In March 2008, Australia accepted an invitation to become the first associate member of the renowned European Molecular Biology Laboratory. 

EMBL Australia was launched in 2010 to take full advantage of this unique membership, with the goal of strengthening Australia’s global position in life sciences with a research model that is new to Australia—focusing on nurturing early-career scientists and making the most of Australia’s scientific infrastructure. You can view job vacancies at EMBL Heidelberg office.

Group Leader position in Anatomy and Developmental Biology (at Monash University, VIC)

Areas of research:  Anatomy & Developmental Biology

The Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) is seeking top quality researchers with experience in cell biology to establish and grow an independent research laboratory as an EMBL Australia Group Leader.

The successful applicant will lead a group within the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, one of the five departments that form the Monash BDI. The Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology is one of the strongest research and teaching departments in the field. Staff and students are accommodated in high-quality research space with easy access to all of Monash University’s research platforms. Areas of research focus include renal, lung and reproductive biology, inflammation and cell death, epigenetics, embryology, cancer, stem cells, and cellular reprogramming.

Candidates with a background in cell biology that is broadly relevant to one or more of the BDI Program themes are invited to apply. The University is particularly keen to expand its expertise in optical imaging and welcomes applicants with significant experience and interest in using light-sheet microscopy (e.g. lattice light-sheet microscopy (LLSM), single plane illumination microscopy (SPIM)) and super-resolution microscopy (e.g. 3D structured illumination (3D-SIM), direct stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (dSTORM), stimulated emission depletion (STED) techniques to investigate and answer major research questions.

The successful applicants will also participate in the collegial, collaborative culture of the EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network. The candidates will actively support the development of the network by participating in the various programs aimed at internationalising research conducted in Australia through linking activities with EMBL.

Benefits of the positions:

  • Dedicated full-time research position and competitive salary package as an independent group leader
  • Funding for up to 9 years: initial contract and core research funding for 5 years, with the possibility of extension for an additional 4 years 
  • Lead own research program, access state-of-the-art imaging facilities and have the opportunity to inform, guide and develop Monash University's optical imaging capability
  • Access to EMBL Australia facilities, collaborative programs and development activities (e.g. scientific retreats, reviews and student programs)
  • We embrace equity, diversity and inclusion.

Applications: Apply through the Monash University website and ensure to include a cover letter, full curriculum vitae and a concise statement summarising your research interests (current and future).

Enquiries (in confidence): For more information, see the full ad and position description and contact Benjamin Kile (Head of Department, Anatomy and Developmental Biology) at

Closing date: Applications close at 11.55pm (AEST) on Tuesday, 15 May 2018.

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