Research Fellow in Microfluidics for Portable Analysis Applications

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    The University of Melbourne The University of Melbourne
    Parkville, Vic, Australia Phone: 03 9035 5511
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Job Description:

Salary: $75,289 – $102,163 (Level A) or $107,547 – $127,707 (Level B)

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, we are globally engaged; comprehensive; research-intensive; and committed to responding to the major challenges of our time.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Improving the representation of women is necessary in our goal to innovate and to strengthen FEIT’s reputation as a best-in-class centre of research.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) is a vibrant and rapidly growing department within FEIT.

We are working on some of the most meaningful problems at the interface of engineering with life and medical sciences. The crux of this work being the application of interdisciplinary expertise and thought in order to make new discoveries and innovative solutions towards improved healthcare and social wellbeing.

About the Role

This position will focus on the design and fabrication of manufacturing-ready microfluidic systems. The Research Fellow will be responsible for building and testing fluidics components to develop a portable, point of care sensor for environmental pathogens and contaminants. This includes work related to computer aided design, microfabrication, 3D prototyping, and moulding-based manufacturing procedures.

Responsibilities include:

  • Undertake internationally competitive research, resulting in publications in high impact journals
  • Contribute to teaching, scientific mentoring, and supervision of students
  • Actively participate in School meetings and with guidance, contribute to planning activities or committee work to support capacity building in the School/discipline

About You

You will have strong research skills, and a passionate desire to build a solid academic research career. Your excellent communication skills will see you liaise with internal and external stakeholders including industry bodies and enable you to develop strong relationships. You possess high-level organisation skills allowing you to complete multiple tasks to a high level of quality while also meeting varying deadlines. Ideally you would have experience in attracting external funding through grant applications, and experience in the supervision of students undertaking undergraduate or higher degree by research projects.

Furthermore, you will possess the following:

  • Completion (or near completion) of a PhD in an Engineering field or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience in microfluidics and 3D prototyping
  • A demonstrated aptitude for research, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication.
  • Strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic research career trajectory.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with relevant professional and industry bodies and stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave options
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

For specific responsibilities of this role please refer to the attached Position Description.

You will be supported to pursue achievement in all pillars of an academic career:

  • Research & Research Training
  • Contribution to Teaching and Learning
  • Service and Leadership

What we offer you

We offer flexibility, whatever that may mean for you. Many of our benefit programs and onsite amenities are aimed at supporting you - including generous leave, childcare subsidies, discounted parking, medical and health care. We offer extensive opportunities for personal and professional development, and we’ll support you in doing what you love.

We seek to increase the diversity of our workforce and the representation of all members of our community that have been traditionally under-represented.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to undertake a meaningful and rewarding role we’re ready to meet you.

How to Apply

Apply online, complete the application and upload your:

  • Cover Letter - addressing your suitability for the role
  • Resume.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

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