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John and Anne Chong Fellowship – Differentiating stem cells into insulin secreting cells

School of Medical Sciences

Sydney Medical School

Deadline: 23 June 2017

Location: Sydney


Reference no. 1074/0517


  • 4 year fellowship for an outstanding researcher in the field of stem cells and developmental biology
  • Located within state of the art facilities in the Charles Perkins Centre
  • Full-time fixed term, remuneration package: $103K p.a. which includes base salary, leave loading and up to 17% superannuationAbout the opportunity   About you


  • The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. We see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research and teaching excellence. We are looking for a dedicated academic who has:
  • The research fellow will work on a project to refine techniques to differentiate stem cells into insulin secreting cells. In particular, we aim to recapitulate specific environmental cues of the islet, using 3D cell culture, with the intention of making cells that respond better to glucose. We are particularly looking for someone with a strong background in developmental biology or stem cell research. The project outcomes will be important for advancing stem cell therapies for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
  • We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to the research laboratories of Professor Peter Thorn and Dr Melkam Kebede at the Charles Perkins Centre. The laboratories focus on understanding the control of insulin secretion and work towards a better understanding of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This fellowship is funded by a generous donation from Dr John and Anne Chong and is aimed at attracting an outstanding candidate to work on this project.
  • a PhD in a biomedical science related discipline
  • a proven track record of successful research
  • expertise in developmental biology
  • expertise in stem cell biology
  • expertise with cell biology techniques and tissue culture procedures
  • expertise in molecular biology techniques, including methods such as, plasmid design, transfection and shRNA
  • experience with biochemical activity assays
  • experience with single-cell imaging (desirable)
  • extensive understanding of cell signalling pathways
  • demonstrated research planning and experimental design skill with the ability to document and adhere to timeframes
  • an ability to work under minimal supervision, to take responsibility for tasks and to deliver on time
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • flexible attitude to work and capacity to work in a team environment and supervise and collaborate with colleagues.


About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia’s first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 students. We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.


For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.


All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.


Deadline: 11:30 pm 23 June 2017




Queensland Brain Institute


Deadline: 25 Jun 2017

Location: Brisbane


Complete your neuroscience PhD at the Queensland Brain Institute of The University of Queensland, one of the world’s leading neuroscience research institutes.


Established in 2003, the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) is situated on the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland (UQ). QBI is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 41 group leaders, working across a range of disciplines, who are focused on discovering the fundamental mechanisms that regulate brain development and function in health and disease.

Over the past decade QBI has become known as one of the world’s leading neuroscience research institutes. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in the 2010, 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.

QBI is seeking exceptional and highly motivated PhD candidates to undertake full-time neuroscience research, and we invite expressions of interest from interested persons to apply for PhD positions at the Institute.

Successful applicants will enrol in UQ’s PhD program and will become part of a growing team of researchers and students studying neuroscience at QBI. With access to world class research facilities, candidates will have the opportunity to develop their career in a multidisciplinary collaborative research environment.

Expressions of interest are invited from outstanding and enthusiastic Australian and international candidates.

Candidates will have a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in one of the following areas: neuroscience, molecular biology, bioscience, psychology, genetics, physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, or a related discipline; and be eligible for UQ scholarship consideration.

QBI is looking for candidates who can demonstrate:

  • excellent academic performance during tertiary study evidenced by a high Grade Point Average(GPA);
  • a high level of commitment to developing their skills as a researcher to conduct high quality neuroscience research;
  • they are excellent team players; and
  • possession of strong communication skills.Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for The University of Queensland, including English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. For further information on the entry requirements for a UQ research higher degree, please visit the UQ Graduate School website. Successful applicants must accept and commence within 6 months of receiving an award.Selected prospective students will receive assistance to apply for University living allowance and tuition fee scholarships. The current living allowance rate is AUD$26,682 per annum (2017 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years plus two possible extensions of up to 6 months each in approved circumstances (conditions apply). A top-up scholarship (AUD$5,000 per annum) may be available to the successful candidate. For further detailed information about UQ scholarships refer to: review the research areas, and available PhD project information, for QBI Group Leaders and make direct contact with a Group Leader working in an area of greatest interest to you. When emailing your chosen Group Leader, provide your detailed academic resume (including publications and links to published articles in peer reviewed journals), and complete tertiary academic records (including GPA scores/grades, and grading scale details). The Group Leader will work with you to develop your application for submission to QBI.
  •  Previous research publication output in peer reviewed international journals is highly desirable.


Deadline: 25 Jun 2017




School of Food and Nutrition, College of Health

Palmerston North, New Zealand


Deadline: 1 July 2017

Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand


New Zealand’s horticultural export sector is expanding rapidly. This expansion is based on securing premium prices for premium quality products. In support of this sector, Massey University is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow for three years to work in the area of biochemistry and physiology of kiwifruit ripening. The main aim of the position is to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between fruit ripening processes and underlying metabolic pathways and enzyme activities. This will include the measurement of the activity of a wide range of enzymes associated with ripening, as well as physiological and metabolite measurements.
Our ideal candidate has a strong background in biochemistry and enzyme kinetics, personal experience with postharvest research and is able to conduct experiments of considerable complexity to test hypotheses about predicting the quality of fresh products after storage. A familiarity with fresh product industries and their commercial needs would be an advantage. You are keen to publish your research and have a strong academic track record. You are flexible and resourceful, and enjoy the challenges associated with successfully completing complex and varied projects and working with other professionals in a team environment. The candidate may be asked to contribute to PhD student supervision.
You will report to the Professor of Postharvest Technology, and will work closely with academics and technical staff in the Centre for Postharvest and Refrigeration Research and the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research.
The position will be based at the School of Food and Nutrition, Massey University, Palmerston North, and at Plant and Food Research, Palmerston North.

Reference number: A194-17CA
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Deadline: 1 July 2017