Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Metabolic modelling and engineeringUniversity of Queensland
· Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN)
· Academic Level A
· Full-time fixed term position to 31 March 2024
· Close date Wednesday 21st December 2022 at 11.00 PM AEST
· UQ Careers: R-15378
About This Opportunity
Synthetic biology is characterised by a cyclic workflow based on the design, build, test, learn paradigm. The emergence of genome-foundries allows for the rapid, but still costly, generation of large numbers of engineered strains. The University of Queensland is establishing a complementary facility to genome-foundries, the Integrated Design Environment for Advanced biomanufacturing (IDEA bio, https: // www. ideabio.org.au/). This facility will consist of a TEST capability that allows for a deep phenomic characterisation of mutant strains, in partnership with Queensland Metabolomics and Proteomics (Q MAP https: // www. qmap.org.au/) and the Australian Genome Foundry (Macquarie University), as well as a LEARN capability that seeks to learn from large ‘omics data sets and direct strain optimisation, pathway optimisation and metabolic engineering to advance synthetic biology efforts in Australia.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow that specialises in metabolic modelling to join a team of researchers to establish systems biology-based workflows to drive strain design capability of this facility. The position is primarily computationally based and will work with a bioinformatician/data scientist to use modelling and machine-learning approaches to learn from large data sets to inform further strain engineering rounds. Successful candidates will work with customers of the facility which may include researchers and industry.
Key responsibilities include:
· Produces quality research outputs consistent with discipline norms by publishing or exhibiting in high quality outlets.
· Participate in applications for competitive research funding to support projects and activities.
· Work with colleagues in the development of joint research projects and applications for competitive research funding support.
· Contribute to progressing towards transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.
· Develop a coherent research program and an emerging research profile.
· Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.
2. Supervision and Researcher Development
· Contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students (as appropriate).
· Demonstrates personal effectiveness in supervision and the management of researcher development.
· Effective lead and develop supervisee performance and conduct by providing feedback, coaching, and professional development.
· As appropriate, manage research support staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.
· Working to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.
3. Citizenship and Service
· Demonstrate citizenship behaviours that align to the UQ values.
· Shows leadership of self through collaboration and active participation in priority activities for the unit
· Provide support to other academic positions and unit operations as needed during other team members absences.
· Contribute to internal service roles and administrative processes as required, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.
· Collaborate in service activities external to the immediate organisation unit.
· Begin to develop external links and partnerships by cultivating relationships with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.
Ensure you are aware of and comply with legislation and University policy relevant to the duties undertaken, including but not exclusive to:
· The University’s Code of Conduct.
· Requirements of the Queensland occupational health and safety (OH&S) legislation and related OH&S responsibilities and procedures developed by the University or Institute/School.
· The adoption of sustainable practices in all work activities and compliance with associated legislation and related University sustainability responsibilities and procedures.
· Requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Code 2007 and associated legislation, and related responsibilities and procedures developed by the University.
· Completion or near completion of a PhD with demonstrated experience in metabolic modelling
· A strong understanding of metabolism and familiarity with metabolic pathways
· Demonstrated experience in utilising or developing various tools for systems analysis of organisms
· Demonstrated experience characterising cellular phenotypes from ‘omics data
· Evidence of publications in peer-reviewed journals
· Well-versed in at least one programming language/environment (such as Python, MATLAB or similar)
· Good organisational and problem-solving skills.
· Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
· Strong interpersonal and communication skills.