Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Clinical Trials Centre

Location: Sydney
Job Type: Full time
Reference: 612/0418F

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Clinical Trials Centre
Clinical Trials Centre
Reference no. 612/0418F


  • Located at Camperdown Campus
  • Fixed term full-time for 36 months
  • Remuneration Package: Level A $106K, which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity 
A unique opportunity is available for an outstanding post-doctoral scholar to conduct research in RNA and DNA biomarkers for type 1 diabetes.  This is mainly funded through a research grant from the Helmsley Trust and the JDRF Australia T1D Clinical Research Network to A/Professor Anand Hardikar.  The study involves assessing circulating biomarkers of diabetes progression in individuals with or at risk of Type 1 diabetes.  The project also involves working with cross discipline experts to compare data across multiple detection platforms.   A research career development program involving career assessment and skill development is also planned for the successful candidate.


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 the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow is open to:


  • The Scholarship is offered to selected candidate, subject to the applicant having successfully submitted their PhD thesis or awarded a PhD and be willing to undertake research in RNA and DNA biomarkers for type 1 diabetes
  • applicants must have an academic background in science and have experience in circulating biomarkers related to biological sciences, analysis of these using workflows in R and knowledge / expertise in biomarker analysis across large cohorts/samples
  • applicants must have experience conducting research in a molecular biology lab with automated RNA and DNA isolation workflows
  • applicants should have a good publication record with experience in working on large clinical study sample sets, preparing manuscripts and IP disclosure documents, presenting data at national and international meetings and training junior researchers and staff in molecular biology / cell biology techniques
  • applicants need to have experience in managing ethical approvals, ordering and maintaining lab supplies and maintaining large clinical study freezer records
  • applicants must have experience in handling animals and genotyping them
  • applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or a New Zealand Citizen.



About us
The NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, established in 1998, is a fully externally funded research centre. It conducts large multi-centre investigator-initiated clinical trials with national and international collaborators, and contributes expertise and infrastructure for trials run by others. It undertakes research aiming at improving both the conduct of trials and the resulting clinical evidence. The CTC participates in translational research from bench to bedside, conducts methodological research in relation to clinical trials, reviews and synthesises evidence from completed trials and is at the forefront of developments in methods, such as prospective meta-analysis, supervises postgraduate students in all of these areas, offers postgraduate degrees in clinical trials research, runs short courses to train people for Australian medical research, and undertakes health technology and diagnostic test assessments, economic analyses, bio statistical design and analysis, and automated central randomization services. Core funding is provided by the NHMRC, and specific projects are funded by government, public and private institutions and the pharmaceutical industry. The CTC collaborates with, Sydney Catalyst: Translational Cancer Research Centre of Central Sydney and Regional NSW, Australian Clinical Trials Alliance and works with organisations around the world in collaborations that lead to better health outcomes in Australia and internationally. New collaborations are continually sought and then consolidated in research projects.



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 Australias 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.




The University of Sydney encourages part-time and flexible working arrangements, which will be considered for this role.


Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Lena Germinarios on 02 9562 5043 or


For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Rupsha Bhatacharya name on 02 8627 7148 or


Please refer to the candidate information pack for further details.


Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position


Closing date: 11.30pm, 20 April 2018


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.


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



Candidate Information Pack