diversity of taxa, with a focus on translational research that applied basic knowledge to develop solutions to major regional, national and global challenges. Our areas of research strengths include biosecurity, sustainable pest management, genetic biocontrol, genomic biotechnology, applied molecular genetics, and applied chemical ecology.

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 59 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community

To Apply

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:

  • A tertiary degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, entomology, or a related field is essential.

  • Experience with insect embryo microinjection is desirable.

  • Experience with molecular cloning, PCR, and other standard molecular biology methods is desirable.

  • Experience maintaining insect colonies is desirable.

You must also have current working rights in Australia and be available to start in early 2024.

Salary package: Level 5 from $80,753 to $91,815 per annum, plus 17% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading.

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term for 2 years, with a possibility of further appointment subject to funding.

Enquiries:  Dr Maciej Maselko at [email protected] . More information about the lab group can be found at .

If you’re already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you’ll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

Applications Close:

19/11/2023 11:59 PM

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