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. 

Positions currently available within the EMBL Australia Partner Laboratory Network are:

Group Leader in Biological Imaging (based at Monash University, VIC)

Expressions of interest are invited from scientists pushing technological boundaries in biological imaging, who seek to make major discoveries running their own independent research program. This EMBL Australia Group Leader position is hosted within the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University, Australia.


  • Dedicated research-only position as an independent laboratory head and EMBL Australia Group Leader
  • Provision of core research funding and research management support
  • Critical mass of outstanding researchers within an excellent collaborative scientific environment
  • Access to EMBL Australia development activities (e.g. scientific retreats, reviews, selection panels and student programs)

The Position:

The Biomedicine Discovery Institute is seeking world-class researchers at the interface between biology and advanced molecular imaging to establish and develop their own independent research laboratory.

The successful applicant will be housed within the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, one of the five Monash BDI departments. Staff and students are accommodated in high quality research space with easy access to all of Monash University’s research platforms. The latter includes well-equipped facilities dedicated to light and electron microscopy. 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 developing and/or applying cutting edge imaging technology to address major biological questions are invited to apply. The University particularly welcomes applicants with significant experience and interest in lightsheet microscopy, super-resolution microscopy, and correlative light and electron microscopy. 

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

Market competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidates, including highly attractive salary packaging 

Please direct any queries to Professor Benjamin Kile (Head of Department, Anatomy and Developmental Biology) via email (all enquiries will be held in confidence). 

More information can be found on the Monash University jobs website

To apply: 

Please apply via the Monash University website, including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae and a concise statement summarising your research interests (current and future) by Monday, 29 October 2018, 11:55pm AEST.

Interviews will be held at Monash University, Clayton at a time to be advised. 

Two postdoctoral positions: Cellular immunology and Lattice light-sheet imaging (based at UNSW, Sydney)


The Postdoctoral Fellow will conduct research at the interface of cellular immunology and biomaterials. The aim of the project is to determine the chemical and physical parameters that enables T cells to find and kill antigen-presenting tumour cells in engineered 3D environments. The project makes use of a novel 3D printer for cells and extracellular matrices to modulate cell density and positioning as well as chemical functionality and physical properties of the matrix. A particular focus of the project is the impact on cell and matrix stiffness on T cell function (i.e. cellular biophysics). The successful candidate will have extensive experience in T cell biology/cellular immunology including isolating primary T cells from mice and flow cytometry.


The Postdoctoral Fellow will employ lattice light-sheet microscopy (LLS) to image the interface of T cells with antigen-presenting cells. In particularly, the projects aim to understand how the topology and dynamics of the plasma membrane enable the T cell receptor to recognise and distinguish antigenic from benign ligands. The successful candidate will develop LLS imaging protocols and analyses for T cells that contact tumour cells that present different types of ligands. A particular focus is the distribution of the T cell receptor in the context of the dynamic, shape-changing membrane.


The successful candidates will join our team of cell biologists and biophysicists at the EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging. The postdoctoral researchers will have an active role in conceiving and implementing approaches, training and supervision of research staff and students and presentation of the results in the form of publications, international conference presentations and potentially grant applications.

The postdoctoral positions are full-time fixed term positions, available for 12 months with strong prospects for a 2-year extension. Salary range is A$91,743-A$98,127 per year plus 9.5% superannuation and leave loading. For more details and how to apply, please search for jobs reference 495007 and 495008 at

Applications close on 11th November 2018.

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