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Research Associate in Biosensor Development

University of Technology Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales 2007
Job Type:
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Job Status:
Full Time
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Research Associate in Biosensor development

Faculty of Science/Climate Change Cluster

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow. The Climate Change Cluster (C3) is currently recruiting for a talented postdoctoral fellow looking to build their research career.

Since its inception in 2008, the Climate Change Cluster (C3) at the University of Technology Sydney has been delivering on its strategic plan to build momentum, increase impact and be recognised internationally for its research excellence.

The institute has quadrupled in size since 2008 and has expanded its research capability from ecology to include additional expertise in plant physiology, microbiology, cellular biology, microfluidics, biochemistry, molecular biology (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics), physics (bio-optics), ecological modelling, chemistry, bio-informatics and remote sensing. 

We are offering a 3 year position to undertake bio sensor development. This is a unique postdoctoral opportunity for a researcher to be productive and creative as the link between biological researchers and engineers (technology developers and fabricators, designers, software engineers) to ensure that the biological challenge is met and that the final product resolves the initial question.

Reporting into Professor Peter Ralph, you will be tasked with undertaking research as part of the group of integrators who work across the research programs in C3 and with other parts of UTS, especially the Faculty of Engineering and IT. 

The role will provide the interface between biology and novel technologies to sense environmental/biochemical/biological processes in a range of research programs across C3, in both the natural environment and in industrialised settings.

We will provide an excellent research environment, which includes state of the art laboratories and office space, fantastic support staff, mentoring, and the opportunity to supervise students. 

As the successful candidate you will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant field such as electronic engineering or biotechnology.
  • A detailed knowledge of various bio-sensor technologies (such as antibody, molecular, chemical, optical, electrochemical) from the interface with the cell/medium/organism/environment to the digital/electronics data handling.
  • Knowledge of how  sensing techniques  could be used by researchers in marine microbial ecology, molecular biology, algal physiology and biophysical remote sensing to understand aquatic environments as complex living systems where constituents change in time and space and exhibit synergistic interactions.
  • An understanding of the potential applications of smart sensors and robotics both in the real world and in laboratory conditions.
  • Demonstrated experience at working across a diverse range of disciplines (from biology to engineering), understanding the various technologies, vernacular to deliver successful research outcomes.
  • Demonstrated expertise in bio-sensor development .
  • Demonstrated experience and success in working with industry partners and identifying potential applications of research with industry around bio-sensor development and/ or deployment.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: $74,010 to $90,139 pa (Level A)

This role attracts 17% superannuation in addition to the base salary. Employee benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This appointment will be on a fixed term full-time basis for three years

How To Apply

Prior to commencing your application for IRC94371, please review the Position Description and the relevant selection criteria - these can be found on our website by clicking on the apply link. You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document.   

Please note that only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC94371.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Specific enquiries on the role may be directed to Professor Peter Ralph via email at

Closing Date:  Monday 3rd July 2017 at 11.59pm (AEST)

UTS is widely acknowledged as a leader in promoting gender equity and social justice. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, UTS is a current participant in the SAGE pilot program, the Australian trial of the Athena Swan gender equity accreditation program. We welcome applications from women, particularly for senior and non-traditional roles. 


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