Postdoctoral Research Fellow

at Deakin University

The role

The Centre for Molecular and Medical Research (C-MMR) is located within the School of Medicine at Deakin University. This is a newly created position for a passionate and aspiring early career researcher to join the Centre on a fixed term basis to support a grant from the NHMRC under the project grant scheme. Our other project partners include the University of Georgia and the Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic.

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will contribute to the research being conducted by the Centre in the areas of influenza viral immunology and the extracellular matrix biology to elucidate the role of extracellular matrix enzymes in influenza pathogenesis and immunity using flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry.

To be successful, you'll have:

  • immunology and virology knowledge and technical expertise including experience with a range of molecular biology techniques such as PCR, cloning, RNA extraction and tissue culture.
  • Knowledge in influenza biology and immunology is preferred
  • significant flow cytometry experience, including the use of software analysis tools such as FlowJo
  • demonstrated skills in the coordination of data collection, data entry and analysis
  • a demonstrated ability to plan and conduct high-quality research and work as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team
  • a PhD in a relevant field with a substantial research component

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • work as a member of a research team to initiate and conduct research under limited supervision to achieve the objectives of the NHMRC funded project and contribute to building an active national research record
  • undertake experimental design and operate advanced laboratory and technical equipment
  • perform in vitro experiments to determine the relationship between extracellular matrix enzymes and influenza immunity
  • perform in vivo experiments in animal models to study innate and adaptive immune responses
  • remain up-to-date with current literature and methods relevant to the project and broader discipline area and become involved in professional activities such as attendance at conference and seminars


Deakin University is proud to be recognised as an organisation that offers a friendly, supportive and challenging working environment. Our staff are committed to making a genuine difference to people's lives through excellence in education and research.

We acknowledge the importance of providing a dynamic and diverse working environment and offer variety in day-to-day roles as well as professional development opportunities to assist staff to grow and progress their careers.

Deakin University staff have the opportunity to interact with colleagues from a diverse range of cultures and professional backgrounds, all of whom share a common interest in lifelong learning.


We value our staff and understand that they are more than just their jobs, that's why we offer benefits that enhance work life. Some of Deakin's workplace benefits include:

  • 17% superannuation
  • flexible work arrangements
  • discounts with third-party suppliers for health insurance, car rentals, IT and more

About us

The flexible learning options we provide our students and our diverse team of professionals, and academic experts have enabled us to achieve a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds. For eight consecutive years, we've achieved the highest level of overall student satisfaction among Victorian universities.

We have a network of campuses, learning centres and research centres across Victoria and corporate offices in Melbourne, China, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. Our online Cloud campus provides more than 13,000 students with access to state-of-the-art digital tools and direct access to world-renowned academics.

As a Victorian university with a global impact, Deakin is translating its research into commercial outcomes that will help drive innovation for Australia's economy.

Position Description: Download File Postdoc Research Fellow - PD.pdf

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and a response to key selection criteria 1-5 listed under experience, knowledge and skills on page 7 of the Position Description.

Applications close on Tuesday 28 February 2019.

*At Deakin, we value diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. We recognise that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and responsibilities. In many cases, academic careers can be put on hold through career breaks or part-time work arrangements to take on caring duties, gain experience in other industries, for medical reasons or other personal circumstances. *

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