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.

Two Group Leader positions: Audiogenomics and Neurogenomics (hosted at the Garvan Institute)

Areas of research: Audiogenomics and Neurogenomics.

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified scientists wishing to develop their scientific research career. These two EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Group Leader positions are hosted within the Neuroscience Division at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia.

The Garvan Institute is seeking top-quality researchers with experience in genetics and genomics to develop independent research laboratories within the Neuroscience Division in the following two areas:

  • Genomics of hearing loss in humans and/or animal models
  • Genomic approaches to study neuroplasticity of the auditory system

It is anticipated that the successful researcher will work with auditory neurobiologists within the Hearing Research Laboratory, as well as clinicians, to advance the understanding of auditory neuroplasticity and hearing loss. 

  • Molecular neuroscience to study brain development and brain function
  • Genomic approaches to study neuroplasticity in any system
  • Genetic and genomic approaches to study neurological diseases and neurodegenerative diseases


  • Dedicated research leader position as an independent laboratory head, position entitled ‘Garvan Laboratory Head’ and EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Group Leader
  • Provision of core research funding and research management support
  • Access to career development training opportunities
  • Critical mass of outstanding researchers within an excellent collaborative scientific environment, including mentoring from senior researchers
  • The opportunity to foster excellence and deliver leadership in a range of medical research projects and to supervise graduate students through UNSW Australia
  • State-of-the-art facilities, including genomic sequencing, single-cell genomics, and cellular and animal imaging, and extensive bioinformatics expertise
  • Access to EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory development activities (e.g. scientific retreats, reviews, selection panels and student programs)

To apply: Please send a cover letter, full curriculum vitae and a concise statement summarising your research interests (current and future) to Dr Marie Dziadek, Garvan Chief Scientific Officer at

Closing date: Applications will be accepted until midnight 6 September 2017 (AEST).

Interviews: Will be held in Sydney, Australia, during the week commencing 7 November 2017. 

For more information, see the ad on the Garvan Institute website.

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