Human Microbiome Scientist (ALC/ALD)

at Curtin University

  • 2.5 years fixed term, full time - with a possibility of extension
  • $118,914 - $137,117 (ALC)
  • $143, 186 - $157, 740 (ALD)

Curtin University is developing a new initiative to investigate the role of the Human Microbiome in health and disease. This programme is a collaboration between researchers and clinicians across multiple institutions in Western Australia (WA) that was recently awarded a capacity building grant by the WA Department of Health. The programme is focused on building critical mass research and training facilities in Human Microbiome science in WA.

Accordingly, we are recruiting a Microbiome Researcher (Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor level). We are seeking an innovative Molecular (Micro) Biologist to help further develop the Microbiome research activities at Curtin University. The initial contract funding is for a 2.5 year period with the possibility for extension. The candidate would be required to explore additional funding opportunities once appointed.

The successful candidate will become part of a creative and flexible programme that will investigate the influence of the human microbiome in health and disease. The ultimate goal is to address significant unmet medical needs in multiple areas of clinical reseach. Sequencing infrastructure though the TrEnD laboratory ( and excellent supercomputing infrastructure via the Pawsey centre ( are available. The position provides unique opportunities to access clinical cohorts for microbiome, “omics” and systems biology related studies.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate should meet the following professional criteria:

  • have a PhD in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related discipline and experience in student supervision.
  • be able to proactively identify and leverage advances in microbiome research as well as new technologies to impact translational programmes.
  • have international expertise in R and D linked to molecular biology /microbiology and bioinformatics with experience in microbiome research. Experience in leading research programs is necessary.
  • have relevant (postdoctoral) experience in areas such as human Microbiota ecology , Microbiota analysis, biological interpretation, data integration, bioinformatic scripting skills.
  • be able to understand and solve challenging Microbiota related issues independently and to show a high degree of innovation.
  • Have a track record in seeking external research funding

Potential applicants can contact, Michael Bunce ( and Mark Everard ( for more information on the position and the consortium of researchers that are driving this initiative.

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