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 positions in Bioengineering, Synthetic Biology and Computational Biology (at UNSW, Sydney)

Areas of research:  Bioengineering, Synthetic Biology & Computational Biology

Applications are invited from future research leaders in Bioengineering, Synthetic Biology and Computational Biology wishing to accelerate their independent scientific careers. The EMBL Australia Group Leader positions are hosted within the Single Molecule Science Node at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. 

Our overarching goal is to integrate the perspectives of ‘bottom up’ single-molecule biophysics/structural biology with ‘top down’ cell biology/physiology to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of fundamental biological and medical problems.

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, renewable upon review for a further 4 years 
  • Join a critical mass of outstanding researchers within a collaborative and multidisciplinary scientific environment, including mentoring from senior researchers
  • State-of-the-art facilities including advanced fluorescence and electron microscopy, nanofabrication, genomics, proteomics and high-performance computing
  • Access to EMBL Australia facilities, collaborative programs and development activities (e.g. scientific retreats, reviews and student programs)
  • We embrace equity, diversity and inclusion, and support young families.

Applications: To apply, send a cover letter, full CV, contact details of three referees and a summary of your current and future research interests (max 4 pages) to

Enquiries: For more information, see the Single Molecule Science website or contact the EMBL Australia Node Head at UNSW, Scientia Professor Katharina Gaus.
For general enquiries, contact:

Closing date: Applications close at 5pm on 5 April 2018 (AEST).

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