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The Australian National University

Research Officer

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional

Classification: ANU Officer 5/6

Classification: ANU Officer Grade 5/6 (Research)
Salary package: $68,704– $81,030 per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed Term, two (2) years

  • Contribute to a project focused on innovative approaches to determine sex-specific differences in malaria parasites.
  • Further develop your skills in cell biology, molecular biology, protein biochemistry, reverse genetics and metabolomics in the course of this exciting project.
  • Join a focused team in a flexible work environment.


This position is funded by the recently awarded ARC project ‘Signalling pathways for sexual differentiation of apicomplexan parasites’. This project aims to unravel the crucial sexual development of the malaria parasites. Only sexually differentiated parasites can survive in the mosquito vector and hence this development is essential for the parasite's life-cycle. However, very little is known about the sex-specific differences in the malaria parasite. This project will employ an innovative new approach that separates female from male parasites, thus enabling new information to be gleaned about the development of these parasites.

The expected outcomes are an understanding of the mechanisms of sexual differentiation and a functional characterisation of novel sex-specific molecules, which are pivotal prerequisites for new approaches to parasite intervention.

Teams from the Australian National University, Monash University, and the University of Glasgow will be involved in the project.


Position Overview

The Research Officer will provide comprehensive support on a diverse range of research activities, primarily in the areas of malaria parasite culturing, but also parasite transfection, flow cytometry imaging and lipid and protein biochemistry. As such, we are looking for a candidate with experience in biological and molecular processes and cell culturing.

If you have experience in basic laboratory maintenance as well as knowledge of general laboratory WHS procedures, proven organizational skills and the ability to prioritize workload we would welcome an application from you.

The position is based in the Division of Biomedical Science and Biochemistry, within the Research School of Biology.

ANU offers an attractive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation, and salary packaging arrangements, which include on campus childcare.

ANU is an inaugural member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot Program that aims to address gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).  

For more information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Alexander Maier, E:

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country.

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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