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The Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Medicinal Agriculture (ARC MedAg Hub) is the first of its kind in Australia. The $24+ million initiative, supported by Australian government, industry and university funds, aims to transform the production of high quality, plant-derived therapeutics into an integrated, Australia-wide industry that spans primary producers and manufacturers.

The ARC MedAg Hub comprises a multidisciplinary team of university and institute researchers along with industry partners. In collaboration with industry, the Hub addresses cultivation, germplasm generation, phenotyping, multi-omics, novel extraction technologies and chemistries, through to the discovery and functional characterisation of novel lead compounds, metabolites (cannabinoids and terpenes) and peptides.

The centre is seeking the following Level A/6 research positions:

  • Research Associate – Biochemist/Enzymology
  • Research Associate – Computational Biologist
  • Research Associate – Molecular Biologist, Plant Transformation
  • Research Associate – Chemical Engineer

The centre is seeking the following professional positions:

  • Research Assistant – Plant cultivation and phenotyping
  • Research Assistant – Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatician – Plant Phenotyping
  • Technical and Marketing Engineer – Plant Phenotyping

Website Research and Professional Positions

Closing Date 11:55pm AEST 25 August 2019



  • Full-time fixed-term contract for up to 18 months, with possibility of extension
  • Salary range:  Level A, Step 6 (PhD or nearly completed) from $91,991- $98,588 p.a., plus 17% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading

The Department of Molecular Sciences is currently seeking a suitably qualified Postdoctoral Research Fellow join a multidisciplinary team working on ARC Discovery Project DP180102569 – Reverse Chemical Proteomics: Harnessing Yeast Display for Drug Discovery. This project aims to overcome a critical bottleneck in the drug discovery process by developing a technique that can rapidly identify the cellular protein targets of biologically active natural products. This project expects to provide fundamental biological and chemical insights into Australia’s unique biodiversity that will facilitate the development of new therapeutic agents and agrochemicals based on leads provided by nature.

You will have completed a PhD in molecular biology or a closely related discipline. You will enjoy bringing impactful research outcomes and working effectively as part of a multidisciplinary research team.

The successful applicant will work with Dr Andrew Piggott and Professor Peter Karuso, to:

  • Construct and validate yeast surface-displayed cDNA libraries from a range of organisms
  • Optimise yeast surface display affinity selection procedures
  • Use yeast surface display to identify the cellular targets of biologically active small molecules
  • Design experiments to investigate the biological relevance of the targets identified

Website Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Closing Date 11:55pm AEST 23 August 2019



Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is an award-winning state-of-the-art medical research facility, with over 100 full-time scientists dedicated
to researching the genes and proteins important for health and human development. CMRI is supported in part by its key fundraiser Jeans for Genes®. Our scientists are internationally recognised research leaders and foster excellence in postgraduate training. CMRI graduates are highly sought after nationally and internationally. CMRI is located at Westmead, a major hub for research and medicine in NSW, and is affiliated with the University of Sydney.
Successful applicants will be awarded a Research Award, consisting of a $7,000 per annum top-up over the value of an Australian Postgraduate Award, for 4 years. Successful applicants will also be expected to apply for external scholarships with support from CMRI research leaders.
Projects are multidisciplinary with training in molecular and cellular biology techniques, with some involving mass spectrometry, proteomics,
bioinformatics, transgenic animals or live cell imaging.

Areas of CMRI research strength:

  • Developmental biology and genetic disease
  • Gene therapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Cancer

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must hold:
    – a relevant Bachelor’s degree with first or second class Honours, OR
    – a research Master’s degree, OR
    – at least 6 months of supervised research training.
  • Applicants must be available to start a full-time PhD at CMRI within 6 months.
  • International students are eligible to apply, but the CMRI award does not cover university tuition fees.

Website PhD Research Awards

Current list of PhD projects available



Generous postgraduate research opportunities are currently available to join the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production.

Applications will remain open until all projects are filled

Location: positions will be based at either the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine at the University of Adelaide (UA, Waite campus, SA) or The National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at Charles Sturt University (CSU, Wagga Wagga, NSW).

These projects offer a unique opportunity to work on industry-linked projects with leading grape and wine researchers and wine industry partners. All projects include an industry placement component. Available projects span the grape and wine production chain:

  • Inter-vine signalling via plant volatiles (UA)
  • Genetic basis of salt exclusion in grapevine (UA)
  • Rapid assessment of grapes prior to harvest to quantify fungal off-flavours and product composition (CSU)
  • Alternatives to sulfur dioxide for controlling Brettanomyces spoilage in wine (UA)
  • The impact of light on oxidative and reductive aging of wine (CSU)
  • Defining and exploiting the indigenous microflora of grapes (UA)
  • Efficient red winemaking by monitoring extraction and evolution of colour and polyphenols (UA)
  • Efficient red winemaking by monitoring extraction and evolution of colour and polyphenols (UA – Masters position)
  • Membrane filtration technologies for efficient wine processing and recovery of valuable extracts (UA)

Information on available projects can be found on the join us page of the ARC TC-IWP website along with eligibility, stipend and application information.  We encourage anyone interested in specific project(s) to get in touch with the listed project supervisor to express your interest and discuss the project in more detail before applying.

Applications are open to suitably qualified Australian domestic and international students.  Successful applicants will receive an indicative stipend of $32,302 per annum as set by the ARC for three years (PhD) or two years (MPhil) as well as generous project operating funds. 

The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Wine Production is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (IC170100008) with additional support from Wine Australia and industry partners.


Training Centre Manager Dr Joanna Sundstrom

Training Centre Director Professor Vladimir Jiranek





Envision Pharma Group

Location Sydney

Do you hold a life science PhD? Do you have a passion for writing? If so, a career as a Medical Writer at Envision Pharma Group could be the perfect opportunity for you.
Position Description
Working with the wider Scientific and Creative Solutions team, you will deliver medical communications projects to our pharmaceutical clients across the globe. Although some previous experience in medical writing or editing will be an advantage, as an Associate Medical Writer you will benefit from extensive training and mentoring delivered by industry-leading experts.
Key Responsibilities
Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Develop a detailed knowledge of the therapy areas you work on
  • Support the creation and delivery of content across medical communications projects
  • Write scientifically accurate content to meet client briefs
  • Support the preparation of, and participate in, client meetings
  • Work with the Client Solutions team to meet project deadlines.

Skills and Requirements

  • PhD in a life science discipline
  • A keen eye for detail across scientific content and editorial standards
  • Demonstrable passion for writing
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex ideas
  • Ability to manage own workload across multiple projects.

About Envision Pharma Group
We are a global leader in medical communications, with an international portfolio of pharmaceutical and biotechnology company clients that we support from our offices in the UK, US, and the Asia-Pacific region. We have an enviable reputation in our field and a heritage founded on continual innovation and leadership in best practice.
What is it Like Working for the Envision Pharma Group?
Envision Pharma Group is committed to developing and supporting team members, enabling them to excel in their roles, and to maintaining a culture that encourages development, as well as recognising and rewarding achievements. We are a dynamic and rewarding company to work for, offering excellent benefits and a friendly, supportive and vibrant work environment.
Send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you believe you can contribute to our continued success, to or, alternatively, visit to find out more.