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. 

Employment Opportunities


We are seeking to recruit an innovative researcher - with the ability to think outside traditional boundaries - to establish a new research group that complements and extends our capabilities at the EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science at UNSW Sydney.

Applications are encouraged from researchers with a bold vision for independent research within their field of expertise - including in Synthetic Biology, Cell Biology, Biophysics, Data Science, Structural Biology, and Bioengineering - to establish a new research team. The dynamic and rich environment at Single Molecule Science is the bedrock for our multidisciplinary and collaborative research teams. Our shared scientific goal is to integrate the perspectives of ‘bottom up’ single-molecule biophysics/molecular & structural biology with ‘top down’ cell biology/physiology to provide molecular insights into fundamental biological and medical problems.

Benefits of the position include:

  • Dedicated independent and full-time research position, with a competitive salary package
  • 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 collegial and supportive scientific environment, including mentoring from senior researchers
  • State-of-the-art facilities including advanced fluorescence and electron microscopy, protein facilities, nanofabrication, genomics, 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

Apply online by submitting a cover letter, full CV (including contact details of three referees), and a research summary including past, present and future research (max 5 pages).

Applications close: 11pm AEST on 9 January 2020.

For more info: contact Scientia Professor Katharina Gaus (

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