Laboratory Head, Chemical Biology Division

Melbourne University, Melbourne (AU)
26 May 2017
25 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The ACRF Chemical Biology division investigates key biological processes and pathways critical in disease development to discover potential drug targets important for human disease.

Our researchers use chemical, biochemical, structural and biological approaches to establish how dysregulation of critical cell signalling pathways contributes to disease, and use this to guide novel therapeutic development.

The successful candidate will have a background in organic chemistry with a positive track record in applying chemistry to the life sciences. This fellowship will support research focussing on cancer research.

The candidate will have effectively developed and/or applied chemical biology approaches to investigate important biological phenomena and aspire to develop innovative technologies that enhance biological research, especially through collaboration.

To be regarded for this role, you will have sound independent research plan that leverages off the infrastructure described above. Excellent leadership skills are required to establish, manage and facilitate the growth of a research team focused on chemical biological research that will impact on clinical outcomes. The Institutes unique combination of infrastructure / equipment and capabilities attracts many students, post-doctoral scientists and internal and external collaborations. The laboratory head must continue to drive collaboration through innovations and development of model systems.

The appointee will have demonstrated capacity for group leadership, outstanding performance at Senior Research Officer or Senior Research Fellow level and a record of high quality publication and achievement of a body of research. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to gain cooperation and influence others in achieving scientific goals and building collaboration is also required. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing leadership and overseeing the operations of their independent research team whilst complimenting existing research teams in the division and across the Institute.

Terms of appointment

This position is available for 7 years, renewable. The Institute aims to provide laboratory heads with the opportunity to succeed within the first seven years of employment. We will provide a package that includes financial support for salaries and consumables, professional development and collaborations. Salary range is Academic Level C or D ranging from $119,688 – $138,006. Up to 17% superannuation and attractive salary packaging options are available.

The Institute is highly supportive of women scientists. A new childcare facility will commence building in early 2017 with a proposed completion date of 2018. Attractive awards including a childcare fellowship (Craven and Shearer Award) and additional technical assistance (Page Betheras Award) during and after maternity leave. Mentoring programs and a strong postdoctoral association contribute to an outstanding career opportunity for an ambitious junior postdoc.

Further information

A position description is available at

How to apply

Please email your application including cover letter, CV and a letter addressing the key selection criteria in pdf format to quoting reference WEHI/ECCF in the subject line.  Short-listed candidates will be invited to present an hour-long seminar and speak with faculty members.

Application closing date:  28 July 2017

At the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute we strive to ensure our staff and students enjoy a great working environment.  We value diversity and gender equity in our work force and promote flexible working arrangements for staff to balance working requirements and personal needs. We have implemented a number of gender equity initiatives to support female laboratory heads.