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Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Structural bioinformatics and drug discovery for Ovarian Cancer

Job no: 590663
Work type: Part time - Fixed term/Contract
Categories: Research, Science, Education

  • Part-time, 1-year fixed-term contract with the possibility of extension; based at RMIT Bundoora campus but may be required to work and/or based at other campuses of the University
  • Opportunities to utilize your experience and knowledge in protein chemistry, biophysical and cell biology techniques as well as computational biology & bioinformatics in conducting research in the area of structural bioinformatics and drug discovery
  • Be part of research initiatives in the laboratory of Dr Jessica Holien, funded by Cancer Australia Grant
  • Report to Assoc.Professor Paul Ramsland, Discipline Leader, Biosciences and Food Technology
  • Remuneration at Academic Level A ($68,983 - $93,569) + 17% superannuation

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the Collage

The College comprises three Schools delivering a broad range of programs in science, engineering, health and technology at higher education certificate, bachelor, masters and PhD levels.  There is a vibrant research community attracting funding from a range of government and industry sources. The College has an annual income of approximately $500 million (with over $50 million in external research income p/a) and employs around 1,400 staff providing on and offshore programs to approximately 30,000 students (including 1,200 PhD students).

The School of Science provides over 45 bachelor and postgraduate programs, and undertakes world class research across the disciplines of physical sciences, mathematical sciences and computer science.

One of RMIT's top-performing research schools, we deliver research that addresses the 'real life questions' essential to Australia's innovation agenda. Our high-quality teaching programs inspire students to pursue careers in a range of industries including health, materials technology, food, geospatial and surveying, environmental analysis, banking and commerce, as well as computing and IT roles and research and development across a wide range of areas.

More details on the School of Science in this link.

About You & the Role

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Planning, developing and assisting in high impact research projects focusing on structural bioinformatics and drug discovery by using a range of bioinformatic, molecular modelling, protein chemistry, biophysical and cell biology techniques
  • Preparing and producing competitive research grant proposals, high quality papers/ journals and reports
  • Working independently as well as collaboratively within the interdisciplinary team, with the ability to effectively communicate your research outcomes to a non-expert audience
  • Collaborating with colleagues, project team leaders, and industry partners involved in these research activities, in line with the University research strategies
  • Contributing part of your time to mentor & supervise undergraduate students

You will have:

  • Knowledge and prior research laboratory experience in the biomedical sciences field; specifically, in performing and analysing experiments using protein expression, purification and cell culture techniques and/or Research experience in genomics, genetics, computational biology or bioinformatics.
  • Proven track record of published research work in protein expression, purification and cell culture and/or computational biology and bioinformatics
  • Strong communications skills (both written and verbal) with the ability to build strong relationships across all levels of staff and researchers 
  • Possess excellent reporting skills and high levels of attention to detail via maintenance of updated information, reports, recordings and all other associated documentation
  • Highly developed organisational and time-management skills as well as sound analytical and problem-solving skills to meet the demand of workloads and deadlines
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and collaboratively as member of a team


Mandatory: Candidates who have commensurate experience and/or submitted thesis in the relevant disciplines (including but not limited to; bioinformatics, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry) related fields will be considered.

Preferred: Completion of the Essentials in Tertiary Teaching Practice program or equivalent (if the appointed candidate does not meet this requirement at time of appointment, they will be supported to complete this as a requirement to fulfil their probation).

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognized by a broad spectrum of external organizations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins. 

To Apply

Please submit your updated resume and cover letter outlining your experience & achievements by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ link. Please note that a separate response to Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description is required. For any enquiries regarding this role, please contact Dr Jessica Holien (

Download File PD - 590663 - Postdoctoral Research Assistant.pdf

We are also happy to make adjustments to the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us via your preferred type of communication: email or call Kassie on +61399252442 with your request(s).

Applications close Sunday 27th September 2020.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

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