Job Vacancy:

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position: 3 years fixed term, full-time
Job Code: 405/0319F
Employer: © The University of Sydney
Salary: Base salary $92K - $98K p.a plus superannuation
Closing application date: 11/04/2019

Job Description

About the opportunity

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) in personalised medicine of antimicrobial treatment working in research group with Professor Jan-Willem Alffenaar (Sydney Pharmacy School) at The University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital.

The work will involve
• Grant writing
• Clinical trials
• Setting up a framework for exploration/evaluation of personalised medicine
• Development of implementation strategies for personalised medicine
• Education; students, pharmacists, physicians and nurses

The successful candidate will be responsible for
• Setting up and supervision of daily operational activities of clinical trials
• Shared supervision of (PhD/honours) students
• Writing manuscripts

Antimicrobial drug resistance and acquired drug resistance challenges physicians and pharmacists to provide their patients with optimal care. Personalised medicine in antimicrobial therapy implies the best drug provided in an optimal dose by a preferred rout of administration to cure the patient as fast as possible. In this project a framework to evaluate current and future antimicrobial drugs to with respect to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics will be developed. Observational and interventional studies will be setup to acquire relevant data. After proven success a personalised antimicrobial treatment will be implemented in a cost-effective manner. This will result in better but still affordable patient care.

About you

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 in antimicrobial pharmacology who has the below qualifications, training, skills and experience:

• PhD in a relevant discipline (awarded) and Licensed pharmacist
• Experience in the use of research methodologies relevant to drug analysis and assays
• Experience in research record keeping, preparation of research papers and communications
• Computer literacy and data analysis
• Experience in assay development
• Experience with use of pharmacokinetic modelling software
• Research experience in the techniques mentioned above
• Experience as a pharmacist in a larger hospital

Our ideal candidate would also preferably have:
• Demonstrated ability in the use of analytical methods to develop drug assays, such as mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography.
• Ability to work with minimal supervision to achieve objectives within a team environment
• Clinical research skills, including interactions with patients and with clinicians

We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who can demonstrate excellent organisational, administrative, interpersonal and communication skills along with great attention to detail.
About us

Founded in 1899, Sydney Pharmacy School has been educating students in pharmaceutical sciences for more than 100 years. Our school is consistently ranked among the world’s best for teaching and education and has an outstanding global reputation for producing high-quality research.

Our award-winning teaching modules, placement opportunities and voluntary business skills programs provide our students with a well-rounded professional degree and competitive career edge. Our academics continually optimise our programs to develop new generations of high-calibre pharmacy graduates, who are known to be the most highly sought after in Australia for employers.

For those pursuing a career in pharmacy research, our school offers an extensive enterprise that utilises an active network of collaborations and the expertise of our world-class research teams. Our research covers pharmaceutical and clinical sciences ranging from the design, synthesis and testing of drugs to the clinical and sociological aspects of pharmacy and health services research.

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And for research

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 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 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.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack 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 and search by the reference number 405/0319F to apply.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, Thursday 11 April 2019

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

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


• Fantastic opportunity to become an integral part of antimicrobial treatment working in research group with Professor Jan-Willem Alffenaar
• Located at School of Pharmacy Camperdown and Westmead Campuses
• 3 years fixed term, full-time opportunity and base salary $92K – $98K p.a plus superannuation

Selection Criteria:

Visit and search by the reference number 405/0319F to see selection criteria and to apply.

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