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Postdoctoral Associate in Chemical and Synthetic Biology

  • Application Deadline
    13 April 2020
    (application date has expired)
  • Job Salary
    $95,000 to $100,000 , plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation
  • Website
  • Contact Name
    Dr Yu Heng Lau, groups.chem.usyd.edu.au/lau/


The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be a project leader in the research group of Dr Yu Heng Lau. The project involves conducting protein engineering on encapsulin nano-compartments as synthetic organelles for (bio)catalytic applications (see Nat. Commun. 2018, 9, 1311). The goal is to achieve selective chemo-enzymatic catalysis for fundamentally important reactions such as carbon fixation.

You will be expected to present research findings at international conferences and prepare papers for publication in refereed journals. As a senior member of the research group, you will also be expected to help with the day-to-day supervision of graduate research students, including administrative tasks relating to project organisation, safety matters and general lab management.

START DATE: Flexible, especially amidst current worldwide events. Interviews will be conducted online.


The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who possesses experience in the following areas:

- a PhD (or near completion) in chemical biology/chemistry/biochemistry/biomolecular engineering/synthetic biology, or a closely-related discipline
- recombinant protein expression and purification
- designing and cloning new protein constructs
- research record keeping and regularly disseminating research findings at group meetings and conferences
- writing up results for publications as sole author or in collaboration


The School of Chemistry is a large research active school comprising over 30 full time academic staff and approximately 100 research staff, 100 research students and 34 technical, professional and administrative staff. We administer and deliver undergraduate teaching for approx. 2000 students.

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 our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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 position description 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 sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 541/0320F to apply, or click the job link on this page.

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position.

CLOSING DATE: 11:30pm, Monday 13 April 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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